Discover an array of book structures perfect for photographers and printmakers.

Date:  Jul 15 – 21, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Workshop Fee: $1195
Class Size: 

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This workshop will focus on a mix of traditional and contemporary book structures. We will begin by diving into the past, exploring age-old structures from around the world including the Indian account book, Japanese flutter book and butterfly book, and the accordion. Using these historical books as a springboard, we will work our way into more modern adaptations of sewing, cutting, folding, and gluing. These experiments will culminate in the creation of a storage book, designed by Hedi Kyle, to house the artist’s personal items, stories, and images. Photographers and printmakers alike will find this a useful and inspiring workshop in learning to present imagery in new and unusual ways. Beginners and those with prior book arts experience are welcome.

Artwork Credit: Valerie Carrigan 

Header Image Credit: Valerie Carrigan 

Examples of student work from Valerie Carrigans class, Alternative Book Structures, 2017. Artwork Credit: Laurie Alpert, Mary White, Dawn Watson, Alicia Eaton Lewis

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Instructor: Valerie Carrigan

Valerie Carrigan makes prints and artist books under the imprint Messenger Press. Through monotype, relief and letterpress printing, she explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Her artist books are in prominent collections across the U. S. including the Smith College Book Arts Collection, University of Vermont Arts of the Book Collection, and University of Denver Special Collections among others. Carrigan was the 2015 Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, and maintains an art studio in a historic mill in North Adams, Massachusetts.