Shawn Sheehy – A Satisfaction of Movable

Instructor: Shawn Sheehy

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

Workshop Description:

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. You wished there was a collective noun for movable cards. Well, there is! Join paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building A SATISFACTION of movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities. All you need is a simple set of hand tools and an interest in engaging with paper mechanics. And to dial up the satisfaction quotient, you’ll bind your collection into a tidy sample book. All skill levels welcome. (Would you like to explore further applications for these structures? Take the “Movable Magic” workshop as well!) See the structure in motion:

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

xacto knife with extra blades bone folder awl binding needle microspatula tweezers scissors ruler cutting mat pencil japanese screw punch (optional)

Materials Provided by Instructor:

Per person: 12 sheets white cardstock 6 sheets of color 8.5” x 11” 80 lb cover stock 1 sheet 10 3/4” x 6 1/4” 140 lb cover stock 24” 18/3 unwaxed linen thread (or other heavy thread) glue cup w/ lid 13 pp printed patterns Per group: 8 oz pva one roll low-tack painter’s tape two rolls 1/4” 415 tape Prerequisites: 

Instructor Bio:

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching in the book arts since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. Sheehy’s trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Website: