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Corcoran College Book Arts Graduates

  Corcoran Theses show 3 Beth Curren artist's book
This year marks the third graduating class out of the Master of Book Arts program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday I drove downtown with friend and artist Raya Bodnarchuk to view the graduates’ thesis exhibition and to hear their defense presentations. It’s the largest graduation class yet with nine students participating, which made for an exciting and varied show.
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Accordion books, wall-mounted pieces and sculptural installations were included. After everyone had a chance to view the exhibit, we proceeded to the auditorium for presentations on each student’s body of work. Themes ranged from Maria Riutort’s Memory and Landscape about the human rights violations in her native Chile, to Marjorie Devereux’s very personal Visual Autobiography and Elizabeth Curren’s Artist’s Books and Children’s Books.
     The exhibition will be up through May 19th in the Corcoran’s Rotunda Gallery, so if you have an interest in the book arts it’s a show that’s definitely worth seeing.

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Paper Engineer Bruce Foster visits DC

Bruce Foster and Carol

Bruce Foster, known for creating the pop-ups in books such as Gutenberg’s Gift, A Christmas Carol, and Harry Potter, The Pop-Up Book, among others, visited Washington, D.C., this week to give a lecture on his work at the Smithsonian Institution. Part of a series of talks on paper engineering informed by the exhibition Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn, Bruce’s talk demonstrated his method of working through a series of models to create complex pop-up structures. He also discussed how he works with illustrators to add visuals to the pop-ups, and how the books are manufactured in China.

After the lecture and a lunch in the Museum of American History’s cafeteria, Bruce was kind enough accompany me to the Corcoran College of Art and Design for the final critique of my paper engineering class. He recapped his lecture for my students, and then each presented their work for the semester. Thank you, Bruce, for a great addition to the final class.

Carol Barton's Paper Engineering class, Corcoran College of Art and Design

My Corcoran Class Becomes a Pop-Up

Pop-Up Group photo of Carol Barton's Paper Engineering Class at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC

Presenting a group pop-up photo of the new Sculptural Books class I’m now teaching at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.  In this graduate-level class we’re exploring various sculptural book forms and creating a series of finished pop-up pages and paper engineered structures. The class already has completed a basic pop-up and two accordion books, one with architectural pop-up additions. I’ll be doing more posts on projects as the class progresses. If you’re interested in making your own pop-up photograph, click on this link to my web site. If you’d like to learn to make more pop-ups, you can order copies of The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volumes One and Two.