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During this weeklong workshop, we will explore and construct multiple 3D enclosures! Starting from the end, we will begin the week making coverings for our creations: Paste paper, marbling and painted surfaces are integral to finishing your structures. So we will start there.

Next we will learn and construct basic models that allows you to easily construct a simple slipcase box, and book cover. With a few adjustments, you can turn that model into a drop-spine box and then that into a clamshell presentation case. 

These skills easily translate into making irregularly-shaped bandboxes. The age-old tradition of fanciful enclosures for lighter-weight items like hats and gloves which were all the fashion in the Victorian era. Today they house photographic objects and lightweight sculptures or constructions. These use thinner board materials and are sewn, glued, and covered with decorative paper. You will leave with templates to make round boxes as well as heart shaped, ovals, octagons and other shaped enclosures.

This is a great companion course to Dawn Surratt’s class “Photographic Objects” or Erin Sweeney’s “Consider 3-D” and Quilting Bee

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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.