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The covers of a book enclose worlds constructed of text and image. To open a book is to expose the intimate details of story, experience and idea.

Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology.

The Book Arts Program facilitates involvement with the art of the book by providing:

  • Full-semester classes exploring letterpress printing, bookmaking and artists' books offered to University students and community members.
  • Short weekend workshops and four day summer intensives with specialized instruction on ever-expanding topics.
  • Community outreach, encouraging appreciation for the tradition and art of books.
  • K–12 programs such as the Treasure Chest of Rare Books and educator workshops.
  • Residency and independent studio options.

2014 Book Arts Calendar  

January 7–April 22, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists’ Books 1 & 2

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course numbers: Art 4090 & 4095 (non-major); Art 4390 & 4395 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Class fee: $400 materials fee: $60

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. As a final project to be exhibited in a class show, each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artists’ books.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

February 5–March 5, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $180 materials fee: $50

As a result of age and use, sometimes books of the highest personal value are also the most damaged. Learn to love your books by repairing them! This five-week workshop, limited to ten motivated participants, covers foundational book repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing loose joints, torn spines, and endcaps; and reattaching detached boards. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books on which to practice repair techniques. At the workshop's completion, participants are able to assess damage to non-rare books and execute basic, non-damaging repair techniques.

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Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

February 21 & 22, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Dickinson’s Envelope-Poems

Instructor: Jen Bervin

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 materials fee: $25

Consider questions of address, crossed messages, missed messages, and messages that hit their mark by peering into some of the Emily Dickinson manuscripts published in The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems (Granary Books 2012/New Directions 2013). Led by book artist Jen Bervin, workshop participants create physical models of the poems to explore how Dickinson used the envelope and a very simple material vocabulary as a rich, formal space for poetic composition. Participation includes readings to be assigned in advance.

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Jen Bervin's work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Her books include The Gorgeous Nothings, The Dickinson Composites, and The Desert, and Nets. Her work has been published in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare, Figuring Color, Against Expression, La Familia Americana, and is forthcoming in Mel Chin's Funk & Wag from A to Z, and Re-print from Luxbooks in Berlin. Bervin has received fellowships in art and writing from Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, and The Camargo Foundation. Her work is included in the traveling exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art and is in more than thirty collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

No events scheduled at this time.

April 12, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: The Naked Book: Casebound Without Cloth

Instructor: Chris McAfee

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $80 materials fee $25

Turn a hardbound book into an artist’s canvas. Make a cover for a pre-sewn text block and finish it – not with cloth, paper, or leather – but with acrylic modeling paste. Then texture, scribe, and wax the covers to create a personal design. While spinning traditional techniques into innovative processes, investigate how bookbinding materials react to moisture and how to counteract related problems.

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Chris, who for many years taught the Book Arts Program’s bookbinding courses, received a BFA in printmaking from Brigham Young University and an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama. He currently works as Senior Conservator at the Church History Library.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

May 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Photopolymer Intaglio Printing

Instructor: Mare Blocker

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $160 materials fee $45

In this two-day printmaking powwow, Mare Blocker outlines methods for making images on transparencies as well as strategies for photopolymer intaglio printing and registration. Participants use black or tonal artwork on clear transparency to expose and develop a light sensitive photopolymer plate. By hand-wiping the photopolymer plate, participants create an original intaglio print using an etching press. Suitable for recreating an impression of a photographic image, rather than a highly detailed version. This method is ideal for those who want to reduce toxic materials in their studios. Discussion topics include ink, paper, and dampening choices. Open to all ages. Drawing experience preferred but not required.

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Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books since 1979 and established the MKimberly Press in 1984. She earned a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture at the University of Washington and an MFA at the University of Idaho. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including The Victoria and Albert, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The University of Washington Special Collections, The Albertson Library at Boise State University, and The Library of Congress. Mare has been a Library Fellow award winner from the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC and a Sally R Bishop Artist in Residence at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She is the President of the Book Arts Guild, and is on the Board of Directors for the College Book Art Association.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

May 13–July 1, Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Letterpress

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $280 materials fee: $60

This gem of an eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and drawn media, she exhibits nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

June 19–21, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Quarter Leather Flatback Lap-Case Binding

Instructor: Craig Jensen

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $240 materials fee: $70

This course focuses on the construction of a flatback lap-case binding. The lap-case binding, sometimes mistakenly called a modified Bradel binding, has been used frequently over the years for editions bound by Jensen Bindery, BookLab, Inc. and BookLab II. The structure has continuously evolved through its many applications and this class tracks that evolution, specifically addressing structure, materiality, and the relationships between parts to make a beautiful looking and functioning book. Examples of various lap case bindings are available for students to examine. Previous bookbinding experience required, preferably previous leather working skills.

