Create compelling books without any stitching.

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NOTE: This Class will meet in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets on Saturday from 10:00am-1:00pm ET

Join in the fun for this introductory book-format workshop where we explore how to create compelling “flag books” — a binding done without any stitching and held together with accordion folds and glue. Learn this unique binding, created by the book artist Hedi Kyle, which takes advantage of the sculptural ways a book can present content that involves movement. 

This class will cover some basic book skills like how to prepare, tear, and fold paper, create hard covers, and what different factors to think about as you make your flag book. We will also discuss what makes a compelling flag book and include work time and time to share what we have made. All are welcome!

Materials and tools participants must source on their own to participate: 

  • Sharpened Pencils  —this is just for marking measurements on your materials
  • Scrap printer paper (for planning composition/drawing/binding jig)
  • A few strips of heavier weight paper for the spine with the grain running long that can be folded – equal to or more than 110 lb.
  • Any scrap materials you have lying around that you find interesting — old prints, fun materials with textures for the content of your flag books and for wrapping hard covers
  • Cutting matte ***can be small, this is just for tearing down your materials and making cuts
  • Ruler
  • Davey’s binder’s board (any thickness you prefer for your covers)
  • Small container of PVA glue
  • Brush for gluing
  • Wax paper
  • Box cutter
  • Bone folder
  • 4 binder clips
  • Blue tape
  • (optional) exacto blades and cutting bar

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Instructor: Savannah Bustillo

Savannah Bustillo is a Colombian-American printmaker, papermaker and book artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BFA in studio art, specializing in printmaking, from Washington University in St. Louis. Often through language games, her work takes small, discarded objects, sounds, and movements that seem silent and insignificant and reemphasizes them. Recently this practice has turned to the visuality of sound, as Bustillo creates recordings of popularized American stories and turns them into images that the viewer must decode. She has helped teach workshops and demos in printmaking and book arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and now Maine Media!