The Book as Sculpture

with India Johnson
Thursdays: March 16, 23, 30; 6–9pm CT

This in-person workshop is an exploration of the book as sculpture. Consider the book’s objectness in terms of volume, weight, and space/location. In each session, get inspired by images of sculptural books and book installations by various artists. Then, learn how to make a sculptural book or a structure that lends itself well to installation (for example, it may be constructed of various folded units that can be arranged sequentially on a wall). Experiment with ideas based on what you learned in addition to guided prompts that push you to think about books in 3D.

During the last session of the workshop, participants will be guided through the process of installation, presentation (this includes photographing work and drafting “wall text” to label your work for potential exhibitions), and lighting a sculptural bookwork or work-in-progress in MCBA’s bindery and reference library before taking home finished work. Friendly group feedback may be shared, if time allows.

Materials fee includes a packet of optional prompts and readings (distributed during the first session) intended as a resource for self-guided study.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 9 hours, Category B or C

$200/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 materials fee
$100 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 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.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 3/10 at midnight (CT).