Book Arts & related upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • BARN - Small Class Room
    • 5
    In this follow-up session of the popular Ready, Set, Shoot: How to Photograph Glass and Jewelry Successfully. Jerry Davis is back to show you how to make the photos that you took look better with photo processing.  Transform your photos from ho-hum to eye-popping:  learn to crop; add artistic elements; adjust color, brightness, sharpness, and contrast; correct flaws; and use special effects. 

    You can participate in the class in three ways:

    1. Bring your laptop, photos, and photo processing software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other.

    2. 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.

    3. You can also just watch as Jerry demonstrates what to do. Then, take this knowledge home with you to practice on your own.

    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.

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN Book Arts, Class Code: BO0318CY+3
    • 4

    Scan an image of ordinary objects or aim your camera at a spectacular scene. This workshop will take you through the basic steps of wrestling digital images into the simplicity of high contrast art ready for plate-making.

    Using Photoshop Elements as our foundation, we will introduce the basic operations of photo manipulation to convert, modify, and resize images for making letterpress and intaglio printing plates. No prior experience with photo-manipulation software is required, but students should be comfortable with general computer operations on their own laptop computers.

    Through hands-on examples you will learn how to import a photograph or scan a drawing, modify its dimensions, shape, tone, and texture. We’ll look at methods for converting color images to high contrast, black-and-white illustrations. Drawing and editing tools will be explored along with basic digital typography. Techniques for separating elements for multiple color printing will be reviewed.

    We’ll start by downloading the software (available on 30-day trial) and moving along at a comfortable pace before diving into the power of various filters to isolate key lines, graphic details, and textures, after which the instructors will give individual guidance specific to participants’ goals.

    A $10 materials fee will be added to the class fee when you register for the class.

    About the Instructors: 

    Carl Youngmann and Ellie Mathews are letterpress printers who teach the BARN’s Letterpress Boot Camp and Photopolymer courses. Carl has had a life-long relationship with photography, image analysis and manipulation, including a PhD in Cartography and Computer Graphics. He has taught remote sensing, developed medical image analysis software, and has generally messed around with a lot of cameras, computers, and printing presses. Ellie has worked in cartography, design, and software development. She has enhanced dozens of letterpress broadsides with graphic elements that began life as full-color photographs.

    • Sunday, March 25, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN Book Arts, Class Code: BO0318CY+
    • 4

    It’s easy enough to send out to have polymer plates made, but wouldn’t you like the control (and economy!) of making your own? Learn the process in this one-day workshop. Carl Youngmann and Ellie Mathews, letterpress printers, will demonstrate do-it-yourself, U-V exposure, water-wash methods for producing raised images using the BARN equipment or at home in your kitchen sink.

    We’ll start by discussing high-contrast images—whether from photographs, digital files, or scanned drawings—from which we’ll select an example and make an inkjet negative. We'll expose the polymer to UV light, and we’ll process it in ordinary tap water. Then we’ll print proof copies. Specific products, timing and details will be outlined.

    Ellie Mathews began using photo-polymer plates forty years ago to make Braille signage. More recently, Carl Youngmann has figured out the intricacies of printing ink-jet negatives, exposure times, and washout temperatures to make his own plates at home, sometimes by using nothing more complicated than the sun as his light source. Together, they will guide you through the basics and share their enthusiasm for DIY methods.

    Please note a $10 materials fee will be added to the class cost when you register.

    • Saturday, April 07, 2018
    • Sunday, April 08, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Book Arts Studio, BA0418MJL
    • 4

    In this 2 session class you will make a sketchbook or journal that lays perfectly flat, a multiple signature book with a box and learn new useful skills in the process in this engaging, satisfying core class.  

    This is the first of our Core Bookbinding series and will introduce students to three basic bookbinding techniques: the Coptic stitch (one of the earliest binding structures); Flat-Back Case Binding (hardbound case book)and a Slipcase Box.

    In addition to coming away with three finished books made by hand, students will also review the tools and terms of bookbinding. Basic practices and equipment will be discussed as students familiarize themselves with both skills and safety measures needed for working as a bookbinder. Students will learn to use a punching cradle and a sewing frame and the skill of sewing headbands.  

    Once you learn these three bindings, you will have a very stable knowledge of the book arts. Some bookbinding experience or Book Arts Boot Camp is desired. 

    An Additional Materials Fee of $15 will be added when you register.

    Please bring a bag lunch. A refrigerator, microwave, coffee, and tea are available in the kitchen at BARN.

    Instructor: 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.

    Contact MJ at:

    • Friday, April 13, 2018
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code: BO0318MJL
    • 9

    Explore the world of popup books and movable magic…all by making a popup book of your very own, with 6 structures that are sure to amaze and amuse!  We’ll learn the basics of popup structures at the beginning of the class, showing how simple popups can be combined to make incredible effects. Then, we’ll explore six classic popup and movable structures in a cool book with your own personal touches! These structures can also be made into memorable greeting cards.  

    There will be an additional Materials Fee of $15 added to the price of the class when you register.

    You will be provided a standard bookbinding took kit for use during the class, so no  eed to purchase materials and tools in advance! 

    Instructor: Mary Jeanne Linford has been a professional book artist for over 40 years.  Under the press name Bad Girl Press. she specializes in popup books. Her work can be seen in the book arts room at BIMA, as well as online on YouTube 

    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Great Room; Class code ALL0418CS+
    • 50
    This class has been postponed and will be rescheduled to take place this summer with some adjustments. If you are interested in this class please email

    Join us for a three-week professional practices workshop led by a rotating panel of local experts. The class will focus on building a brand - from defining what your brand is, to the business behind the brand, to getting it out into the world. This class is open to all. No experience necessary.

    The class will work together to bring a fictitious brand from concept to marketing. Each class will end with a Q&A session with the panel so specific questions from class members can be asked and answered.

    Week 1: Build a Brand: 
    Learn what it means to create a brand, the difference between a product and a brand, and what makes a brand successful and marketable. 

    Week 2: The Business of the Brand:
    We will discuss licenses, trademarks, taxes, accounting and pricing. 

    Week 3: Marketing your Brand:
    Topics such as social media, logo design, label design, business cards, defining demographics, finding retail locations and more will be covered.

    For more information contact BARN Program Coordinator, Emily Browne:


    • Thursday, November 01, 2018
    • 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM
    • Up in your grill
    • 3

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