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Starting off Monday with a guest appearance by legendary book artist and engineer, Daniel Kelm will be teaching the famous wire-edge binding technique.

Then throughout the week with Erin Sweeney we will continue to think sculpturally and three dimensionally. We will explore the space that objects take up—a book is a three-dimensional object, and we will expand on that idea in this 5-day workshop. 

Also covering the Hinged-box Book structure and Coptic bindings, we will create spaces to house our narratives and stories in new ways. The Coptic binding lends itself to becoming a long, snaky structure, or a dos-a-dos that just keeps going, or a big pile. The Hinged-box Book can be 4” x 6” or it can be 4’ x 8’! 

But wait there’s more. We will also explore alternative materials: cardboard, binder’s board, metal, wire & mesh, paper, tyvek and more. These structures cry out for photographs and artwork to be incorporated.

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Instructor: Erin Sweeney

Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts.  She also has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

Sweeney exhibits nationally, most recently at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and at the Museum of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In 2019, Sweeney was awarded a Ruth and James Ewing Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2020 was a juror for the Awards.

Additionally, Sweeney is the Coordinator of the Art Education program at Plymouth State University. She teaches Art Education and studio courses; develops curriculum, and assessment strategies, and loves to talk about teaching! She also teaches workshops at her Lovely in the Home Press and travels to teach workshops.

Instructor: Daniel Kelm

Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who is known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials. Kelm enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He invented a style of bookbinding called “wire edge binding” in the mid-1980s in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. Kelm’s experience with bookbinding began in 1978 with employment in the first of several production studios where he learned progressively more specialized traditional techniques.