Mary-Ellen Campbell – Artbound-Binding Techniques for Single Sheets

InstructorMary-Ellen Campbell
Skill LevelBeginner, Intermediate
Length of Workshop2 days
Date (s)Saturday–Sunday, June 29–30, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 2 days + $25 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$375

Workshop Description:

If you’ve ever wanted to bind prints, digital photos, or paintings that are on single sheets, we will learn both non-adhesive, folded bindings and sewn bindings. We’ll create a simple album following Hedi Kyle’s crown and Claire Van Vliet’s slash bindings based on concertina folds, which allow pages to be added and removed.

On the second day we’ll explore 2 sewn bindings: single page coptic and figure 8 stitch used to create sculptural or hanging books that can incorporate heavyweight pages. You’ll learn to incorporate materials such as board, wood, metals, and foam as single pages. Students can choose to bring pre-made artwork for binding or bind blank pages to be filled in or replaced later. 5 sample books will be completed.

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • Pencils
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting tools-scissors, utility blade
  • Card-weight paper for patterns
  • Metal ruler
  • Pages with personal artwork to bind (if desired)
  • Favorite decorative papers for covers

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Foam
  • Tyvek
  • Acrylics
  • Sponges
  • Book board
  • Cutting surfaces
  • Text paper
  • Book board for covers
  • Thread, needle
  • Piercer and bone folder if student doesn’t bring their own
  • Screws
  • PVA, glue brushes, containers
  • Assorted decorative papers
  • Handouts

Instructor Biography:

Mary-Ellen Campbell, holding advanced art degrees from Michigan State U and Pratt Institute, NY, is Professor Emerita of art with 34 years of teaching. She taught book arts workshops abroad and across the United States at San Francisco Center for the Book, Mendocino Art Center, CA, Sitka, OR and other art centers. She has had more than 16 solo and 85 group shows including her mixed media art and books. Her 12 art residencies where she made numerous books about place include New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kenya, and various states.