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[BKARTS] Workshops during the Artists' Book Conference, Los Angeles



[Cross-posted, please forgive duplication]

Artists' Book Conference, Los Angeles
May 21-May 24, 2005

Three special workshops will take place on Sunday, May 22 at Otis College of Art & Design. Be sure to sign up today because space is limited!

For more information visit www.arlis-sc.org and navigate to the "Program" page, or go directly to http://arlis-sc.libraries.claremont.edu/ABCLA/ABCworkshops.html

Workshop 1. Experience Artists’ Books Project Workshop    

Participants will have a three-hour whirlwind tour of the design and execution of an artists’ book. Each participant will make a part of one book with a common theme of play. Simple techniques for creating imagery through pop-ups, cut-aways, and add-ons will be demonstrated. A quick exercise in developing a text will be given. The sequencing of an idea throughout a book's pages will be discussed. Participants will make the leap to creating their own part of the book. Finally the parts will be playfully assembled into a magnum opus which will be photographed for posterity and then given to one of the participants in a lottery.
Instructor:
Kitty Maryatt has been teaching book arts at Scripps College in Claremont since 1986 and has published 37 collaborative letterpress editions with students at the Scripps College Press. Maryatt received her MFA from UCLA, is principal owner of Two Hands Press in Woodland Hills, California, and loves to help clients with bookish needs.



Workshop 2. Basic Conservation for Artists' Books     (One morning session, one afternoon session)
This hands-on workshop is intended to give librarians, collectors, and others basic preservation and conservation methods for working with artists' books. Artists' books are often constructed out of delicate, even volatile materials, which require special handling. This workshop will focus on housing, minor mending, and decision-making for problems that arise in caring for a collection that includes artists' books.


Instructor:
Kristen St. John manages UCLA Library's recently completed Conservation Lab. St. John worked as a conservator for Special Collections and University Archives for the Rutgers University Libraries, as well as in conservation and preservation at the University of Texas at Austin and the Library of Congress. St. John earned her bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and her master's degree in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.


Workshop 3. Sewing Through the Fold    

Participants will sew a book in signatures over tapes which will be laced into a painted paper cover with an overcover reinforcement. The structure of this book reflects the long history of Western bookbinding in which books were sewn over alum-tawed pigskin thongs, laced into wood covers, and then covered with leather. Discussions will center on why we sew books through the fold, what variations in support structures exist, how we can stabilize the spine, and what materials are appropriate for a cover. Participants will gain insight into how the binding structure is the reflection of the content of an artist’s book.
Instructor:
Kitty Maryatt has been teaching book arts at Scripps College in Claremont since 1986 and has published 37 collaborative letterpress editions with students at the Scripps College Press. Maryatt received her MFA from UCLA, is principal owner of Two Hands Press in Woodland Hills, California, and loves to help clients with bookish needs.


To register go to http://arlis-sc.libraries.claremont.edu/ABCLA/ABCregistration.html
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