Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 26, 2013
Reception on Friday, March 8, 6 – 8 PM. Join us at 7 PM for An Artists’ Talk: Alternative Photographic Processes with Clay Harmon, Bridget Conn, and Lynette Miller
AFTER YOU lauds the creative synergy of marbler Stephen Pittelkow and photographer Alyssa C. Salomon. Together the artists marry marbling—a method of creating unique prints by transferring paint from the surface of water or other viscous matter onto paper or fabric—and photography through their interwoven creative processes. Their work will be on display at BookWorks from March 1 – April 26, 2013.
Their ongoing collaboration began out of generous curiosity. Teaching in adjoining studios at Penland School of Crafts, Pittelkow offered Salomon, “If you give me one of your cyanotypes, I’ll marble it.” The resulting marbled photograph was dazzling and fresh. The pair continues to send prints back and forth, working like jazz musicians, improvisationally, leaving space for the ideas and skills of the other, producing electric, surreal dreamscapes on paper. This exhibition features work from several series from the ongoing collaboration, as well as tools used in marbling and the handmade photographic processes and information about how the work is created. A May weekend workshop with Steve and Alyssa at Bookworks, “Marbling Meets Cyanotype,” gives community members an opportunity to experiment with and learn both.
Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 14, and Jun 18th
Tuesday 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Heather Allen Hietala
Cost: $232 (no materials fee for the class)
(suggested that one has taken Keeping Creative Visual Journals)
Description: Drawing on the idea of a daily journal practice you will explore and expand your own personal artistic style. Often it is less daunting or intimidating to explore the development of new ideas and images in the smaller format and repetitive nature of a journal. This class works uses specific parameters and the student’s established journal practice in a non-verbal, purely visual practice. By developing and maintaining a non-linear journal over 6 months we will explore how journals can lead to exciting artistic discoveries and insight. Having taken Keeping Creative Visual Journal can be helpful but not necessary.
- bring 3-5 actual pieces of your work, to introduce yourself to the first class
- current journal
- any blank journals/ sketchbooks lying around = potential journals
- favorite journal writing implement
- glue stick
- anything that you naturally use to doodle, sketch or design such as
- favorite pens/pencils/colored pencils
- watercolors and brush
- stamp and stamp pads
- collage materials
- thread and needles
- hole punches
2013_Jan 22 Creative Territory
- Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 14, and Jun 18th
- Tuesday 6:30 – 9:00 pm
March 22 – 24, 2013
Friday – Sunday, 9 – 5 with 1 hour for lunch
Instructor: Hollis Fouts
Cost: $387. (includes a materials fee of $65)
Description: Explore the wonders of working with metal as an alternative material for your books.
In this workshop we will explore the broad range of metal and metal forms, and many surface techniques for transforming them. We’ll use heat, creative surface techniques, coloration, oxidization methods and more to create unique covers and design elements.
The results are dramatic as we accelerate the oxidization process to capture the beautiful effects of time in just a few short days. We will play with a variety of patinas that may be used beyond your covers on virtually any surface. There is a sense of providence in these distinct metal finishes, allowing us to create more individual, artistic books as we respond to the diverse range and depth of effects. With their striking impact, the simplicity and accessibility of these processes will astound you.
Your covers will be bound with a decorative variation of the long stitch on a leather spine. Join us in exploring the marvels of metal and endless opportunities for play it provides. Discover creative options for your future work and the ease of achieving spectacular results. Students will come away with samples of each process for future reference and two handmade books.
No previous metalsmithing or bookbinding experience is required.
To see additional samples and previous student work, please visit www.hollisfouts.com
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:
Materials fee includes:
- 1 set each copper and brass book covers
- metal variety pack – blanks, mesh, foil, wire, hardware goodies, and more!
- oxidization and patina materials
- fuming chamber and materials
- paper for text blocks
- waxed linen thread
- metalsmithing and shop tools
- sanding blocks
- spray bottles, sponges, brushes, wax paper
**additional metal materials will be available for purchase if you want to make even more great books!
Students to bring:
- basic bookbinding materials: awl, needles, Xacto knife and scissors, metal ruler, bonefolder, Japanese punch if you have one, small cutting mat, etc.
- nice printing papers (if you want to explore some of the techniques on paper)
- decorative papers for inside covers (bring more if you want to wrap each signature) – for ideas on what paper to bring, please see samples at BookWorks and on my website (www.hollisfouts.com)
- 1 Rubbermaid (or similar) container with lid (shoebox size)
- apron or smock
- gloves - either multiple pairs of disposable or one heavy duty pair (like kitchen gloves)
- paper mask if you are sensitive to sanding dust
2013_Mar 22-24 Metal for Book Artists
- March 22 – 24, 2013
- Friday – Sunday, 9 – 5 with 1 hour for lunch
March 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2013
Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm (6 weeks)
Instructor: Annie Cicale
Description: Book artists are usually concerned with the relationship of word and image in their work. Learning the basics of typography and page design are essential to elevating the book from a dashed off to a piece where the design supports the concept. We will work with your handwriting to develop expressive textures, hand lettering with a slowed down print script, and if desired, some formal calligraphy. The basics of typography will be reviewed, and some of these can be used to make polymer plates for editions of a book. Page design will be introduced as well, with analyses of various grid systems in their historical context as well as in contemporary design. We’ll put all this together with broadsides or books, one-offs or editions, and discuss how the design of the textural parts of your work can be used to support your ideas.
2013_Mar 20-Apr 24 Text & Texture
- March 20, 27 & April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2013
- Wednesday evenings, 6-9 pm (6 weeks)
March 16-17, 2013
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)
Instructor: Frank Brannon
Cost: $237 (includes a $20 materials fee)
Description: Weekend papermaking classes for the novice and those with some previous experience. You’ll learn techniques for forming sheets of handmade paper using pulp prepared in our Reina beater. The distinctive quality of handmade paper inspires many uses. We’ll look at examples of how handmade papers are used in artwork, book arts, printmaking, cards and envelopes. This is a hands-on weekend geared to familiarizing you with our new papermaking facility.
Please bring the following items:
- Plastic apron if you have one, and wear rubber-soled shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet
2013_Mar 16-17 papermaking I
- March 16-17, 2013
- Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (1 hour lunch break)