The Book Arts Guild and Guild of Book Workers Northwest Chapter co-sponsor
Wood Shop Basics for the Book Artist
September 27 & 28, 2014 10:00am-5:00pm
Art Building Room 207
University of Washington Seattle campus
This class provides an introduction to cutting, drilling, and fastening wood using common hand tools. Each student will make a small board book with poplar, oak, and birch aircraft plywood pages, bound with Tyvek and Japanese repair tissue. The books will include enticing features of the “constructed” book: a shadow box with mitered corners, simple magnetic closures, windows, and a fold-down mirrored page. Students will use collage and assemblage to integrate content into their books.
The class is aimed towards artists with little or no woodworking experience who would like to explore the use of wood and other rigid materials in their books. The major goal is to give students confidence in utilizing wood, as well as other unconventional materials such as glass and metal. Tools and materials for the prototype will be provided.
Susan Collard is an architect and book artist in Portland, Oregon. She has been making one-of-a-kind collaged and constructed artists’ books since 1991. Enchanted by the lyricism of obsolete and prosaic objects, she works from an ever-changing trove of found materials. Susan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her work is shown and collected nationally. For more information visit
Class registration is $155.00 for BAG and GBW NW members; $185.00 for non-members.
Price includes supplies. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants. Participants will receive an email confirmation and list of items to bring to the class, location information, etc. Questions? Please contact Kate Leonard (firstname.lastname@example.org). ETA: Class registration is now full, and a waitlist has been formed.
To register, print and complete the attached PDF form and mail it to Kate Leonard with a check for $155.00 (or $185.00 for non-members).
The workshop will be filled first come, first served based on postmark of mailed registration. If the workshop is filled, a waiting list will be established. You will be notified if you are on the waiting list. If you sign up for the workshop but cannot attend and your place can be filled from the waiting list you will receive a full refund. If there is no waiting list, but you find a replacement for yourself, you will receive a full refund. If your place cannot be filled, your full registration will be retained to help cover the expenses of the workshop. If the class must be canceled, we will notify you and issue a full refund.