Working with papyrus, construct an exquisite small treasure using an array of bookwork techniques and common materials in this intriguing bookmaking workshop guided by Daniel Essig.

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Painted papyrus book - By Daniel Essig

Daniel Essig’s work has long been captivated with traces of the bygone. Using common materials and found objects in unconventional ways, Daniel distresses the finishes and combines objects into sculptural forms, rich textures, and a sublime color palette. Daniel brings these trademarks to this intriguing on-campus retreat.

During this workshop with Daniel, participants will construct an exquisite small treasure. Learning an array of bookwork techniques, we will create a durable structure with references to book history. The process is low-tech and can be achieved with very few tools. Working with papyrus, an early form of paper, and various other papers, we will create a multi-layered cover surface that will be painted and sanded. Our books will be bound with an Ethiopian-style Binding along with Coptic end-bands. Windows, closures, and other possibilities will also be explored.

Material kit will be provided.

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Instructor: Daniel Essig

Daniel Essig was born in St Louis Missouri, and studied at Southern Illinois University, Penland School of Craft, and the University of Iowa.  He maintained a studio at Grovewood Gallery in Asheville NC for 20 years.  He currently continues his full-time studio work in Penland NC. Daniel Essig lectures and offers workshops nationally and internationally at book centers, craft schools, colleges, and artist retreats as well as privately. Daniel has created wooden and sculpture books for over 25 years.  He is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship Grant. Daniel exhibits his work nationally and is in numerous private and public collections. His work has been collected by the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery, the Mint Museum, the University of California at Santa Cruz McHenry Library, and the Topeka Public Library.