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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets 3-5pm ET on Saturday and Sunday

Thinking sculpturally and three dimensionally, we will explore the space that these objects take up—a book is a three-dimensional object, and we will expand that idea in this 4-part workshop. Exploring the Hinged Box Book structure and the Coptic binding, 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’! We will also explore alternative materials in this workshop. These structures cry out for photographs to be incorporated.

A basic supply kit will be provided, but feel free to have available special papers, threads, ribbons or art work that you feel you might want to use, as well as:

  • Bone folder
  • Xacto or utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • White glue or PVA
  • Pencil
  • Newsprint or Scrap paper
  • Additional decorative papers and/or photographs


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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.