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The covers of a book enclose worlds constructed of text and image. To open a book is to expose the intimate details of story, experience and idea.

Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology.

The Book Arts Program facilitates involvement with the art of the book by providing:

  • Full-semester classes exploring letterpress printing, bookmaking and artists' books offered to University students and community members.
  • Short weekend workshops and four day summer intensives with specialized instruction on ever-expanding topics.
  • Community outreach, encouraging appreciation for the tradition and art of books.
  • K–12 programs such as the Treasure Chest of Rare Books and educator workshops.
  • Residency and independent studio options.

 

2015 Book Arts Community Programming  

 Sample book forms taught in The Artist's Book I and II

The Artist’s Book I & II
Marnie Powers-Torrey and Emily Tipps

January 13–April 28
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00–6:30
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$460

Artists’ books, be they traditional or experimental, require the integration of content, format, and various media. The exploration of these relationships allows students to develop their personal concepts into accomplished artists’ books. Through discussion and critique, the appropriate format for each idea is identified, adapted, customized, applied, and produced. Learn foundational bookbinding, low-tech image-making processes, and the functions of various bookmaking structures and materials. Each participant crafts either a one-of-a-kind book or an edition of artist's books as a final project to be exhibited in a class show.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

No events scheduled at this time.

Helen Hiebert experimental abaca paper structure

 

Helen Hiebert experimental paper lamp structure

Experimental Papermaking
Helen Hiebert

March 20 & 21
Friday & Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Sculpture Studio, Department of Art & Art History, Art and Architecture Building; and Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$195

Handmade paper is a wonderful, lightweight material perfect for creating low relief and three-dimensional objects. Spend Friday placing embedded wire, string, and reed between wet sheets of high-shrinkage abaca and return the next day to find it magically transformed into dry, structural paper shapes for building. Further manipulate the dry sheets into forms ranging from lamps and lanterns to sculptural wonders. Experiment with glue, thread, wire and other fasteners to craft unique paper objects to take home.

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Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, and artist books using handmade paper, thread, and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft and Pacific University. Helen exhibits her work internationally; she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker’s Companion, Paper Illuminated, Playing with Paper, and Playing with Pop-Ups. Helen has an extensive network of paper colleagues around the world and her interest in how things are made (from paper) keeps her up-to-date on current paper trends.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

No events scheduled at this time.

Becky Thomas serendipitous drips, spills, spritzes, and resists

Let’s Get Inky
Becky Thomas

May 9
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$70

Embrace the serendipity of drips and spills while allowing ideas to percolate up through Sumi ink, walnut ink, acrylics, and sprays. Pen the ink or quill it. Brush, splash and wash it. Drop, spritz and resist it. Add a little salt and see what comes out. Spend the afternoon in the Book Arts Studio, decorate some papers for future projects, and leave with an appreciation of ink and all it can do when left to flow.

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Becky Thomas in a long-time denizen of the Book Arts Studio, having worked, taught, and volunteered there for over ten years. She’s currently completing her MFA in Creative Writing/Book Arts at the University of Utah.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191 

 


Miniature Bookbindings
Jim Reid-Cunningham
Co-sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter

May 28–30
Thursday & Friday, 9:00–5:00; Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
GBW members $235
Non-members: $250

A true miniature book—less than three inches tall—presents difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. Learn to construct three books of diminishing size with useful structures that fit in the palm of the hand. Leave holding a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding covered in leather and/or paper, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. Contrast the utility of case binding, accordion and non-adhesive structures with a concentration on flexibility and small book action, analyze materials and techniques suitable for tiny formats, and enjoy the challenging limitations inherent to scaled-down books that promote precisely executed and finely detailed work.

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James Reid-Cunningham is the Deputy Director at the Boston Athenæum and supervises library and museum collections and services. On the staff since 2003, he originally served as the Athenæum’s Chief Conservator before being named Associate Director for Digital Programs and Preservation in 2011. Previously he was Conservator of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. An internationally known bookbinder, he is a past President of the Guild of Book Workers. A noted teacher in book and paper conservation, he served as Adjunct Lecturer at Buffalo State College from 2009–2013. He teaches professional training courses at institutions nationwide.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 


 Book Arts Program models for multi-session bookmaking workshop

Book models made during multi-session bookmaking workshop at the Book Arts Program

Bookmaking Multi-Session
Emiline Twitchell

May 19–June 23
Tuesdays, 5:00–8:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$255

This quick-paced, six-week bookmaking venture introduces participants to binding fundamentals. Learn to craft several book and book-related structures, including a wire bound instruction notebook, pamphlets, an accordion, a longstitch, Japanese stab bindings, a Coptic binding, a case binding, and a slipcase. Leave with a box set of handmade books. Topics of discussion include studio practices, the selection and utility of various materials and tools, the role of the handmade book, and ways to generate content, but the primary emphasis is on craft.

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Emiline Twitchell received a BA in English and a Book Arts Certificate from the University of Utah in 2011. She is an experienced bookbinder, book and paper conservator, and printmaker. Emiline is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Book Arts Program and manages the exhibition program for the J. Willard Marriott Library. Her work is held in collections and exhibited nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

  "Lion-froth Crown," published by Steve Miler's Red Hydra Press

Free Lecture by Steve Miller

June 4
Thursday, 6:30–7:30
Rare Books Classroom, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4


Steve Miller was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and educated at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having taken letterpress printing classes with Walter Hamady of The Perishable Press, he founded Red Ozier Press in 1976—a fine press devoted to publishing literary first editions in handmade limited editions.

