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[BKARTS] Print Workshop at South Florida's Jaffe Center for Book Arts
JAFFE CENTER for BOOK ARTS
at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library
Boca Raton, Florida
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Book Arts & Letterpress Lists:
We've just listed the first of our autumn classes in the book arts,
open to all who have the interest in learning something new. View
full details and images at our website at the WORKSHOPS page:
The class is a collaborative print/book project that sounds like a
blast, and it's taught by Scott Miller. I studied Printmaking with
Scott when I was in the Book Arts Program at the University of
Alabama. He's back home in Florida now, still immersed in prints, but
definitely with bookish leanings. You'll enjoy working with him!
Printing the Exquisite Corpse
Instructor Scott Miller
Four Weekly Sessions:
Thursday Evenings 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
(September 11, 18, and 25 and October 2, 2008)
All levels. No print experience necessary.
Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Studio 351H
Tuition is by donation in support of JCBA, minimum donations being:
$175 general public / $125 FAU faculty & staff / $75 FAU students
Larger donations are certainly welcome!
Materials fee: $15
The "Exquisite Corpse" is a technique of image assembly invented by
the Surrealists in the 1920s. It's derived from an old parlor game
known as "Consequences," in which players write in turn on a sheet of
paper, fold it to conceal part of their writing, and then pass it on
to the next player for further contribution.
The Surrealists adapted the game to include drawing and collage,
producing a result similar to some children's books in which the
pages were cut into thirds, with the top third showing the head of a
person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third
the legs. The viewer could then mix and match the images by turning
It is said that when the Surrealists first played the game, one of
them uttered the words, "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin
nouveau!" ("The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine!") Hence the
name "Exquisite Corpse," though it's also been referred to as
"Exquisite Cadaver" and "Rotating Corpse."
In our version, each collaborator will add to the composition in
sequence after seeing only the end of what the previous person has
contributed as we build our own collective assembled collection of
images, our own exquisite corpse.
This workshop will allow students to draw, carve, and print using
mounted linoleum blocks in conjunction with the Vandercook printing
press. Mounted linoleum, while not type high, is perfectly adaptable
for the letterpress environment. At the course beginning, students
will be shown how to compose on the block surface, carve, and finally
proof the image.
Each student's linoleum blocks will be initially marked at the left
and right edges with a series of small, predetermined marks by the
instructor. Students must employ these markers within the design of
their work. Other than that, the scope and topic of the design/
illustration will be left to the individual. Students may not look at
their neighbor’s designs in order to influence the overall continuity
of the project, as that goes against the entire notion of the
exquisite corpse. Near the end of the workshop, each person will have
carved blocks that will edge register one to another.
We'll then individually lock our carved blocks into the Vandercook
press and print an edition of single color impressions. We'll tip all
the prints together to create one exquisite corpse for each member of
the class, plus three for the Jaffe Collection and one for the
WORK STUDY SCHOLARSHIP
One work study scholarship is available to a currently-enrolled FAU
student, who will take the role of studio assistant to the
instructor. The scholarship student will pay no tuition, but will be
responsible for the cost of his or her materials. In exchange for
this opportunity, the scholarship student will be expected to provide
assistance as needed to the instructor and participate in cleanup
after each session.
To apply, simply send an email expressing your interest to me at this
email address (jcutrone@xxxxxxx) by September 3, 2008. Please tell us
why you would like the opportunity, and feel free to send images or
other support material you feel may be helpful. The scholarship is
open to all FAU students, no matter your major. We'll make our
decision by September 4.
Scott Miller is a printmaker with close ties to the book arts. He has
taught printmaking at the University of Alabama, Penland School of
Crafts, New World School of the Arts, and Miami International
University, and is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at Digital
Media Arts College, Boca Raton. His work has been collected by
numerous institutions and organizations, including James Madison
University, the University of Florida, the University of Iowa Print
Club, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles.
TO APPLY for the WORKSHOP
Send an email to me at this email address (jcutrone@xxxxxxx). You'll
also see a link at the workshop page on our website to do so.
The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
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