Books & Paper

Books and Paper Workshops at Penland


Penland School of Craft offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops in the book and paper arts taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Classes focus on topics including designing handmade books, papermaking, printing, and book binding. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

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Spring scholarship deadline: December 3, 2021

NOTE: Participation in Penland workshops currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document.

Books and Paper – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
Brian Chan
Origami: Theory and Craft

Starting with traditional origami models such as the crane, frog, and iris, we’ll follow the progression of this art form up to the latest creations and techniques pioneered by modern folders. I’ll present my own work as examples and delve into the design process as we spend time understanding the geometry of origami crease patterns, exploring folding techniques, and learning about the use of different papers for different styles. Students will have the opportunity to design and fold their own models. All levels. Books studio.

Studio artist working in origami, illustration, digital sculpting, and 3D printing; teaching: MIT Hobby Shop (MA); special guest at origami conventions in Japan, Korea, Italy, Spain, Peru, and Bolivia; exhibitions: Origami House (Japan), Peabody Essex Museum (MA); diagrams published by Japan Origami Academic Society. | @brianchandesigns

Brian Chan, Oak Leaf, handmade Origamido paper, 6 x 3 x 1/2 inches
Brian Chan, Oak Leaf, handmade Origamido paper, 6 x 3 x 1/2 inches