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Workshops at Penland
Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
SUMMER session 7
August 24 - 30, 2014
Benjamin Elbel, Okaeri Project,
paper binding, 8 2/3 x 12 4/5 x 1 inches
Onion Skin Binding
This workshop will explore a structure in which the spine of the book is built up with layers of papers of different colors. The way the spine grows from the center to the outside and the resulting pattern inspired its name: onion skin binding. The spine can act as a stub onto which a signature can be sewn, or the pages can be incorporated into the spine, which creates a space between each page—making it ideal for mounting artwork or photographs onto the pages. Taught by the originator of the binding, this workshop will explore the strong expressive potential of this recently-developed structure. All levels. Code 07B
Binder, conservator, instructor; teaching: Centro del Bel Libro (Switzerland), Le Vesinet (Paris), London Centre for Book Arts, Boekbinderij Wilgenkamp (Netherlands), Binding re: Defined (London); exhibitions: London Artbook Fair at Whitechapel Gallery, Flow Gallery (London), Robert Frew Antiquarian Bookshop (London).
FALL session 1
OCTOBER 5 - 11, 2014
Beth Schaible, Group of Leather Longstitch Books,
leather, paper, linen cord, dimensions vary
Nontraditional Longstitch Binding
In this workshop students will create an array of functional longstitch books, starting with basic stitching and moving quickly to nontraditional patterns. Students will learn to plan and sew their own longstitch patterns and designs using cloth, leather, and paper covered boards as cover materials, creating beautifully exposed spines. Some binding experience will be helpful, but this class is for all levels. Code F01B
Printer, binder, calligrapher, and operator of Quill and Arrow Press; teaching: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD), Asheville Bookworks (NC), 7 Ton Letterpress Collective (NC); former Penland core fellow.
March 8 - May 1, 2015
Lauren Faulkenberry, The Heart Wants What It Wants,
(covers of the three books + clamshell case) paper,
letterpress printed with photopolymer plates, 6 x 6 inches each
Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory
In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut, collagraph, pressure printing, monoprinting, photopolymer, pulp painting, paper inclusions, and other techniques. Through layers of words and images, we’ll create compelling narratives that invite multiple readings. We’ll put it all together using traditional and experimental binding structures. All levels. Code S00L
Studio artist; teaching: University of Iowa Center for the Book, Asheville BookWorks (NC), University of Alabama; collections: Washington University, Duke University (NC), University of Florida, International Library of Chile.
Spring Session 2
APRIL 5 - 11, 2015
Joy Seidler, Two Moon Journals, paste paper coptic binding,
9 x 12 inches, dust jacket journal with image sewn, 10 x 8 inches
Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Mindfulness & Making
Our workshop will focus on discovering authentic personal entry points into the creative process. Together we’ll explore mindful participation with creativity and with life as we avoid the temptations of control and end-gain. We will use crafts—including pastepaper, journal making, clay work, and other forms—as a vehicle for the practice of presence and receptivity and for experiencing interconnectedness. We’ll also explore meditation, strategies for bringing mindful practices into your life, and the role of service in craft. And we’ll address questions such as, “What does it mean to be a vehicle for creative life force while being an object maker?” and “How can our creative processes assist us in being more awake in the world?” All levels. Code S02CB
Caverly: meditation teacher, Zen practitioner and founding director of One House of Peace.
Joy: studio artist, consultant, educator, trainer of teachers; 20 summers of pastepaper journal workshops in Massachusetts.
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