Shawn Sheehy – A Satisfaction of Movables

InstructorShawn Sheehy
Skill LevelAll levels
Length of Workshop1 day
Date (s)Friday, June 28, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 1 day + $15 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$190

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:

  • X-Acto knife with extra blades
  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Binding needle
  • Microspatula
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Japanese screw punch (optional)

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

Per person:

  • 12 Sheets white cardstock
  • 6 Sheets of color 8.5 X 11-inch 80 lb cover stock
  • 1 Sheet 10 3/4 x 6 1/4-inch 140 lb cover stock
  • 24-inch 18/3 Unwaxed linen thread (or other heavy thread)
  • Glue cup w/ lid
  • 13-page printed patterns

Per group:

  • 8oz PVA
  • One roll low-tack painter’s tape
  • Two rolls 1/4-inch 415 tape

Instructor Biography:

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.