Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking

with Rachel Church
Tuesdays: June 1, 8, 15; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs, and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home.

This is a great process for all levels of artists to quickly express themselves through pattern and print! Next, explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can be used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. Last, learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and experiment with ways to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. All of these techniques can be combined with other art and bookmaking processes you may already know to enhance your practice.

Rachel E. Church (she/her) is an intermedial artist, book artist, and printmaker working and teaching in Maine. She has a BA in Art with a concentration in Printmaking and Entrepreneurial Studies, a BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Book Arts, and an MFA in Intermedia. She is pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD at the University of Maine investigating the intersection of cookbooks as historical documentation of domesticity and gender, and cookbooks as art objects. A member of Running with Scissors Studios in Portland, Maine, she also enjoys traveling, cooking, camping, hiking, and sewing. To learn more click here.

All skill levels welcome!
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
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.

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 supplies 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).

Please note: Registration closes 5/23 at midnight (CT).