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Books & Paper B Summer Session 6

Books & Paper Summer Session 6
August 8-19, 2021
Julie Leonard and Matt Runkle
Wending Our Way: Artist Books, Zines, and Comics

The artist book is a way of thinking in which form, sequence, text, image, and tactility combine to create a unique narrative experience that allows a reader to dip in and out until they get their fill. In this workshop we’ll wend our way through sequential and tactile forms, from artist books to comics to zines. We’ll strengthen our bookbinding and image-making skills, brainstorm inexpensive editioning strategies, and experiment with ways of guiding the reading experience. Students will learn a variety of book structures, digital print processes, hand print processes (gelatin printing, pochoir, image transfer, suminagashi, rubber stamps, typewriter, etc.), and content-generation techniques. The result will be an array of finished books and models for future projects. All levels.

Julie: associate professor at University of Iowa Center for the Book; other teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Penland; collections: Sackner Archive of Concrete Poetry, Yale University Library (CT); currently writing a mesostic each day to record one person’s experience of the pandemic. Matt: studio artist; teaching: San Francisco Center for the Book, University of Iowa Center for the Book, University of Nevada-Reno, Penland; collections: Library of Congress (DC), Newberry Library (Chicago), Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Miami, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Julie Leonard, "Driftless," Japanese paper, inkjet pigment printing, 5 x 6 x 1/4 inches
Matt Runkle, page spread from "Catholics," laser-printed reproduction of handwriting and collage in handbound artist book, 9 x 12 inches