Mary-Ellen Campbell – Sun and Earth

InstructorMary-Ellen Campbell
Skill LevelAll Levels
Length of Workshop2 days
Date (s)Wednesday-Thursday, June 26-27, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 2 days + $25 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$375

Workshop Description:

Create cyanotypes; those lovely indigo images made from nature or from film negatives on rusted and tea stained papers resulting in unique pages. Day 1, participants will be learning techniques as well as compiling notes on our experiments. On day 2 participants will finish up the cyanotypes and create simple books from our experiments and notes. This is not particularly a binding course but a page manipulation class. The books created will serve as technique sample books.

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • Assorted papers; watercolor and print making (such as Rives BFK 140lb or 300lb watercolor), others to experiment with (under 9×12)
  • Objects to expose (laces, feathers, leaves, etc.)
  • Pencil for note taking
  • Glass or plastic to cover largest size paper (slightly over 9×12)
  • Board to compose on (rigid surface to hold paper i.e., mat, corrugated board, etc.)Same size as glass.
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Utility blade or other cutting tool
  • Cutting surface
  • Felt-tip pen to write on plastic
  • Negatives on film-can be printed on inkjet printer or at Staples

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Text and cover paper
  • Thread
  •  Needles
  • Spare bone folders
  • Brushes
  •  Assorted papers good for soaking
  • Cyanotype and rusting chemicals
  • Trays
  • Handouts

Instructor Biography:

Mary-Ellen Campbell, holding advanced art degrees from Michigan State University and Pratt Institute, NY, is professor emerita of art after teaching 34 years. 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. More than 16 solo and 85 group shows have included her mixed media art books. Her 12 art residencies, where she made numerous books about place, include New Zealand, Australia, Finland, Costa Rica, Turkey, Kenya and various states.

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