Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Workshops at PCB

Please join us for two exciting workshops with artists Esther K. Smith and Carol Barton.
Both workshops will be held in our storefront, located at 626 South Street, and are limited to 12 participants.
To register, send an email to
Cake Box Books & Soft Leather Longstitch-Esther K Smith
Saturday, July 24, 10-4 pm
$150 plus materials fee
Limited to 12 participants
Pop Art meets book arts in this introduction to ancient longstitch binding--an easy multi-signature structure that opens flat and pre-dates printing--you will stitch your sections directly to the covers. You will make a journal and a sketchbook from to start to finish--and you maybe have time to experiment with the form.
Warning: grocery shopping will never be the same. And you may never throw away another box.
Basic Materials $25--
You can bring your own bone folder, sharp scissors, the paper you most love to draw on--and/or old leather pants or the cover of an old hardback book to upcycle--and collage materials, rubber stamps, or color pencils if you'd like to make these into artist books.
Esther K Smith wrote and co-designed HOW TO MAKE BOOKS, MAGIC BOOKS & PAPER TOYS and THE PAPER BRIDE. She collaborates with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City. Solo exhibitions include London's Victoria & Albert Museum and Metropolitan Museum libraries, RISD, Harvard, Pyramid Atlantic, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and San Francisco Center for the Book. Museum collections include MoMA, the Whitney, the National Gallery of Art, Walker Art Center, SF MoMA. Smith is a member of Linda Montano's Seven Years of Living Art performance as the EK Smith Museum-- including the Apron Collection.
Esther K Smith
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Pop-Up Paper Structures - Carol Barton
Saturday, July 31, 10-4 pm
$150 plus materials fee
Limited to 12 participants

A special kind of creative magic awaits you in this workshop. You will learn basic on-the-fold pop-up structures, then progress through a series of more complicated three dimensional glued constructions. Props, platforms, and V-fold pop-ups will be covered. Emphasis will on developing an understanding of the simple mechanics involved in this art of "paper engineering." A slide show on the history of pop-up and movable books will be included. This is an ideal class for artists, teachers, graphic designers, and anyone who loves to play with paper. No prerequisite.
Supply List for Basic Pop-Up Class
Materials Fee: $6

Supplied by students:
Bone folder tool
Glue stick
X-acto knife and blades
Self-healing cutting mat or other cutting surface
Metal ruler
Right angle triangle
Scotch tape
A few art materials such as markers, colored pencils, collage materials, rubber stamps, etc.
Supplied by institution:
Digital slide projector and screen
Supplied by instructor:
Photocopies of patterns (
8 ½ x 11" copier paper, preferably bright colors, text weight (approx. 50 sheets per student)
8 ½ x 11" card stock (heavier) paper, bright colors or white (approx. 15 sheets per student)
Slide show
Sample books and other examples

Carol Barton is a book artist, curator, and teacher who has published several editions and has organized both local and national shows of artists' books. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She served as curator for the Smithsonian Institution's exhibition Science and the Artist's Book. She has taught at elementary, high school, and university levels, as well as conducted adult workshops at art centers across the United States. She is on the faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she teaches courses in bookbinding and book structures. She has had residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy and the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. Her pop-ups were featured in National Geographic Magazine's July, 2005, article Zip Code 20812: It's Only A Paper Moon. Her most recent book, The Pocket Paper Engineer, is an artist's how-to book on paper engineering.
Carol Barton

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