Design, cut, and piece together a theater book using various papers, ephemera, photographs, stamp art and other drawing materials.

© Anastasia WeigleDuring the early part of the 19th century, small enchanting tabletop theater books were created to entertain and educate children by engaging their imaginations. Theater books were intricately designed with a stage front, scenery, actors and a small booklet with dialogue. Although these were considered toys, they were popular with adults. This workshop begins with a brief history of theater books starting with the early 18th century peepshow or miniature theater books by famous artist and designer Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756) to the 19th century paper toy theater books published by Imagerie Pellerin and J. S. Schreiber.

Students will design, cut, and piece together a theater book using various papers, ephemera, photographs, stamp art and other drawing materials.


Anastasia S. Weigle

© Maria VarnalisAnastasia holds a B.A. in Natural Science Illustration with a minor in Museum Studies and a M.S.L.I.S. in Archives Management.  She is currently in the doctoral program at Simmons College with a focus on user experience with physical objects. She is of Greek descent and her artistic talent comes from a long line of artists on her mother’s side.  Musicians, craftsmen, dancers and actors are in abundance throughout her family’s history. Although Anastasia’s training is in scientific illustration, she works primarily with mix media and found objects. She creates her pieces by deconstructing found objects and restructuring them into strong bold images. Her creations include book construction, painting and complex collages. All of her pieces have a distinct sculptural element, which directs the viewer's eye through the many layers of her work. Anastasia's art gives one the sense of observing personal conflicts, tragedies and triumphs. Anastasia's extensive background in library sciences, archival processes and preservation, and book conservation, both technical and creative imbue her work with a sense that she is at all times aware of the convoluted process of disassembling and reassembling. Her academic skills and her artistic talents are tightly woven together into a cohesive structured body of work, which encourages the viewer to discover a piece of themselves inside her art. She was featured on National Cable Television HGTV’s “That’s Clever” in August 2006 and March 2007, was listed in the 2008 Studio Visit art catalog, featured as one of the ten assemblage artists in the Jan/Feb 2009 Maine Home and Design magazine, and in 1000 Artists Books. Anastasia currently owns “In A Bind” art studio in Old Orchard Beach working as a bookbinder, book conservator, an assemblage artist.  She has taught various workshops in bookbinding, book repair, altered books and assemblage/multimedia art.


© Anastasia Weigle

Course Dates

Aug 31 to Sep 6



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