Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
7:45 – 9:45pm
Begins January 14, 2015
Explore the world of artist’s bookmaking with this survey of techniques and applications. From single sheet constructions, accordions, and sewn binds to more complicated hybrids, this course covers all the materials and techniques needed to create personal artist’s books. Daily discussions and critiques of students’ works and contemporary artists compliment the in-class demonstrations and open lab.
So, what’s an “artist’s book”? The medium of “bookmaking”, “book arts” or “bookworks” is vast and difficult to define with precision. Being handmade is a good start, and having an artistic intent seems to follow. It’s meant to be considered as art. Unlike most art, artist’s books are meant to be touched, to be viewed from more than one perspective, interacted with and shared. Beyond these basics, the possibilities are endless. In this workshop, 10 bindings will be introduced along with concepts and techniques for hybrid creations. We’ll explore the connections between content and structure, the outside/inside, and layers of meaning for interesting visual books. Beginners to advanced are welcome with projects geared toward the individual students.