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Book Arts 2011 Calendar

January 11–April 26, Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00–6:30

Class: Artists’ Books

Instructors: Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey

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

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department:
Art 4090 (non-major) Art 4390 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

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.

Just as artists’ books often involve collaboration, this class is team taught by Chris McAfee and Marnie Powers-Torrey. 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 has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. 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

 

January 21–March 4

Exhibition: Messenger of Thought: Treasures from the Rare Middle East Collections

Curator: Luise Poulton

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

“The pen is the ambassador of intelligence, the messenger of thought, and the interpreter for the mind”
— Islamic writer on calligraphy

If words are the essence of books, the materials used and the technologies developed to write those words are the building blocks of a captured culture. Verbal collaborates with visual, textual with textural, enhancing meaning and inviting intimacy between writer and reader. The arts of the book – papermaking and decorating, calligraphy, illumination, and binding are highly developed in Middle Eastern culture. From ancient times, the written word and the craft of Middle Eastern bookmakers has established law, recorded history and myth, inspired faith, stimulated intellectual exploration, and created bonds between east and west.

The Rare Books Division congratulates the Middle East Center and the Middle East Library on fifty years of supporting and continuing these bonds.

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

February 16 & 23; and March 2, 9, & 16, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00

Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators

Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima

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

Workshop fee: $180; materials fee: $50

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

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

March 11–April 22

Exhibition: Herding Cats: The Wild World of Artists’ Books

Curator: J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00–6:00; Saturday, 9:00–6:00; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Interpretations of The Artist’s Book are nearly as numerous as those who create them; also abundant are the perspectives from which readers can view these works. This exhibition, with selections from the Marriott Library’s fine art and rare collections, presents remarkable examples as viewed through the lenses of text and form, design and typography, binding craft and design, drawing and illustration, and printing technique. While some book artists focus on one or a few of these areas, others shape the work in its entirety – from the germination of an idea to the final stitch of the binding. As evidenced here, the iconic form of the book – with its capacity for expression and instruction, intimacy and community, tradition and innovation – is one that offers boundless possibilities to artists of many different stripes.

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

 

March 19, Saturday, 9:00–2:00

Workshop: Chapbooks: From Digital to Designer

Instructors: Becky Thomas and David Wolske

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

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $25

The pedestrian chapbook suddenly becomes the quintessential little black dress when bookmaking craft couples with chic materials, au courant software, and digital printing capabilities. In this five-hour workshop participants first utilize the Marriott Library computers to experience the design possibilities of word processing programs and the Espresso Book Machine. We then move to the Book Arts Studio for discussion and hands-on instruction for pairing off-the-rack materials with innovative forms to fashion custom-made chapbook projects ready for the runway. Participants leave with the foundation needed to begin designing, digitally printing and constructing their own line of boutique books.

Becky Thomas came to book arts from studies in creative writing and literature. Her fascination with text, its history, fable, and manipulation, informs all of her bookwork. Her editing work on local creative journals and her interest in small press publishing adds texture to her teaching and artistic production.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. 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

 

March 26, Saturday, 9:30–1:30

Educator’s mini-workshop: Paper, Print, and Book Stampede
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, May 14

Instructors: Sandy Brunvand, Laura Decker, Allyn Hart, Becky Thomas, and Mary Toscano

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

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Rustle up some design and content for your students’ bookmaking projects. Book Arts staff in cahoots with some high-falutin community artists go whole hog in this four-hour shindig. Join them for a little horsin’ around and learn simple ways for your little buckaroos to add images to their bookwork. Drawin’, stampin’, rubbin,’ printin,’ transferrin’—all done with simple, readily available, and kid-friendly materials. Get your registration in lickety-split. You don’t want to miss this hullabaloo!

Allyn Hart, of Alta, Utah, uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio. Sandy Brunvand, a co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers in Salt Lake City, involves both material and metaphoric layers in her prints, evoking connections to the places she inhabits. Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, and Becky Thomas, of the Book Arts Program, feel incredibly lucky to have jobs where they are involved with art and bookmaking every day. All three are active participants in the literary and visual arts communities.

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

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

April 1 & 2, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Marbling with the Master

Instructor: Galen Berry

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

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $25

Something magical happens when an old book is opened and the enchantment begins with the beautiful, multicolored, patterned pastedowns. In this workshop learn the age-old secrets of making professional-quality marbled papers. Prepare to be amazed at the quantity and charmed by the names of the patterns presented: peacock, stone marble, Spanish wave, feather, nonpareil, French curl, Italian vein, and flowers. Slightly more complex techniques such as thistle, moire, fantasy wave, antique spot, and ripple are covered the second day. Participants experiment with overmarbling and masking and learn proper use of marbling ingredients. Working on paper and fabric, each participant takes home up to thirty marbled sheets.

