Focus Weeks

2019 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

FOCUS WEEKS

Marbling Fortnight ~ September 5 - 18

 

Enhanced Paper Decoration: Paste Papers, Under-printing, and Stamping
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 5 -6 (Thurs-Fri)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $45 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

Students in this workshop will explore several types of paper decorating techniques including; under-painting, stamping, and paste patterning. Participants will learn how to combine these varied decorative methods to the greatest effect as they create truly unique papers. Historically, the art of bookbinding included the practice of embellishing the books both inside and out with decoratively patterned papers. Paste papers have been used in bookbinding for 400 years. The first paste papers were decorated by using colored rice paste and these early papers were used in Germany, France, and Italy.  The early paste papers were monochromatic and the two most common colors were burnt sienna and indigo blue.  In the early 1980s, renewed interest in paste papers emerged as part of a renaissance in arts of decorative paper patterning.  Paste and other decorative papers are most commonly used for traditional crafts such as bookbinding as well as in calligraphy, printmaking, scrap booking, collage, rubber stamping, and origami.

Note: Students who plan to take the both Enhanced Paper Decoration and the Beginning Marbling class will gain special experience by learning how to add a marbling layer to the papers they created in the Enhanced Paper Decoration workshop.

 
 

Beginning Marbling
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 9 - 10 (Mon - Tue)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $45 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

This class teaches the spectrum of sound craft techniques as you learn to marble under the tutelage of master marblers Regina and Dan St. John. You will learn many traditional combed patterns plus the time-honored stone pattern. Everyone may reasonably expect to create 25-35 papers. This course includes numerous extras such as instruction in edge marbling of book pages and marbling on materials other than paper, such as leather or wood.

 

Bookbinding for Book and Paper Artists
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 12 - 13 (Thurs - Fri)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $45 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

This class, taught by Regina and Dan St. John, is where the paper arts meet the book arts and the result is wonderful books adorned with fabulous decorated papers. Featured book structures include small-scale books (who doesn’t marvel at a book that fits in the palm!) as well as books with jobs to do (for list-making, jot jotting, and holding office supplies). If you have decorative papers you have made, bring them along, and if not, come as you are, there will be plenty of everything. All of these book structures that you will learn are ones that you can readily recreate in your own workspace — for yourself or as gifts. When book meets paper, we can’t be held responsible for the creativity that ensues.

 

Pigment Grinding & Marbling Ink Preparation
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 16 (Mon)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$185 + $30 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

While many modern papers are marbled using acrylic media, marbling of earlier times employed ground pigments from plant and mineral sources. In truth, no acrylic color can ever match the beauty and depth of the color in a marbled paper made using pigments from earth’s paint box. Be prepared to feel the weight of the glass muller in your hand and to experience the unexpected essence of indigo.

 

Historical Marbled Paper Patterns
Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John

September 17 - 18 (Tue - Wed)
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$285 + $50 materials fee

PREREQUISITE: None

This class will teach you to reproduce early marbled patterns using colors prepared using traditional methods and materials. Early marblers made use of the physics of surface tension and ink densities in order to accomplish the deft, intricate patterns characteristic of marbled papers from the 1600s through the 1800s. Learn what the early marblers knew as you make magical patterns of your own. Students will learn to burnish their marbled papers, bringing the surface of the papers to a satisfying gloss.

Note: Students reap the greatest benefit by taking both
the Pigment Grinding and the Historical Marbling courses.

 
 

Boxing Week ~ October 9 - 16

 

Victorian-Era Box Structures
Instructor: Jill Deiss

October 9 (Wed)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$195

PREREQUISITE: None

Until the introduction of plastics, paper-board boxes were the norm for housing wares. Everything from pills to petticoats were contained in boxes. Our Victorian Box Making and Design course will delve into the structure, design, and history of the lowly but lovely paper-board box. In class, you will make several boxes of your own and be introduced to the techniques and materials you will need to go out and design specialized boxes for holding your own treasures.

 

Clamshell Box Making
Instructors: Instructors: Jill Deiss, Reilly Cundiff, and Rowland Kirks

October 10-11 (Thurs-Fri)
9:00 a.m. -5 p.m.

$295

PREREQUISITE: None

Create your own custom-fit clamshell boxes--an attractive and functional way to protect fragile, rare, and special books. Clamshell boxes are also ideal for storing loose materials such as documents, matted photographs, or other archival materials. Emphasis will be placed on use of acid-free/pH-neutral materials and on the selection of box making tools for the home-based studio

 

Preservation Enclosures for Rare Materials
Instructor: Jill Deiss

October 16 (Wed)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$225

PREREQUISITE: None

This one-day course teaches the construction of a number of styles of protective enclosures and is geared toward people caring for rare collections, both institutional and privately held. Rare materials are best preserved if housed in enclosures that afford adequate protection. Because rare materials include many formats--pamphlets, ephemera, photographs, as well as books--creating effective and efficient housings is both an interesting and challenging situation. Students will learn a number of basic techniques and structures that will have direct application for use in creating proper means for storing significant materials.

 

Advanced Clamshell Box Making: The Rounded Spine
Instructors: Jill Deiss, Reilly Cundiff, and Rowland Kirks

Dates set based on course demand

$285

PREREQUISITE: The School for Bookbinding Arts’ Clamshell Box Making course

This course builds on what was learned in “Clamshell Box Making.” In the advanced course, students will learn a variety of construction options to create boxes applicable to a wide variety of uses. In addition, students will work with leather to fashion the ultimate classic book box: the rounded, leather-spined clamshell.