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This two-day workshop is the whole enchilada: type selection, type setting, paper selection, ink mixing, and overall deepening of your skill as a letterpress printer. Review the language, the tools, and the materials of the craft while taking the plunge into the intricacies of registration for color work and combining type with graphic elements such as linoleum blocks—or even photopolymer plates (assuming you have one in your back pocket—if not, we’ll provide samples).
We’ll start by scooting through letterpress basics: working with type, locking up a form, and preparing a project for the press, where we’ll focus on the three P’s of make-ready: Packing, Pressure, and Positioning.
This is a skills and techniques workshop intended to ready you to work on your own projects with confidence.
Carl Youngmann began setting type, letter by letter, in 1960; Ellie Mathews combines her experience as a designer with her willingness to explore the techniques of relief printing. Together, they will share with you their passion for the craft and guide you toward realizing the vision you already have for letterpress projects.
Please note: This is an intermediate class; students are expected to have either completed the Letterpress Boot Camp class or to have had previous letterpress printing experience.
There will be a $10 charge for materials during the registration process.
We have the good fortune to have a master paper marbling artist in our community, and now he's going to be teaching paper marbling techniques at the BARN! Please join us in welcoming Len Eisenhood, a master paper marbler, in an exciting and productive workshop.
The history of marbled arts dates back to the 1500's, when Middle-Eastern artisans established classical designs as background for calligraphy or as borders of pages. In the 17th and 18th centuries the art migrated to Europe, where new marbling designs, unique to each country, were developed.
In this hands-on workshop, you will become familiar with paper marbling's scaffolding process: paper preparation; mixing and applying paints; combing and over-marbling; You will have a chance to explore the art of paper marbling, and try several different techniques.
Each student will create marbled designs on a collection of six papers that include: Rives cotton rag, tyvek, deli wrap and watercolor papers. Your finished papers can provide inspiration for book making, collage and/or painting.
Len is currently showing his marbled papers and collaged paintings at Flowering Around in Winslow educator and artist
There will be a $30 supply fee in addition to the course fee when you register for this class. Your registration is not complete until you have paid for both the class and the supply fee.
This class can only accommodate 6 students. We will start a waiting list when we have 6 students. We advise that you register early for this class as it is sure to fill fast.
Alchemy? Magic? Voodoo? Who knows the correct term for the incredible paper that comes out of simple Washi and Konnyaku powder? Whatever you call it, it produces wonderful, incredibly versatile paper...or is it fabric?
In this workshop we’ll be using konnyaku to strengthen and soften Japanese washi (paper) for use as cloth, collage, sculpture and interesting book forms. Konnyaku is the powdered root of a perennial plant in Japan known by any of several names, including, voodoo lily, snake palm, elephant yam, and, devil’s tongue. Wa (Japanese) + shi (paper) = washi. Add Konnyaku to Washi paper and you get momigami, a water resistant, very strong paper that can be folded, sewn, glued and more!
You will go home with a simple book with your momigami (or paper supplied by Linda). Based on a Hedi Kyle structure, this simple elegant structure employs the unique qualities of crinkled paper. It is a single section sewn into a soft cover with rolled edges. You'll also get a recipe size container of Konnyaku to take home and Japanese papers (Mingei / Kyoseishi / Mura Binsen / Tatami / Watermark Tissue / Kozuke + more).
The workshop will start off with a brief overview of Japanese paper (what makes it different from Western paper and various types of washi) as well as a video from from recent trip to Japan during paper making season.
There will be a $20 materials fee which will be added to the cost of the class when you register.
Linda Marshall, who operates Washi Arts, is a creative designer with a background in corporate and non-profit communications, strategy, design and marketing. Her lifelong interest in the design arts comes from a multi-media artist mother and an engineer father, as well as a creative education in interior architecture and brand advertising design. With a strong passion for books and paper, Linda has been an avid admirer of printers, book artists, printmakers, artists and creative thinkers.
Please register early; you are not confirmed for the class until you have completed payment.
In this introductory class, we will explore the essential materials and equipment that help you make books that are attractive and well crafted. Paper grain, glue choices, papers and boards, and equipment will be investigated, and various techniques, including scoring, folding, and cutting. Students will learn craftsmanship techniques, tricks and habits which will set them on the road to becoming skilled bookbinders. We’ll cover book binding terms and resources as well as book arts communities and events. You will walk away with a basic skills toolkit for successful book making.
A materials fee of $10 will be due at registration.
Instructor: Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford has been a professional book artist for over 20 years, under the press name Bad Girl Press. She also works with three other women under the press name Full Plate Press. Her books are in selected museums, libraries and collections nationwide, and can be seen in the book arts room at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Come to BARN for a fun afternoon workshop making lovely valentines for the loved ones in your life. We'll have lots of red, pink and purple papers, punches and fancy scissors, and other decoration materials for you to use. All you need to bring is your creativity and a sense of fun! We'll supply the rest!
Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept?
We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.
Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.
Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.
Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.
Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org
We are VERY excited to sponsor this workshop with Catherine Alice Michaelis, proprietor of May Day Press on Vashon Island.
Artists’ books often traverse the realms of sculpture, games, toys, matchbooks, clothing, and more. Some makers utilize pop-ups, some push the limits of a single sheet of paper, some riff on historical documents, while others find ingenious ways to reference (or use) every day objects. When does a maker go off the beaten path and how do they find their way? Does the structure have to marry the content? Can’t they just be roommates? In this workshop we’ll explore success and failure in marriages between content and structure, why a good marriage matters, and when it doesn’t.
The day begins with a series of writing prompts to explore our stories, themes, and symbols. We’ll move those symbols through a series of explorations to spark structural ideas that can circle around in support of the story we want to tell. If we have structures we prefer, but no content, we will do the reverse. For those exploring medium – without content or structure – these tools can also work.
After lunch, each participant will be invited to share one artist book – their own or someone else’s – and tell us why it marries or doesn’t. We’ll discuss them in a supportive way that infuses us all with inspiration. I’ll present a few of my own examples of limited success and limited failure.
Enthused and inspired we return to our morning work to visualize our potential next steps through sketches, notes, or very rough model making. Thus begins the march of both content and structure down the aisle.
About the Instructor:
Catherine Alice Michaelis is the proprietor of May Day Press in Shelton, WA. She has been making letterpress books, prints, and other paper objects in the Pacific NW for over 25 years. You can see her at work on Craft in America’s ‘Nature’ episode. Catherine’s work has been collected nationally in over 80 public institutions and can be viewed on her website www.catherine-alice.com
There will be a $10 materials fee in addition to the course fee when you register for this class.
In this 3-hour workshop, Jerry Davis will demonstrate how to capture the perfect image of your art with what you have. iPhone, iPad, 35mm, etc. bring what you are comfortable with. He will explain lighting, lighting angles, highlights, avoiding flare, creating simple backgrounds, reflection, contrast, color and white balance, tools and equipment, and special effects.
He will share examples of his photos and demo some of his techniques. Specifically, he will teach you how to use your digital camera or smartphone with what you have at home. You will use your camera or smartphone to take photos of your print, glass fiber, jewelry, etc. Bring one or two pieces that you want to photograph, a notebook and the manual that goes with your camera if available.
No experience necessary!
Instructor: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for more than 40 years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting pictures for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff! He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
You can participate in the class in three ways:
Bring your laptop, photos, and photo processing software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other.
If you do not have a laptop to bring, we will have two computers on-site running Photoshop Elements. You can practice on these if you bring a flash/thumb drive with your photos on it. If not, we will have sample photos you can use.
INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for over forty years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting photos for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff. He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
We are very excited to bring Catherine Alice Michaelis to the BARN for a one day workshop. This workshop is for beginning and advanced printmakers and book artists. Pressure Printing is a great technique for making images on paper and can be combined with other printing techniques. Come and learn this simple process. Everyone will learn to create playful and beautiful prints in a few easy steps. We will use a variety of materials to design and collage: paper, string, plants, glue, textiles, etc. Play, experiment, and walk away with a small edition of your final design.
Catherine Alice Michaelis is the proprietor of May Day Press in Shelton, WA. She has been making letterpress books, prints, and other paper objects in the Pacific NW for over 25 years. You can see her at work pressure printing on Craft in America’s ‘Nature’ episode. Catherine’s work has been collected nationally in over 80 public institutions and can be viewed on her website www.catherine-alice.com