Galen Berry, a self-taught marbling artist, developed his techniques through experimentation with arcane instructions and strange ingredients over the last twenty years. Galen sells his work nationwide and graciously passes on his secrets to students numbering in the thousands. See his website: www.marbleart.us.

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

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

 

April 7, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture:  Liberinto: The Visual and Verbal Labyrinth

Speaker: Pamela Moore

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

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Pamela Moore will talk about her creative journey across twenty-five years of work with the artist’s book. Spanning from her early use of photography and textiles, through a decade of metal books, to fine bookbinding and eventually the written word. Her talk will conclude with a general look at Visual Poetry today.

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

 

April 8 & 9, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Visual Poetry: Words into Books

Instructor: Pamela Moore

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

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $25

Poetry, with its experimentation and freedom of expression, invites the integration of words into non-standard book formats. In this class participants work to translate the verbal elements of poetry and prose into visual language and extend their approach of presenting poetry into the tactile plane. Beginning with discussion of two renowned, Spanish, visual poets, and progressing through a series of practical exercises, participants expand their own interpretive sensibilities and explore the use of the senses, the elements, geometric and organic shapes, movement, metaphor, and light as means of communication. Over two days, a variety of possibilities for housing short texts in informative or symbolic enclosures (or apertures) are considered, as well as the way objects, imagery, text and photography are used to create powerful visual metaphors. Discussion of a wide variety of materials and aesthetic options familiarizes participants with the range of possible solutions to design challenges and makes clear how aesthetic decisions inform the content of projects. Utilizing low-tech techniques such as stamping, writing, collage, and rubbing, participants integrate texts of their choice into a small-format final project—a book, object, artist’s book, or prototype. Previous bookbinding experience is not necessary, but some artistic knowledge is helpful for the technical elaboration of the chosen design.

Pamela Moore, an American book artist who has lived in Spain for most of her professional life, began her career in book arts in San Francisco after receiving a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona. In the early 90s she studied fine binding in Barcelona, which led her to an apprenticeship with the master Czech binder Jan Sobota. Her one-of-a-kind books became sculptural explorations combining copper, brass, paper, and leather with traditional and innovative binding techniques. Throughout her career, Moore has exhibited her one-of-a-kind books in both group and individual shows in the US and abroad. See her website: www.liberinto.com.

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

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

 

April 29–June 3

Exhibition: Booking a Brouhaha: Artists’ Books Course III

Curator: Marriott Library Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Book Arts Program students trigger quite a commotion as they showcase the final editions and ingenious bookwork created as part of spring semester’s Artists’ Books class. Revel in the design, writing, and craft that coalesce to produce a bit of everything from one-of-a-kind masterpieces to democratic multiples. As the world of the printed page explodes in different directions, these students utilize the ensuing pandemonium to instigate stunning innovations in the art of the book.

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

May 14, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator’s mini-workshop: Paper, Print, and Book Stampede

Instructors: Sandy Brunvand, Laura Decker, Allyn Hart, Becky Thomas, and Mary Toscano

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

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Rustle up some design and content for your students’ bookmaking projects. Book Arts staff in cahoots with some high-falutin community artists go whole hog in this four-hour shindig. Join them for a little horsin’ around and learn simple ways for your little buckaroos to add images to their bookwork. Drawin’, stampin’, rubbin,’ printin,’ transferrin’—all done with simple, readily available, and kid-friendly materials. Get your registration in lickety-split. You don’t want to miss this hullabaloo!

Allyn Hart, of Alta, Utah, uses printmaking, sewing, drawing, and painting to produce intricate monoprints, just one of the art forms that make up her extensive portfolio. Sandy Brunvand, a co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers in Salt Lake City, involves both material and metaphoric layers in her prints, evoking connections to the places she inhabits. Laura Decker, Mary Toscano, and Becky Thomas, of the Book Arts Program, feel incredibly lucky to have jobs where they are involved with art and bookmaking every day. All three are active participants in the literary and visual arts communities.

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

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

 

May 18–August 3, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress 1, 2, & 3
This class is repeated August 24–December 7

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske

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

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

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.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. 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

June 4, Saturday, 9:00–1:00

Workshop: Making Short Work of the Long-Stitch

Instructor: Emily Tipps

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

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $20

The elegant long-stitch has been used for inventive artists’ books and beautiful journals, but don’t be fooled by the apparent complexity of this exposed-sewing binding. With a few simple tools and tricks of the trade, this soft-cover structure can be as simple as A-B-C, and embellishments to this beauty, easy as 1-2-3. An assortment of thread, buttons, covers, and closures ensures that the long-stitch never gets old. In this workshop, participants view exemplars of long-stitch bindings from the Marriott Library’s Rare Books Collection, learn the techniques used to bind them, and leave with a blank book of their own making, along with instructions and ideas for constructing more in the future. Do-Re-Mi!

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, and 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.

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

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

 

June 6–July 8

Exhibition: The History of the Bible from 1455 to 1611

Curator: Stan Larson

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Beginning with luminous Latin incunabula and an original leaf from Gutenberg's Bible—the first edition printed from moveable type—this exhibition from the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Rare Books Collection highlights the Bible’s history as book object. Here are manuscripts and printed works of wide-ranging geographic origin, including Erasmus's 1516 edition of the Greek New Testament, and manuscript and printed Latin, Syriac, Coptic, and Old Church Slavonic texts. Rounding out this sumptuous survey are various English translations, from Tyndale in 1525 to the King James Version of 1611. These offerings from the Marriott Library’s Rare Books Collection afford a unique glimpse into the Bible’s material chronicle.

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

 

June 22–25, Wednesday–Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Intensive workshop: Art and Craft of Byzantine Binding

Instructor: Anna Embree

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

Workshop fee: $320; materials fee: $75

The Byzantine Empire spread across three continents and spanned more than a millennium. The bindings of this post-classical period reflect its ornateness, mystery, and cultural expansiveness. In this workshop, led step-by-step by a skilled and expert guide, participants learn about the structure through the construction of a historic model. This stately structure features uniquely shaped wooden boards, a text block sewn in two halves then joined in the center, full leather covering, decorative blind tooling, dramatic raised end bands, and braided leather clasps that hold the archaic tome closed. Find a clear pathway through the labyrinth of history in this four-day intensive workshop. Some binding experience is recommended.

Anna Embree is Associate Professor at the University of Alabama where she teaches bookbinding for the MFA in Book Arts Program in the School of Library and Information Sciences. Anna holds a Master of Arts in Textiles and Clothing from Iowa State University, a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts and Technologies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from the University of Iowa. In addition to these degree programs, Anna completed an apprenticeship in Rare Book Conservation at the University of Iowa Libraries.

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

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

July 14, Thursday, 7:00

Lecture: The Pedagogical Pop-Up Book

Speaker: Shawn Sheehy

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

The lecture is FREE and open to the public.

Shawn Sheehy earned a teaching certificate and taught (briefly) in the second-grade classroom before ultimately becoming a pop-up engineer. This lecture explores the ways in which his teacher training and experiences influence his books, and how he uses his books to continue delivering lessons to children of all ages.

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

 

July 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Educator’s workshop: Paper Engineering in the Classroom

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy

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

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

Use an accordion to play literacy and sequencing games, a tunnel book to explore the Amazon jungle, and an upcycled book to teach concrete green strategies and environmental awareness! Everyone knows books can be used to teach language arts, but what about using books to teach geometry, science, or art? Creating book forms with students provides opportunities for teaching the applied arts of sewing, gluing, and cutting; the math and logic skills required to execute them successfully; and a means for inspiring, developing, recording, and celebrating content of any sort. Projects such as these engage a student visually, kinesthetically, and when shared with others, aurally. In this two-day workshop, educators build book forms that can be used as multi-disciplinary approaches to teaching curricula, while engaging in a number of content-developing activities that pair wonderfully with book-making. As book artist Ed Hutchins says: “The book arts are at the intersection where writing, illustration, discovery, creativity and sharing come together to support the classroom curriculum.”

Shawn Sheehy is a book artist, teacher, and designer living in Chicago. He holds degrees in both Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts. His artist’s books feature lots of handmade paper and pop-up animals. He teaches workshops from coast to coast with students of all ages on a variety of book arts topics. His commercial pop-up clients include the American Girl Company and American Greetings. Please see his website: www.shawnsheehy.com.

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

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


July 15–September 9

Cosponsored Exhibition: AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

The Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City present 50 Books / 50 Covers, the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1923, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Considered the country’s most prestigious exhibition of book and cover design, the juried exhibition presents the best book and cover design of 2009.

Please join the Book Arts Program and AIGA Salt Lake City for the opening reception of AIGA 50 Books / 50 Covers, on Thursday, September 8, from 5:30–7:00 in the Special Collections Gallery.

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

August 6 & 27, Saturdays, 1:00–5:00, and August 19, Friday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Comic Relief: Alternative Letterpress Forms

Instructors: Laura Decker, Claire Taylor, Mary Toscano

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

Workshop fee: $145; materials fee: $30

In this workshop, supermen and wonder women marvel at zines, then collect their thought bubbles to create sequential imagery and learn alternative printing methods to make their own. Each participant starts by selecting a simple book format and spawning a concept. Then they etch imagery onto scribe coat film (a vintage material once used for map making, and ideal for fine line work), develop photopolymer plates from which to letterpress-print, and use antique wood type to create eye-POP!-ing covers for their alternative publications. Participants edition their projects to exchange with one another and carry their fresh collections home in a letterpress-printed, comic-book-store-inspired paper bag…cooler than Iceman!

Laura Decker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, with a BFA in Illustration. She promptly moved back home to Salt Lake City and works as a Studio Assistant at the Book Arts Program. Laura's work is exhibited both locally and nationally.

Claire Taylor is a local artist who currently works as the Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

Mary Toscano grew up in Salt Lake City and received a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from the University of Utah. She works in drawing, printmaking, installation, and works on and with paper. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Mary is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Marriott Library and the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah.

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

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

 

August 13, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator’s mini-workshop: The Simple Thread of Sewn Books
This workshop is repeated on Saturday, October 8.

Instructor: Louona Tanner

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

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

When a story is presented in book form, it comes to life—like Pinocchio! Students are enchanted when they see their words or artwork in a real book. Even more exciting and empowering is when they can accomplish the binding themselves. In this workshop, educators learn simple sewn book forms—the Japanese side stitch, the Ethiopian wish book, and the ribbon spine, to name but a few—to share with their students. With these magical lessons in hand, students can spin their yarns and bind them too, happily ever after!

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination and calligraphy with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and taught at YouthCity for eight years. She has exhibited her work at the Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Covey Center for the Arts, J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

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

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

 

August 20, Saturday, 12:30–4:30

Workshop: Creating Custom Bookcloth

Instructor: Chris McAfee

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

Workshop fee: $45; materials fee: $20

Fabric offers an attractive and durable solution for covering boxes and book covers, but ready-made bookcloth presents a limited palette of mostly solid colors and humdrum textures. Don’t get hemmed in by run-of-the-mill choices! Instead, back your own textiles with Japanese paper for use as bookcloth. Want to cover an artist’s book with calico from your grandmother’s apron? Think art-deco-printed percale would make a swell cover for your next blank journal? Would sleek silk be an elegant solution for that photo album you’re making? In this workshop, participants expand their ability to tailor their bookwork by learning to back fabric with simple materials and easy-to-access tools.

Chris McAfee, 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 has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives.

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

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

 

August 24–December 7, Wednesdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Letterpress 1, 2, & 3

Instructors: Marnie Powers-Torrey and David Wolske

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

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3060, 4060, & 4070 (non-major); Art 3360, 4370, & 4380 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

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.

Marnie holds an MFA in photography and is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She teaches letterpress printing, alternative printing techniques, and other courses for the Book Arts Program. She prints limited-edition books for the Red Butte Press. Marnie has taught classes in photography and etching for the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

David Wolske is the Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. 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

 

 

August 25–December 8, Thursdays, 4:10–8:00

Class: Bookbinding 1, 2, & 3

Instructor: Emily Tipps

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

Noncredit class fee: $400; materials fee: $60

This class may also be taken for credit through the University of Utah Art and Art History Department: Art 3065, 4065, & 4075 (non-major); Art 3365, 4375, & 4385 (art major). Contact Marnie Powers-Torrey for graduate credit information.

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.

Emily Tipps is Studio Coordinator and Binding Instructor at the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. She discovered the world of chapbooks and small presses while earning her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado. Enchanted, she went on to receive her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She has taught courses in creative writing and book arts at the Universities of Alabama and Colorado. Emily is also the proprietor of High5 Press, whose limited-edition artist's books are held in collections and exhibited nationally.

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

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

September 8, Thursday; reception 5:30–7:00 / film 7:00–9:30

AIGA 50 Books 50 Covers exhibit and Amos Kennedy film screening promotion

Reception for the exhibition 50 Books / 50 Covers
 – AND –
Free screening of the film Proceed and Be Bold!

Reception Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Screening Location: Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, 1st floor

Both events are FREE and open to the public.

50 Books / 50 Covers is the international traveling exhibition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Since 1923, the AIGA 50/50 competition and exhibition has recognized excellence in book design and production. This juried exhibition, considered the country’s most prestigious exhibition of book and cover design, presents the best designs of 2009.

Proceed and Be Bold! documents the story of Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., who discovered letterpress printing on a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Immediately hooked, he returned home to set up a small print shop in his basement. Kennedy’s provocative work, humor, and lifestyle question the premises of the contemporary art world, as well as widely held assumptions about what constitutes success. See the trailer here. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Kennedy, who is visiting Utah to teach a workshop at the Book Arts Program September 9 & 10 (for details see “The Joker’s Wild” below).

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

 

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

Workshop: The Joker’s Wild: Unpredictable Letterpress

Instructor: Amos Kennedy

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

Workshop fee: $160; materials fee: $30

Anty up for this two-day printing adventure with Amos Kennedy, the wild card of letterpress. Participants go all in, using layers of ink, bold graphic elements, wood type, and ingenuity to create unique broadsides. Don’t be intimidated by fine press printing—break away from letterpress’s staid side. Leave the poker face at home, and bring ideas, spontaneity, and style to discover what’s up the dealer's sleeve. No bluffing: for practiced pressmen and nervous novitiates alike, this workshop is an ace-in-the-hole.

Amos Kennedy works in a studio chock-full of presses and wood type in the small town of Gordo, Alabama and teaches extensively around the country and the world, including numerous workshops in Italy. His work is uniquely affordable and widely collected.

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

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

 

September 16–November 4

Exhibition: Counterform: A Juried Show of Utah Book Work

Curator: Book Arts Program

Location: Special Collections Gallery, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor

Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 8–6; Saturday, 9–6; Hours differ during University breaks and holidays.

The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

This returning exhibition showcases outstanding work produced by Utah's bookmakers. Open to professionals, amateurs, and students alike, this juried exhibition highlights the witty and the preposterous, the poignant and the sublime—works of remarkable concept and design. Many of these books are created in response to Book Arts Program workshops and classes; all manifest the freshness inherent in courageous creativity.

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

October 8, Saturday, 1:30–5:30

Educator’s mini-workshop: The Simple Thread of Sewn Books

Instructor: Louona Tanner

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

Workshop fee: Workshop fee is underwritten for educators.

When a story is presented in book form, it comes to life—like Pinocchio! Students are enchanted when they see their words or artwork in a real book. Even more exciting and empowering is when they can accomplish the binding themselves. In this workshop, educators learn simple sewn book forms—the Japanese side stitch, the Ethiopian wish book, and the ribbon spine, to name but a few—to share with their students. With these magical lessons in hand, students can spin their yarns and bind them too, happily ever after!

Louona Tanner holds a BFA from Weber State University and has studied illumination and calligraphy with Sheila Waters, Ken Harris, and Reggie Ezell. Louona teaches book arts for the Book Arts Program and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association, and taught at YouthCity for eight years. She has exhibited her work at the Ogden Eccles Art Center, Springville Art Museum, Covey Center for the Arts, J. Willard Marriott Library, Rio Grand Gallery, and national calligraphy conventions.

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

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

November 12, Saturday, 9:00–5:00

Workshop: Press to Post in a Day

Instructor: Claire Taylor

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

Workshop fee: $80; materials fee: $30

Hoping to send unique holiday cards this year? Want to personalize thank-you cards? Got a great idea for a sassy salutation? Get down and dirty with some printer's devilry! This card-printing extravaganza introduces the aesthetic and technical delights of letterpress printing. Bring a message and use the Book Arts Program’s vast collection of vintage zinc cuts and metal type to design and print an inspired and personalized greeting. Leave with an edition of approximately fifty letterpress-printed cards.

Claire Taylor is a local artist who currently works as the Studio Coordinator at the Book Arts Program. She received a BFA from the University of Utah in printmaking in 2007. Her work has been exhibited locally and nationally.

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

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

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Book Arts Studio

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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

Binding Instructor and Studio Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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Mary Toscano

Library Exhibitions and Studio Coordinator, Book Arts Program

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David Wolske

Creative Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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