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In-The-Round Bookmaking at University of the Arts

U Arts student in Carol Barton's carousel book classU Arts student in Carol Barton's carousel book class

My final class of the semester at the University of the Arts involved two classes covering the construction and thematic possibilities involved in creating a carousel book. Students spent one session learning a traditional method of folding three accordion books. These were then tabbed together to create this three-dimensional book form which can be read lengthwise or pulled into a circle (hence the name). Students then began to compose text and imagery into their books during the second class. Most finished a couple pages plan to finish the entire book by their final critique with Frances Osugi.

UArts Class, spring 2015

Philadelphia and the University of the Arts

University of the Arts, Anderson Hall, PhiladelphiaStudent at University of the Arts, Philadelphia

For the past two Mondays I traveled to Philadelphia to teach a special pop-up session for the students in Alice Austin’s book arts class at the University of the Arts. Despite bad weather, students showed up to try their hand at paper engineering. We made a series of models–pop-up platforms, props, V-folds, and other forms–which students can later use within the book formats Alice demonstrates over the course of the semester. I had a lot of fun with the students, and also enjoyed seeing my Philadelphia friends, Patty Smith, Mary Phelan, Susan Vigeurs, Sarah Van Keuren, and Lori Spencer.

Student in Paper Engineering class, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Back in Philadelphia for a Pop-Up Weekend

U Arts Building

I was in Philadelphia this past weekend to teach another paper engineering workshop for The University of the Arts Book Arts graduate students there. It’s always fun to work with a group of book artists, and this group was no exception. Participants jumped right in and started adding their own spin to the basic pop-up structures I covered. All seven students left with a stack of models to serve as inspiration for future dimensional additions to their own projects.

I also took the occasion to visit with two good U. Arts friends, Mary Phelan and Susan Viguers. Good luck to Susan on her upcoming retirement!

Paper Engineering at The University of the Arts

During the past two weeks I made the trip to Philadelphia to teach a short session on paper engineering as a segment of Alice Austin’s Book Structures class there. I always enjoy the students in this class. They bring a fresh, inventive spirit to the forms they construct, and hopefully include them in future book projects. Plus, seeing my friends and colleagues at the university makes it an especially enjoyable visit.

Philadelphia Class Makes Pop-Ups

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PASculptural Books Class, University of the Arts, 2011

Students in the Sculptural Books class at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia spent this Monday’s class with Carol making simple cut-and-fold pop-up models. Next week Carol will demonstrate the making of a series of glued pop-up structures that students can incorporate as sculptural elements into their ongoing artist’s book projects.