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Book Arts Open Studio class at SPA

I just finished a three-session Book Arts Open Studio class at Studio Place Arts. I had six wonderful women in my class and since you can see only the tops of their heads, you know that they are working hard. And it was quiet in there too.

Students working in Book Arts Open Studio class

The class focused mostly on how to create imagery for artist books. We started the first week with paper cutting and collage.

Paper cutting

Then next week we worked on rubber stamp carving and pochoir, which translated from French means stencil.

Student working on pochoir technique

Student working on pochoir technique

Hand-carving rubber stamps

In the final week, we worked on image transfer and text generation. We discussed how the way you add text to a page with images can change one’s experience of a book – things as simple as typeface, color, size, and positioning can all have an effect.

Image transfer using packing tape

Stenciled letters in a book

One of the fun things about this class is that everyone creates an accordion book with pockets. When experimenting with different techniques, the students work on cards that can fit into the pockets. That way, they can refer back to the individual techniques and see how they were done.

Here are some of the books that were created in class:

Accordion book with pockets containing imagery creation cards

Accordion book with pockets containing imagery creation cards

Accordion book with pockets containing imagery creation cards

My goal is that my students will use the back of the accordion book to experiment with combining the different techniques and see how they can work together. This should lead to a greater understanding of how different creative elements can be combined in creating an artists’ book.

I hope they continue to develop the work they started!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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