Books and Paper Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.







fall one-week session 1

October 4 - 10, 2015

Steve Miller, Twelve Fables Set in the Shawnee Hills,

letterpress printed Arches text paper, text by Rodney

Jones, nest images by Dana Moore, binding by Anna

Embree, 8-1/4 x 5 x 1/4"




Steve Miller
The ABCs of VANDY: Letterpress and the Small Book

Let’s figure out how the Vandercook proof press works, and then use it to its best advantage printing a small book. Each participant will leave with a small, printed chapbook and a newfound respect for the letterpress process. This tightly focused session will cover typesetting, photopolymer plate making for drawings or patterns, small book design, printing, and basic binding. This workshop welcomes beginners and will also be challenging for students with some experience. All levels. Code F01L

Professor at University of Alabama; distinguished career award from the College Book Art Association; his Red Hydra Press work has been widely exhibited and collected.


This class will be held in the letterpress studio.



Ann Marie Kennedy, Holding Up, abaca paper

with plants and textiles, 25 x 19”

Ann Marie Kennedy
Paper & Place

Students in this workshop will create art made from paper pulp, incorporating natural materials that will become part of the content of their work. Linen, flax, and abaca pulps will provide a neutral palette for mineral colors, natural dyes, and plant and seed textures. As students gain proficiency in making sheets of paper, engaging with the rich natural environment of Penland will allow them to create works that reflect the colors, shapes, and textures of the changing seasons. We’ll cover sheet forming, using a deckle box, processing plants for paper making, wet collage, and creating simple sculptural forms. All levels. Code F01PM

Faculty at Wake Technical Community College; residencies: Penland, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Headlands Center for the Arts (CA); North Carolina Arts Council fellowship; exhibitions: Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross College (MA), Visual Art Exchange (NC), University of North Carolina-Wilmington.





Fall One-Week Session 3

November 1 - 7, 2015

Rory Sparks, Drum Leaf Binding, letterpress printed paper,

7 x 5-1/2”

Rory Sparks
Drum Leaf Books

Explore the versatility of the drum leaf binding, an ideal format for 2D artists because it provides a page with unbroken imagery and no gutters. Each spread can be a print, painting, or photograph. This structure provides a simple, intuitive way of laying out a book, and it’s perfect for small editions. We’ll include several cover variations and many versions of stiff-leaf bindings and board books. Windows and wells will provide a wealth of opportunities for incorporating artwork and flat objects into these books. Come prepared to invent and push the boundaries of your book forms. All levels. Code F03B

Studio artist, edition binder, printmaker; teaching: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland), Minnesota Center for Book Arts; founder of Em Space Book Arts Center (OR); exhibitions: Tacoma Art Museum (WA), Portland Art Museum (OR).





Spring Eight-Week Concentrations

March 13 - May 6, 2016

Christopher Davenport, Twelve Days,

van dyke photographs on Rives BFK paper,

cotton duck, homemade oak ink, 7-1/2 x 11-1/2”

Christopher Davenport
Hand in Hand: Books, Paper, and Print from the Top

This workshop is about making books—with our hands, our tools, our paper, and our ideas. We’ll cover gathering and preparing fibers; constructing molds, deckles, and tools; drying; surface treatment; finishes; Western and Eastern binding and printing techniques; and conceptual considerations of the book, book design, visual narratives, and generating content. We’ll divide our time between the paper and book studios with a week or two spent printing in the letterpress studio as we gain skills, explore possibilities, and make essential binding and papermaking tools. All levels. Code S00B

Studio artist and teacher at University of Alabama; other teaching: Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making (Atlanta), Kennesaw State University (PA); Alabama Arts Council Arts in Education Residency; collections: Wesleyan University (CT), School of the Art Institute of Chicago; his Pocket Knife Press books are represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers.