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Ready, Set, Fold: Innovative Book Structures

Instructor: Karen Hardy
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Learn the secrets of unique and intricately folded book forms that do not rely on sewing or adhesive. This workshop will focus on bookbinding techniques that take the architecture and action of the book to new levels through masterful paper engineering.

Participants will begin with a suite of books folded from a single sheet of paper, building on this basic foundation with more advanced projects. These include such inventions by renowned artist and conservator Hedi Kyle as the fishbone fold and triangle fold. Partipants will analyze the merits and limitations of a variety of materials, tools, and papers, and discuss the ways that each structure is uniquely suited to creative expression.

Each student will produce a collection of books that can be used as motivation and reference for further projects. A great advantage of these folded books lies in their minimal use of specialized supplies; they can easily be made at home, or even when traveling, with just a few readily available small tools. No previous experience required.

Workshop fee: $115, includes pre-cut paper for all book models

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