Book and Box of Curiosities





Instructor: Rhiannon Alpers
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $42.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 26, 27 and 28, 2019



Workshop description:

This 3-day intensive course focuses on showcasing a visual collection of natural curiosities and is truly a one of a kind. We will concentrate on small treasures as decoration in a two-piece set: a unique hardcover book with an inset decorative panel and a matchbox drawer for it to live in. Using an assemblage of historic illustrations, found objects, and natural artifacts we will create a visual decoration on the book cover and the box top.  Students will build and cover a matchbox drawer structure to house their book with a compartment for found and collected pieces to accompany their book. The top of the matchbox has an inset panel for creative decoration or sculptural elements to be added. Created as a multiple signature hand-sewn hardcover book, this structure allows for content to be added after the fact or collaged in with mark making techniques and transfers. The sewing structure is a traditional link stitch and the hard cover has an inset panel for a decorative sculptural panel of curiosities to be added. During the class there will be a slideshow of contemporary work which can give students ideas and inspiration about how to take this book to the next level in their artist book practice.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
snap-blade knife
2-3 small brushes for glue and hand coloring
small triangle
bone folder

Optional Tools:
Japanese hole punch
X-acto saw
image transfer copies made on a toner copier
small natural objects
decorated papers
colored pencils

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
14 x 20 book press
a small cutter
a small copier
all bookboard
papers for book and box–text blocks, end sheets, decorative papers, handmade papers
bookcloth for book and box
image transfer copies and supplies
stencils, stencil brushes, and pigments
natural objects for student use
small enclosures for student curiosities
colored pencils

Prerequisite experience/skills needed for this class:
How to thread a needle and wax the thread