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2017 Summer Workshops

I may add a fly by visit to the London Centre for Book Arts sometime in May or June. In the meantime, here are a couple of things on the calendar for July and August:

I am headed to Frogman’s Print Workshops in Omaha for the first time to teach a course on artist books and enclosures from July 10 to 15: In this course participants will produce artists’ books inspired by personal possessions. Each student will come to the course armed with a collection of small objects which we will use to generate content for our books. We will investigate a variety of simple book structures and discuss the possibilities they offer for incorporating content. After warming up with a series of writing assignments and book sketches, students will each create an artist’s book devoted to an object they select. In the last stage of the course, we will produce boxes to house the books and the objects as a unit.

More information here.

I am excited to return to the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina this summer to teach an artist book workshop during session five (July 23 to August 8.) This letterpress-based workshop is devoted to books as an expressive form. We’ll begin by combining simple bookbinding techniques, writing exercises, and drawing assignments to create book sketches and drafts. We’ll waste no time moving our ideas to the press: setting type in metal, carving imagery from linoleum, and guiding our ideas into book form. By the end of the session, each participant will create an edition of an artist’s book. Topics will include basic press operation, hand-setting type, letterpress image-making, and basic bookbinding structures. All levels.

More information here.


6 comments on “WORKSHOPS

  1. su523
    January 17, 2013

    I’m hoping to get on the West Dean course. I love West Dean and I really want to learn about letterpress. So West Dean + letterpress = one very happy bunny.


    • Big Jump Press
      January 17, 2013

      That’s excellent, Su! West Dean is beautiful, I agree! (And the food is tops.) I’ll see you there!

  2. Bonnie Scott
    February 18, 2014

    Sarah, Somewhere on your blog I remember you mentioning a 2-week course at Penland this summer. Is it a class independent of the entire summer program or must a student enroll in the program. Being a self-taught box maker I would love the opportunity of discovering how is should be done. I really admire your work and it was an old student of yours, Erin Morris, that turned me on to your blog.
    thanks, Bonnie

    • Big Jump Press
      February 19, 2014

      Hi Bonnie! The class is independent of other programs, you can sign up just for the course. It should be loads of fun. I’ve put the information up on my workshops page now, You can get more information from the Penland website. I hope I see you there! Big hello to Erin!

  3. Tony
    October 15, 2015

    Where are you located?

    Where may I review the workshop calendar for 2016?


    • Big Jump Press
      October 17, 2015

      Hi Tony,
      I am located in Brighton and Hove in the UK. I am just now setting up my schedule for the 2016 year but should shortly start to post workshops for the spring. I don’t know where you are located, but I do often make trips to the USA in the summer to do short courses there in a variety of locations. This year is a funny one because we’ve just had a baby, which is why I am currently taking time off from teaching. Thanks for the kind words about the SP-15 adjustment roller height post! I am so glad you found it helpful.
      Best wishes,
      Sarah Bryant

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