Elsi Vassdal Ellis – Panel Book with Box

Instructor: Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Number of Days: 1 Day Skill Level: All levels Material fee: $25 Maximum Number of Student: 15

Workshop Description:

The workshop will explore the panel book structure composed of double boards glued to book cloth hinges to form stacked double-sided panels that sit on a small, lidded box to house small objects. Workshop participants will learn how to assemble the structure without access to a nipping press. Various approaches to covering the boards will be demonstrated as well as using a small die-cutting machine to create inlays for board coverings. 

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

Metal ruler Cutting mat Snap-off blade knife/Xacto knife Scissors Bone/Teflon folder Glue stick PVA and glue brush Medium size binder clips (30) 4” Bar clamps (2) Optional materials: personal collection of text-weight decorative papers

Materials Provided by Instructor:

A variety text-weight decorative paper Davey board squares (3.5” x 3.5”) and box walls Various starch coated/filled and/or aqueous latex filled poly/cotton book cloth; (i.e., Kennett/Buckram/Dover) Cuttlebug die-cutting machine with various dies Instructions and supply resources Extra binder’s clips and 4” bar clamps Prerequisites: 

Instructor Bio:

Elsi Vassdal Ellis is an alchemist, storyteller and taught design production and book arts at Western Washington University for 40 years. Her narratives are distilled from current affairs, common experiences, memories and materials to emerge in book form.  As EVE Press she has produced 175 editions (offset, letterpress, inkjet, printmaking) and 145 unique books since 1983 in a well-equipped studio. Her work is permanently housed in over 150 collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Yale University Library, and The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust and Genocide. Website: Instagram: @vassdalellis