Dynamic and Infinite: Cut + Fold Books

with Irene Chan
Saturday, January 22; 1–3:30pm CT

Join visiting artist Irene Chan for an in-person binding workshop centered on experimentation, inspiration, and play! Learn several multi-dimensional book structures, all created by cutting and folding without glue or sewing. Basic bookmaking skills and tools will be introduced before making a variety of models including single-sheet books, hidden books, tunnel books with an accordion, and simple covers.

Learn to fold accordions and see several variations. Make an infinite codex structure book, explore flexagons, and create a hardcover book with secret locks. Instruction will include additional examples of all structures as well as ideas for altering certain elements to create variations. Then, discover even more possibilities by combining structures. Come away with a collection of dynamic and multi-directional structures to make future sketchbooks and artists’ books.

Irene Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in print media, papermaking, installation, storytelling performance, and book arts on subjects of Taoism, personal immigrant narratives, and forgotten histories. She established Ch’An (ch’ ahn) Press through which she has self-published prints and 30 limited-edition artist books to date.

Irene Chan’s exhibition, Chiroptera, will be on display in the Outlook Gallery at Minnesota Center for Book Arts from January 20–March 20, 2022, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue and from inside The Shop at MCBA.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 2.5 hours, Category A, B or D

$65/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
$33 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated and to wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios and the Open Book building. By registering for an in-person program, you agree to these terms. See our COVID protocols for more information.

Registration for this workshop has closed. Add your name to the wait list and you’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.