Book Arts & related upcoming events

    • Sunday, December 10, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island WA 98110
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    These fanciful gift boxes are easy and fun to make. They’re even more fun to embellish in wild and wonderful ways. They will delight the recipient whether the surprise they contain is a Hershey’s Kiss or the keys to a new car. The first surprise is opening the box: take hold of the lid-cork and lift up with great fanfare - the sides spring open revealing new decorations AND, in the middle is the 2nd surprise, the gift.

    Join talented book artist Susan Callan Book Arts Studio for a day of joyful creativity. You will take home at least two Double Surprise Boxes plus Instructions for making more at home.

    • Sunday, December 17, 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island WA 98110
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    Have fun with exotic papers while you make functional picture frames and elegant notepads from simple materials, and receive handouts that enable you to make more at home.  We'll use papers from around the world, and simple bookbinding techniques to make at least one double frame and two post-it pad cases

    p.s. ..these make great gifts for family or friends.

    Taught by MJ Linford, a professional bookbinder whose works are in several museums around the country.  

    A $10 supply fee is added on the registration page.




    • Saturday, January 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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    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


    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • BARN 8890 Three Tree Lane
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    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!

    • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 10
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    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.

    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

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