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CURRENT Book Arts Week



with Jen Thomas

Calendar Mar 27, 2018 at 6 pm

Think outside the codex in this course that focuses on folds, flaps, and dimensional forms that can be combined in inventive ways to create alternative book structures. Creativity and experimentation are encouraged and no previous book making experience is necessary.

JEN THOMAS is currently the Book Arts Studio Coordinator at the University of Richmond and has previously taught graphic design and book arts at DePaul University and the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology. She holds a BFA in Communication Arts from VCU and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. An avid tinkerer, Jen is interested in exploring new ways of integrating traditional print/book media with emerging technologies.



with Jake Urbanski

Calendar Mar 26, 2018 at 6 pm

Take a break from your computer and learn how to make a "zine". In this course, we will appropriate imagery from magazines, draw with markers, include text with typewriters, and finally photocopy pages to produce a zine! We will have some typewriters, markers, and magazines (to cut up) but feel free to bring your own imagery and typewriter!

JAKE URBANSKI received his MFA from Indiana University, is a founding board member of Studio Two Three and the caretaker of two cats. He has taught in all areas of the arts at the VMFA Studio School, VCU and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.




with Kerri Cushman

Calendar Mar 28, 2018 at 6 pm

Discover how to produce handmade paper with low-tech methods yielding high-end results. Learn how to prepare kozo (inner bark of a mulberry tree), beat fiber, pull sheets, and wrap basic sculptural forms. Experimenting with natural fibers, we will create sheets and work three-dimensionally.

KERRI CUSHMAN is a sculptural book artist who teaches papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago (2004), exhibits her work internationally, and is the proprietor of Performing Goats Press.



with Christopher Kardambikis

Calendar Mar 29, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

WE HAVE A RISOGRAPH!!! Learn about this magical unicorn of self publishing equipment with our second Rockstar guest artist, Christopher Kardambikis.

This is a two-day, two-color workshop: Thursday, March 29, 6-9pm, and Friday, March 30, 10am-4pm. You will experiment with image production and color separations for riso printing. The workshop will explore developing a collage-based technique for creating prints using physical materials, photographs, and drawings. We will also introduce tools available in programs like Photoshop to process images for printing. Single images and sequencing for zine production will both be covered.

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works, The Art Students League, The Millay Colony, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.  He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing.  In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press. 


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