#5050 - Three Playful Structures: Flag Book, Triangle Book, Jacob's Ladder, with Karen Hanmer - November 10-11

#5050 - Three Playful Structures: Flag Book, Triangle Book, Jacob's Ladder, with Karen Hanmer - November 10-11

$ 255.00


These artists’ book structures function on numerous levels: as a codex held in the hand and read page by page in sequence, as a sculpture, and as a delightful object to play with. All can be made in a home studio with minimal specialized equipment. Instruction will focus on both craft and content. Students will have the opportunity to examine a variety of finished pieces and models. Importance of creating and refining prototypes will be stressed.

On Day 1 of this two-day workshop students will make a Triangle Book and a Jacob’s Ladder. On the morning of Day 2 students will construct a flag book model from kits provided by the instructor and in the afternoon make one or more using their own imagery.

November 10 & 11  from 9 am to 4 pm. There will also be a $55  materials fee.

Special note about materials

After registration, you'll receive a list of materials to bring with you. In addition, please bring the following items for each structure:

For the Jacob’s Ladder

Students should prepare in advance their own imagery printed on heavy cardstock (or images from old magazines or calendars or simply two different colors or patterns of cardstock). You will need at minimum 12 pieces at 3” square, plus a few extras in case of mishaps.

For the Triangle Book

Paper will be provided by the instructor. Students may bring their own paper that has already been printed/decorated in some way, but must be prepared to be very flexible about where the cuts are made when it is cut down into triangles

For the Flag Book

  • Eight or more copies of the same photograph or other image that is printed roughly 8” tall x 8” to 11” wide onto cardstock. This image must be oriented in the “landscape format.” This is for the panoramic image that is repeated when the book is opened.
  • Two to four other images that complement or contrast with the main image, printed roughly 8” tall x 5” wide on plain paper. These images must be oriented in the “portrait format.” These are for the covers.
  • One or two brief passages of text that is in some way related to or contrasts with the images. This is a direct-download link to the instructor’s article on Flag Books from The Bonefolder. It may help you with selecting images and visualizing a layout 

About the Instructor: Karen Hanmer 

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. See more of her work on her website at: karenhanmer.com

Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only eight graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer has studied with many notable fine binders. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

Workshop Refund Policy: Students must submit a refund request at least 7 days before the start date of a class to be issued a full (100%) refund. Requests submitted between 7 days and the start date of a class will be eligible for a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued on the day a class begins, or following the first class (if it meets multiple times).

Classes missed by students cannot be refunded or rescheduled, and makeup classes will not be provided to students who miss a regularly scheduled class. Classes with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled prior to the first class. Every effort will be made to notify the student regarding cancellation within 3 days before the first class.

If BookArtsLA cancels the class, the student will receive a full refund.


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