Steve came to The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1988. He teaches letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and coordinates the MFA in the Book Arts Program. Although his primary focus at the university is in the teaching of traditional bookmaking, he is also the proprietor of Red Hydra Press and collaborates on various limited edition publishing projects with authors and artists. Steve is a co-director of Paper and Book Intensive, a nationally-recognized annual series of summer workshops in the book arts. He is also a trustee of the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and co-directs the University of Alabama Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship. Steve was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association (CBAA)

 


  Spencer Charles's custom lettered AND catchwords

 

Spencer Charles's custom lettered THE catchwords

Lettering to Letterpress: From Screen to Printed Page
Spencer Charles and David Wolske

June 11–13
Thursday & Friday, 9:00–5:00; Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$270

Take digital lettering to new depths during this three-day intensive with Spencer Charles, one of the rising stars of contemporary typographic design. Participants learn the tools and techniques to make a curvaceous catchword, magnificent monogram, pithy phrase, or dynamite drop cap. Output finished vector drawings to photopolymer plates and produce letterpress printed in limited editions. Printing experience is not necessary, but a working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is strongly recommended.

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Spencer Charles is a typographic designer and letterer residing in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating form the University of Utah, his interest in hand lettering developed as a chalkboard/signage artist for Whole Foods. In 2011, he moved to New York to work as Senior Designer at Louise Fili Ltd, a design studio specializing in logo, food package, and book design. He is currently working independently and is expanding into typeface design and illustration.

David Wolske is Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) and Creative Director for the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press. He has taught design, typography, and letterpress printing at Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design, the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, and The University of Utah. David’s letterpress work is featured in multiple design and letterpress publications. He holds awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Director’s Club, and the Society of Typographic Arts.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 


 Book Arts Program letterpress composing stick and type

 

Book Arts Program student letterpress printing on Vandercook proof press

Letterpress Multi-Session
Crane Giamo

June 18–August 6
Thursdays, 5:00–8:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$340

This gem of an eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Practicing a variety of techniques and using an array of media—miraculous moveable type, dazzling zinc cuts, luscious linoleum blocks, and precious pressure prints, among others—participants design and produce several projects with the jewels of the Book Arts Studio: its flatbed cylinder and clamshell platen presses.

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Crane Giamo is the new Book Arts Program Studio Manager & Instructor. Crane has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama, an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and an MA in English from the University of Buffalo. He is the letterpress printer, bookbinder, and papermaker for the poetry books published by Delete Press, of which he is a co-founding member. His own work and artist books are available under the imprint Pocalypstic Editions.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191 

 Book Arts Program educator workshop making books from a single sheet of paper

Book Arts Program educator workshop making books from a single sheet of paper

Just a Piece of Paper
Louona Tanner

July 13–14
Monday & Tuesday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
Free for K–12 educators

Teachers and students alike love to make books but the hassle, expense, and time it takes to coordinate in the classroom can be discouraging. Sometimes, all you need is a simple sheet of paper. Skip the stress of excessive prep and explore the possibilities inherent in a single sheet. Learn flexagons, accordions, secret folds, triangles, boxes, pop-ups, and folders that can be made with paper basics and the occasional pair of scissors and glue stick. Walk away with a bag brimming with 20 book prototypes and instructions for each one.

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Louona Tanner is a local calligrapher, book artist, and educator. She has taught bookbinding with The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Arts Council, Great Salt Lake Book Festival, and the Utah Calligraphic Artists Association. Louona taught books with Youth City Artways for eight years prior to its closing. She is the Book Arts Program’s K–12 Education Specialist, taking the history of the book into Utah schools and teaching educators how to apply book forms across the curriculum.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191 

 Book Arts Program bookbinding from scraps workshop

Scrapbinding: Making Books From Everyday Materials
Emily Tipps

August 8
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$70

Using off-the-shelf, easily attainable materials, participants bind books for journaling, sketching, or note taking. This half-day workshop provides instruction for and hands-on experience with several book forms as well as ideas for using hoarded or recycled materials at home. Come and make some quick books!

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Emily Tipps is Binding Instructor, Program Manager, and Assistant Librarian (Lecturer) at the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, as well as the proprietor of High5 Press, which publishes innovative writing in the form of handmade artist’s books. She holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. Emily’s work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

 

Inside Out: Simple Exposures
Marnie Powers-Torrey

September 26
Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4
$80

Put a hole in a box and let some light shine in! Up-cycled materials become simple cameras and the universe is turned outside-in through a pinhole lens. Thinking inside and outside the box, participants make semi-deliberate images with a grayscale of experimentation, exposing the world from a unique perspective with every print.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and academic advisor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a full staff of excellent printers. A founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and currently serves on the board of directors. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

 

Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191

No events scheduled at this time.

 Book Arts Program Neat-O! card for Printappreciation FUNdraiser

Printappreciation FUNdraiser
Book Arts Program Staff

November 7
Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

Come help the Book Arts Program staff and volunteers celebrate letterpress printing! The Program designs the cards, does the make-ready, and supplies the blank cards and envelopes. The public is invited to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet allow at $5/card or 3 cards for $10.

 

For more information: bookartsprogram@utah.edu or 801-585-9191 

No events scheduled at this time.

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Book Arts Studio

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Marnie Powers-Torrey

Managing Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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Emily Tipps

Program Manager and Instructor, Book Arts Program

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David Wolske

Creative Director, Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press

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