Artist Books—A Structural Approach
April 30–May 4
Monday–Friday, 1:30–5:00 pm
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Artist books work as containers for drawings, paintings, prints, collages, and even experimental and electronic media. This workshop explores a new approach each day, with students first making quick models and looking at artist books, and then developing their pieces in the studio. Students will make books from Eastern and Early Western traditions that require only a few tools and almost no glue: simple stitched books, accordion-based forms, and simple pop-ups. Students will make their own long-stitch leather-covered sketchbooks with their favorite drawing paper.
Esther K. Smith is the author of How to Make Books (Random House). She makes collaborative limited edition artist books with printer Dikko Faust and other artists at Purgatory Pie Press. Solo exhibitions include those at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard University. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, the Whitney, Cooper Hewitt, and the Tate. Smith has taught how to make artist books at Cooper Union since 1992, and has been a visiting artist at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), Center for Book Arts, RISD, Princeton University, London College of Communication, Camberwell College of Arts (London), and many other institutions.