In this artist book workshop, we will create a variety of book structures, emphasizing the sculptural possibilities of the book. We will start by making paste papers (painted decorative papers) to use as covers for a paper-bound journal. We will continue with the woven flexagon, the flower fold (or endless origami), and then move on to the map fold, with variations on all these forms. The panorama concertina, an accordion book with cut floating panels will be the final book. Short writing exercises will help to create content for our books. To add imagery, we will carve our own rubber stamps, learn line transfer drawing, and create mono prints. Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss their artist books as needed and will leave with the knowledge and techniques to create many more.
Alice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. She has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first library in the U.S., founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and also teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, and other locations. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and has been an active member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998.
Alice has been awarded many artist residencies in Europe, some of which involve teaching and exhibiting. Her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide and you can listen to a podcast about her work from the University of Alabama. Her art work is also featured in “500 Handmade Books,” “Magic Books and Paper Toys,” “1000 Artists’ Books” and “Making Handmade Books.” Her artist books have been reviewed in Fine Books magazine and on-line in the New Yorker magazine’s Book Bench blog.