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[BKARTS] Book Arts Workshops

Plainsboro, NJ -   mgpstudio@xxxxxxx

Alternative Shaped Books – Sunday, May 17
Book design is another element in the creation of a fully integrated work. 
In this class we will make two hardbound books that differ from the 
traditional rectangular book form and move into alternative shaped book structures. 

Single Sheets Photo Accordion Book – Saturday Mary 30
The versatility of the accordion book creates immense potential for 
content. This book is created with each individual page cut to frame your art – 
photos, prints, drawings, etc., ultimately creating an album. The accordion 
provides the support for the binding of the book. If time permits we will make 
a slipcase to complement it. 

Miniature Carousel Book – Sunday, May 31 – 10-12:30 am
A carousel book is an ingenious work, containing three-dimensional 
panoramic scenes that are revealed in multilayered openings that recede into space. 
Its seductiveness comes as a result of its construction, a series of five 
scenes, which when taken together are a play in five acts. When fully opened 
it creates a full 180 degrees stage, which from an aerial perspective can be 
seen as a complex star. 

Variation on the Pamphlet – Sunday, May 31 – 1:30 - 4 pm
The pamphlet is the most basic of book structures, yet its potential for 
creative expression is unbound. We will elevate this structure to the many 
ways that it can be used – from a hardbound book, to diverse and innovative 
page extensions and layouts. 

Introduction to Bookbinding – Saturday, June 27
This class is designed for beginners or for those who wants to brush up on 
their skills. A great introduction to the world of handmade books. We will 
construct a number of structures: a pamphlet, an accordion book, a 
non-adhesive multi-section book, and more. Discussion will center on the history of 
bookmaking and the contrast between eastern and western binding. A hands-on 
approach for teachers, librarians and lovers of books. The book is a magic 
object where everyone can present their ideas and stories. 

Miniature Books – Sunday, June 28
Come and create a wonderful array of miniature books, using both 
traditional and experimental book structures. An assortment of techniques will be 
employed, from pop-ups to sewing. We will create an array of books, working with 
diverse media, book design and materials. Bring collage elements, your 
favorite stamps and anything else you would like to incorporate in your books. 

All classes meet 10-4 unless otherwise specified. Materials are included in 
the class fee. You would need to supply the basic bookbinding materials. 
For additional information please contact Maria G. Pisano at 

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