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Craig Jensen began his career in 1977 when he was appointed Library Conservator for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. From 1977–1978 Craig served an internship at The Library of Congress Restoration Office under the direction of Peter Waters and Don Etherington. In 1981, Craig was recruited by Don to serve as Head of Book Conservation at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Conservation Department at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1988 Craig became President and CEO of BookLab, Inc., a partnership with Gary Frost, Paul Parisi of Acme Bookbinding and Jim Larsen of Bridgeport National Bindery. BookLab expanded its offerings beyond edition binding and box making to include library repair services, and pioneered preservation photocopy and digital reproduction of out-of-print brittle books. BookLab was one of the first companies to digitize a book. Following the close of BookLab in 1998, Craig worked for Acme Bookbinding as Vice President for Imaging. In January 2003, Craig returned to his roots and predilection for hand work by forming BookLab II in San Marcos, Texas. He continues to produce custom designed housings and fine limited edition bindings for some of the best-known libraries and private presses in the world. In 2011 Craig received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Guild of Book Workers.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

July 30 & 31, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00–5:00

K–12 Educator workshop: Bookmaking: A Tool for Thinking

Instructor: Paulette Rosen

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop Fee: Free for educators

Dive into a deep exploration of the accordion and pamphlet structures. Paulette Rosen delves into the visual and fine motor experience of book making through eight lesson plans that can easily be tailored to all abilities, ages, and across curricula. Participants make books that enhance the relationship between structure and content and facilitate sequential thinking in images and words. Leave the workshop with an array of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that support continued bookmaking in the classroom.

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Paulette Rosen is an artist and bookbinder living in Hamden, Connecticut. She graduated with a B.S. in Arts and Media (1976) and an M.A. in Child and Family Studies (1980) from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit. After working as an early childhood specialist from 1981–1990, she returned to making art and bookbinding. She has taught Book Arts to adults as faculty at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven since 1996. Paulette has taught workshops to children of all ages, and to teachers. Her artists’ books are in many collections including Yale University Sterling Library, Connecticut College Shain Library, and the Library of the Boston Athenuem. Her artists’ books and drawings have been exhibited nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 16, Saturday, 1:30–5:00

Workshop: Sunlight on Paper: Prints of Blue

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $45 materials fee: $15

Limit of 7 participants

Produce vivid blue prints from opaque silhouettes, hand-drawn imagery, transparent photocopies, ortholithographic film, or digitally produced transparencies. With a simple set-up that can be repeated at home, expose hand-coated sheets to natural light for a unique, tactile photographic print. A thrilling new technology in the 1840s, the cyanotype is celebrated today for its hand-generated possibilities through low-tech practices.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Fall 2014

Class: Academic Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major).
Contact Emily Tipps for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Explore the basic elements of bookbinding, including design and construction of the traditional book. Participants produce and take away a variety of binding models. Build on a foundation of knowledge to produce an individually designed bookwork. Intermediate and advanced students select avenues of bookbinding to pursue on a more sophisticated and artistic level.

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Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Fall 2014

Class: Academic Letterpress 1, 2 & 3

Instructor: Marnie Powers-Torrey

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Course Numbers: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major).
Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Design several letterpress projects and learn how to print them using movable type and hand-operated presses. Through discussion and critique, learn basic elements of design and typography and how to integrate other printing processes into letterpress work. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their exploration of letterpress by designing a program of study at a more complex and sophisticated level. Each student leaves with a class portfolio.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

August 29–December 12, Fridays, 9:40–12:40

Class: Typographic Communication and Book Design

Instructor: David Wolske

Location: Computer Lab 1745, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 1

Course Numbers: Des 3320 & 5320

Academic class, must be an admitted student

Investigate the fundamentals of typography and the elements of design and layout that influence the meaning of visible language. Learn to select and combine content appropriate typefaces and develop dynamic information hierarchies. In addition, the class will explore the principles and practice of planning, designing, and producing books.

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David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David's letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director's Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

September 3–October 8, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Class: Non-Credit Bookmaking

Instructor: Emiline Twitchell

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Class fee: $210 materials fee: $45

This fast-paced, six-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Learn to craft several book and book-related structures, including folded forms, non-adhesive bindings, case bindings, and enclosures. Leave with a box set of seven handmade books. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials and tools, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.

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Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She exhibits her work locally and is experienced as a bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant for the Book Arts Program.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

October 3 & 4, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Making Bone Tools & Objects by Hand

Instructor: Jim Croft

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 materials fee: $25

Experience the historic and aesthetic appeal of cutting, hewing, filing, drilling, carving, and polishing tools for bookmaking from scratch. Jim Croft shares his hand-skills and historic know-how as participants learn to process raw and found bone, antler, and horn. Craft a custom bonefolder, carve a wooden-handled awl from salvaged hardwoods, and learn tool-sharpening techniques from a master. All necessary tools are provided.

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Jim Croft has been making books since 1970 with a specialized focus on traditional materials and the structures of medieval Europe. His interest in tool-making naturally followed his study of self sufficiency. Jim has taught tool-making and bookbinding nationwide since 1995. He is the creator of Old Way, a summer workshop program in book arts tools and medieval bindings hosted at his home in Northern Idaho.

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

November 8 & 15, Sequential Saturdays, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Image to Block, Press to Post

Instructor: Claire Taylor

Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Workshop fee: $160 plus materials fee

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you cards? Got a great idea for a sassy salutation? Want to learn to carve your own plates? Get down and dirty with some printer’s devilry! This lino carving, card-printing extravaganza introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and an image to combine with linoleum and studio metal type to design and print an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately fifty letterpress-printed cards. A couple hours of homework between the two Saturdays will be required.

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Claire Taylor is the Studio Manager at the Book Arts Program and acts as head printer for the Red Butte Press. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Working mainly in letterpress and draw media, she exhibits nationally.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

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Laura Decker

Grants and Outreach Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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Marnie Powers-Torrey

Managing Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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Claire Taylor

Studio Manager, Book Arts Program

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Emily Tipps

Program Manager and Instructor, Book Arts Program

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Emiline Twitchell

Studio Coordinator and Exhibitions Assistant, Book Arts Program

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David Wolske

Creative Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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