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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 a letterpress and book artist who excels in marrying traditional techniques with technology and is the Book Arts Program Chair and Studio Manager at Maine Media. He is the owner of DoubleDoor Creative in Camden, ME. In 2015, Richard was the first Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media where he wrote, illustrated, printed, and bound a limited-edition abecedary of alliterative haiku. Richard received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in painting and illustration.

After working for three years developing products for Crayola and Liquitex, he returned to school and earned an MFA in graphic design (Tyler School of Art- Temple University). Then started a five-year tour of universities as an art and design professor which led him to New York City, where he taught at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. While doing this, he freelanced as an illustrator and graphic designer for companies like The GAP, Macy's, American Craft Museum, Metlife, Pearson Education, and Scholastic. Then he took positions at Clicquot, Inc. and Clinique Cosmetics consecutively. For Clinique Cosmetics, he managed multi-million-dollar, international, seasonal product and promotional launches as the director of package design worldwide. For Clicquot, Inc. he was a one-person art department for the wine importer/promoter of Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Bouchard, and many other ultra-premium wines. It was in NYC, that he found and frequented The Center for Book Arts learning much about letterpress and the book as an art form.