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Artist Book Making Intensive | Split Rock Cove

August 4, 2017 - August 6, 2017

August 4 -6, 2017; 10am – 4pm each day


What is an Artist Book?  Do artist books require words?  Or images?  What about structure as a part of the content?  Yes, yes, and yes.   Because artistsbooks are works of art that utilize the form of the book. They may be published in small editions, though they are often produced as one-of-a-kind objects.  And their subject matter is as varied as any other art form.

In this series of workshops three Maine book artists will explore a variety of book structures, decorative techniques, and content.  Each day there will be one primary focus for the day, and at least one auxiliary technique that can be completed in short bursts of time, perhaps over lunch, or while you’re waiting for something to dry.

Participants will leave with several completed books, a lot of handouts for further explorations, and some other useful skills and decorated papers for future bookmaking.

Friday, August 4                 Gelatin Prints   with Abbie Read plus Xerox transfers with Sandy Weisman

Saturday, August 5            Coptic Binding  with Abbie Read; Stab Binding with Sandy Weisman; plus paper marbling with Cynthia McGuirl

Sunday, August 6                Hardbound Book  with Cynthia McGuirl; plus Sun Prints with Sandy Weisman

Maximum 8 participants each day; please bring your own lunch; drinks provided

To register go to www.26splitrockcove.com or call Sandy at 207-596-7624

Cost $100 / day; $275 for all three  (and a $15 / day materials fee)

A deposit of $200 is required for the entire weekend.

Cynthia McGuirl works with fiber, metal and paper utilizing the techniques of stitching, hammering and bookbinding and discovering a back and forth repertoire between creating narrative images and creating objects.  Cindy states:  “I try to work in an intuitive way when creating books. One image or word leads to another and when I feel it has come together completely, the book is done. I hope people find the narrative informative and entertaining but that it also inspires them to think about their own stories.”

Abbie Read works in collage, book arts and mixed media sculpture that usually incorporates old and discarded books as well as found objects. She has taught art in high school and college; most recently she teaches workshops relating to Book Arts in the mid coast Maine area. She lives and works in Appleton, in her studio on Appleton Ridge.

Sandy Weisman is a poet and visual artist, creating artist books and collages that use both word and image. Her poetry has been included in two anthologies and several other journals, including Off the Coast, the Aurorean, and Muddy River Review.  Her artist books and mixed media collages have been exhibited in the Boston area and in Maine.


August 4, 2017
August 6, 2017
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26 Split Rock Cove
26 Split Rock Cove
South Thomaston, ME 04858 United States
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207 596 7624