Join us for a creative day of holiday gift making!
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This short one-day community engagement class will offer step by step demonstrations on how to construct a sturdy and chic presentation box. Please bring the item that you want to house in your custom-made case. Supplies will be provided, but please bring any specialty paper, bookcloth or ribbon that you may want to use.
Instructor: Richard Reitz Smith
Richard Reitz Smith is the Book Arts Program Chair and Studio Manager at Maine Media. He is an artist trained as a graphic designer and excels in marrying traditional techniques with modern technology in the pursuit of all forms of book arts and letterpress printing.
In 5 days, explore how to print on and use single sheets of paper in your designs. Whether the goal is a striking poster of handset type, a folded booklet with poems and illustrations, or a brochure of printed images, a letterpress printed sheet makes a statement. Using the rules of imposition, you can quickly make a chapbook as well. Morning demonstrations of different techniques on the presses as well as time to design will lead into afternoon time on the press to print multiple
This workshop will cover the basics, like how to prep paper and paints for each type of decoration and how to use tools specific to different designs. Use them for endpapers, book covers, and boxes, or in other art practices like collage. Practice traditional designs like marbled chevrons, french curls, and thistles.
Explore the possibilities of adding calligraphy and hand lettering to your books and artwork. Learn how to use a variety of mark making tools and experiment with a variety of inks and papers. Each student will work towards creating an original broadside and small pamphlet book featuring the hand lettering skills they’ve learned.