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Bookbinding For Artists with Scott McCarney


Bookbinding For Artists with Scott McCarney
June 4-8, 2018
M-F 9:30-5:30

Bookbinding for Artists is full. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist, please send a message to info (at) vsw (dot) org.

Far from being marginalized, the book has become a viable part of the contemporary artists’ multi-disciplinary practice. Book form, however, is not well understood in this context — the decisions we make when binding a book are part of the overall art-making process. This workshop will introduce basic tools and techniques of hand bookbinding for artists who are interested in incorporating books into their practice. All aspects of the material book will be considered through a series of unique structures that accommodate single sheets, folded folios, and gathered sections while exploring the materials of traditional book making. The class will focus primarily on physical considerations of book structures, but participants are welcome to bring work in progress or ideas for books. Some time will be devoted to discussing how binding structures and layout strategies literally as well as figuratively support image display.

Scott McCarney has been making books as works of art for over thirty years. His bookworks explore many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural objects and installation. He lectures, teaches, and exhibits internationally and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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