In this workshop, you will learn to create a tunnel or ‘peepshow’ book. Dating back to the 18th century, these playful books were originally created to mimic theatrical stages. This sculptural book structure sets a stage by creating expanding layers or scenes. The openings in each page allow the viewer to see through the entire book to the back and is a great introduction to 3-dimensional book structures. Basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring postcards, drawings, prints, photographs or other collage material that they would like to cut up and incorporate in their books. Our tunnel books will be 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide with up to six panels.
NOTE: Advance registration required. Registration is through Art Students League of Denver. Workshop hours are 9am-2pm on July 7.
Publisher of limited edition artists’ book works.
In 1996 I made my first limited edition bookwork – Tool Box. Although I didn’t have any training in bookbinding, I jumped right in. It was evident that my knowledge, experience and skills were not up to my vision for that first book.
I set out to gain skill with tools, materials and methods; some new to me but many familiar from years of studio work in other fields. I surmised that creating miniatures would be a good way to develop finer handskills and work through ideas quickly. So many of my early edition bookworks are miniatures.
To discover a world of collectors of the miniature was a lovely surprise – and I still cherish the connections I made through the world of the miniature limited edition artists’ books. I learned a lot from publishing miniature books in edition and I still occasionally publish titles in this genre; some of those early titles are still in print.
Ravenpress editions are small, most fewer than 25. I do not work in letterpress so these books are created with a combination of digital and hand-worked means. The digital arsenal includes laserprinting, color toner printing, occasional color inkjet printing, laser cutting and etching.
I use various printmaking techniques such as intaglio, relief printing, silkscreen, woodblock/cut, solvent transfers and monoprinting in my books. Materials range from the norms of bound books (book board, paper, cloth, leather, thread) to less typical materials such as glass, wood, ceramic and various plastics.