Paper and Book Intensive 2014

The Paper and Book Intensive is trying to kill me. After I took way too many classes this year, I swore that I wouldn’t take any in 2014.

Then on November 1st, PBI had to go and announce next year’s workshops. I hate you.

I love you.

Check out some of these book-related workshops they have lined up:

Design­ing Toroidal Books: Fol­low the Fold and Stray No More! with Ken Leslie (he’s from Vermont!)

A torus is any shape with a hole in it—a bagel, for instance. Toroidal books have the advantage of being viewed in two ways—folded as page-by-page accordion book variants that return to their starting point, and fully opened, fully seen artworks. Fully opened they’re more like a painting, drawing or print and can be exhibited as such.

We’ll explore a variety of circular and rectilinear toroidal structures. Then each participant will design and produce an artist book that merges form with content. And because these structures start with just a single flat surface, the leap from one-of-a-kind book to printed multiple is an easy one.

Three Case Styles for Three Bookbindings with Priscilla Spitler

Twenty years after the first PBI edition of Three Bookbindings by Gary Frost, Priscilla Spitler returns to oversee the edition binding of a newly revised text bound in a case binding, the most efficient structure for edition work. Students will learn fast yet refined techniques of case binding bound in three styles: quarter, half and full cloth. Beginning with prototype bindings, they will then participate in the production of the actual edition from sewing to casing in, through the use of jigs, set-ups and teamwork, operation by operation.

More Than a Book, More Than a Box with Cor Aerssens

This workshop introduces students to innovative thinking and techniques in creative book and box work while building a structure designed by the instructor specifically for this PBI 2014 course. Students will all make a small, portable writing desk that also functions as a storage container for writing tools and for a book designed to work specifically with the desk.

The class will begin by making a non-adhesive book sewn on vellum supports and attached to an inlay within the box. This, Aerssens calls the ‘floating book’. The box itself has two flexible lids, within which sits the book on its inlay. Beneath the inlay is a concave compartment for storing writing or drawing materials. The sides have angular corners and a beveled top. The box will be constructed from board with no additional covering materials added: just the sanded board.

And that’s just the beginning – there are more. So many more. They’re trying to kill me.

I think it’s time to apply for another grant from the Vermont Arts Council.

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

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