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[BKARTS] Karen Hanmer Workshop at South Florida's Jaffe Center for Book Arts

Book Arts Folks:

Hillary and Barack (and even the guys from that other party) will soon be heading here to Florida Atlantic University for the big Florida Debates... but some of us are even more excited by a visit from Chicago book artist Karen Hanmer, who will be flying in right on their heels.

The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is hosting a neat-o exhibition of Karen's work (RETRO TECH: Artists' Books & Bindings by Karen Hanmer), beginning February 5. More on the exhibition will follow, but for now, we wanted to get information out about Karen's weekend workshop. Details on the workshop are now posted here at this link:


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Flag Books: Interplay of Image and Text
with instructor Karen Hanmer

Two Days: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 2008
10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Book Arts Studio 350C
Class Limit: 12. All levels.

The foundation of Hedi Kyle's deceptively small and simple "flag book" structure is an accordion folded spine. Flaps attached to both sides of each of the spine’s “mountain” folds allow the artist to fragment and layer a number of complementary or contrasting images and narratives. When the flag book spine is pulled fully open, the fragmented images on the flaps come together to create a large, panoramic image. This transformation is accompanied by a delightful flapping sound. The spine and covers provide opportunities for additional imagery.

In this two day workshop, students will make two different styles of flag book. For both styles a sample will be made from kits provided by the instructor, plus a more finished book with students’ imagery and hand written text will be made for one or both as time permits.

Students will experiment with complementary and contrasting text and images. The class will discuss the effects of different spine and page dimensions, direction of motion, and which images will be most successful for different book styles. Students will learn a tidy, non adhesive method of covering boards and use a jig to facilitate quicker, more precise assembly.

Before creating books using their own text and imagery, students will review and discuss books from the instructor’s collection of books by other artists, as well as discuss the success and possibilities for improvement of their book models. The instructor will stress the importance of prototype construction and critical thinking at the onset of a project.

While this is not a computer class, digital printing and setting up PhotoShop templates for pages, covers and spines will be demonstrated.

General Public: $160, plus materials fee of $35 (Total $195)
FAU Students (with proof of current registration): $100, plus materials fee of $35 (Total $135)

One work study scholarship is available, which offers free tuition to a currently-enrolled FAU student. The scholarship student is responsible only for the materials fee ($35). In exchange for this opportunity, the scholarship student will be expected to provide assistance to Jaffe Center staff before, during, and after the workshop--up to 6 hours total. Deadline for scholarship application: Monday, February 11, 2008, at noon.

John Cutrone
Programs Coordinator
The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida

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