Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For Students, for Teachers, and for Book Fans of All Kinds


Artist Books—A Structural Approach
Esther K Smith
April 30–May 4
Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Fee: $400
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

Artist books work as containers for drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and even experimental and electronic media.  This workshop explores a new approach each day, with students first making quick models and looking at artist books, and then developing their pieces in the studio. Students will make books from Eastern and Early Western traditions that require only a few tools and almost no glue: simple stitched books, accordion-based forms, and simple pop-ups. Students will make their own long-stitch leather- covered sketchbooks with their favorite drawing paper.

Esther K. Smith is the author of How to Make Books (Random House).  She makes collaborative limited edition artist books with printer Dikko Faust and other artists at Purgatory Pie Press. Solo exhibitions include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard University.  Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, the Whitney, Cooper Hewitt, and the Tate. Smith has taught how to make artist books at Cooper Union since 1992, and has been a visiting artist at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), Center for Book Arts, RISD, Princeton University, London College of Communication, Camberwell College of Arts (London), and many other institutions.


Construction is complete at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, and they are going to be launching their first series of classes soon -- hopefully with a whole bunch of book art classes! Interested in teaching?  Contact donna@mtairyartgarage.org


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
3rd Annual Book Fair
May 5th 2012*
Free and open to the public
PPAC will be hosting its third annual book fair on May 5th of 2012. A number of local, national and international presses, publishers and artists will be in attendance selling books, prints and other ephemera.

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