Box Building Magic

with Erin Maurelli
Wednesdays: July 24, 31, August 14; 7–9pm CT

Inspired by the Jacob’s Ladder, the magic box is a double-hinged container made of book board wrapped in paper that opens in two directions, revealing unique compartments on each side. Designed for functionality, the box contains compartments big enough to hold a standard deck of playing cards. The magic box can also serve as a jewelry box or a beautiful container for other small, important items. 

In this virtual workshop, learn how to build this unique and playful structure with an artist who has fine-tuned this box design over the last several years. Build both an unwrapped model and a finished box in this workshop. Learn how to source materials to make more magic boxes independently after the workshop ends. Participation in any other boxmaking workshop is required so participants come with experience wrapping boards and can check to make sure boards and compartments are square.

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B, C or D

$147/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $48 materials fee*
$74 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $48 materials fee*
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.
*Includes shipping (available within the continental US only)

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own materials from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). This workshop also includes a materials kit that the teaching artist will ship to the address provided at registration (paid for by the materials fee*).

Please note: Registration closes 7/8 at midnight (CT).