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2019 Workshops

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Relicensure points for educators are available from the Utah State Board of Education for all workshops. For more information: Email or call 801-585-6019.   


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Quarter Leather Binding: Reinterpreting Historic Techniques
Brien Beidler

June 20 – 22
Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Workshop co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers (join the GBW here)

GBW member fee: $250
Non-member fee: $275
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As cultural icons, historic books enjoy a sense of timelessness that harmonizes fine craftsmanship, quirky aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. With the quarter-leather bindings of the 18th and early 19th centuries as a structural baseline, this 3-day workshop explores ways to create new compositions of these historic precedents through combinations of contemporary and historic covering materials and designs.

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From the beginning, Brien Beidler has been inspired by the structure and design of historic bindings. In his work, Brien seeks ways to create new compositions and syntheses from these historic precedents. Over the last 10 years Brien has taken and taught a variety of bookbinding and toolmaking workshops, and is an active member of the Guild of Book Workers. In the fall of 2016, he and his wife upped their roots in Charleston, South Carolina and set up shop in Bloomington, Indiana, where Brien works from his home studio with Wren, his curmudgeonly Brittany.


book with tunnel

Annual Educators' Intensive

Our Place in the World: Using Book Arts to Teach Science, Geography, & Environment
Jaime Shafer

July 18 & 19
Thursday & Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free upon registration. Space is limited.
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Looking for a unique and engaging way to increase student participation? Book arts is your answer! Help students develop critical and creative thinking skills through bookmaking. Come learn how to make simple book structures for use in any classroom with any content. This two-day workshop will feature hands-on learning, lesson plans, and handouts that can be taken back to your classroom and applied to any lesson. Instruction makes use of accessible, inexpensive materials and tools to create functional books that take the worksheet and handout to the next dimension. 

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Jaime Lynn Shafer is a 2014 Corcoran College of Art + Design MA Art & the Book graduate. A native of Pennsylvania, Shafer graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Ceramics and a certification in art education. She spent thirteen years teaching art in the Pennsylvania public school system and traveled internationally with her students, offering them an opportunity to experience the global community. Shafer's work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and UCLA Biomedical Library among others. Shafer was the 2014 – 2016 recipient of the Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship in Book Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently resides in Fallon, Nevada where she teaches high school art and ceramics.


picture of bookwork

Exhibition Bound: Photographing Bookwork
Scott Beadles & Marnie Powers-Torrey

August 3
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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This workshop addresses common challenges of documenting three-dimensional, kinetic artwork including dynamic composition, conveyance of intention, lighting strategies, and color balance. Instructors offer tips to minimize digital adjustments and methods for making necessary refinements in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom after the shoot. Learn how to style individual shots and curate a portfolio that highlights the important features of the body of work. Instruction includes the use of natural light and portable LED pop-up studios as well as the larger LED lighting set up at the Book Arts Studio.

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Scott Beadles is a Utah-based artist working in photography and sculpture. Scott received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Fine Arts Photography from the University of Utah. In addition to his undergraduate work, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, museum exhibitions, fine arts galleries, advertisements and marketing, product photography, and retail fashion. With a particular focus on the study of dreams and the impressions of memory, he emphasizes and arrests the (re)construction of a memory as visual form or artifact.

Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here


business cards

Call it Business or Pleasure
Amy Thompson

August 10
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Want to leave your mark when paying a visit to friends or colleagues? Join graphic designer and letterpress printer Amy Thompson for a day of work and fun at the presses! Participants choose from pre-designed templates and provide content to be typeset a minimum of two weeks before the workshop date. The workshop is spent printing calling or business cards to suit the needs of any socialite or business person, and each participant leaves with 50 cards. Check out the add-on training session in edge-painting as an option!

Amy Thompson bio here


edge painting

Add-on Training: Edge Painting
Amy Thompson

August 24

Session One: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Session Two: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Salivating over letterpress business cards with painted edges, but can't justify the cost? This training session gives you the foundational skills to add some flair to business cards or prints. Participants from the business card workshop are invited to bring their printed cards to color, and others are welcome to paint a stack of provided blank cards. The instructor begins with a demonstration of the technique, and then participants each take the airbrush for a spin. Approved studio users have access to the airbrush after this training, and studio use requires a previous full-semester course with the program. The instructor also discusses DIY techniques that can be accomplished at home without special equipment.

Amy Thompson bio here


riso book

Risograph Training
Crane Giamo

September 7
Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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What is a RISO duplicator, and why is it suddenly all the rage? The RISO is a Japanese stencil duplicator that blends the functionality of photocopying with the artistry of screenprinting. In this training, participants learn the requisite skills and best practices for risograph printing by printing a previously designed project. After completing the training, participants are invited to apply for independent studio use here, and for a fee of $5/half hour, approved applicants are eligible to use the RISO for their own projects.

Crane Giamo bio here


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Making the Rounds, Daredevil Style
Jessica Spring

October 4 & 5
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Join type aficionado and daredevil printer Jessica Spring for two fantastical days of play at the press! With death-defying skill and precision, Jessica walks the tightrope of letterpress lock-up mastery. With the aid of circular and angle quads, tools from art supply and hardware stores, and daredevil furniture (laser-cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves, and angles), the class becomes part of balancing act. Participants design thaumatropes and volvelles that tease the eye and tickle every fancy. Accept the challenge to move beyond straight lines and right angles, reach extraordinary new heights on the press, and leave with a set of circular paper toys to delight people of all ages!


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Quarter Leather Binding

June 20 – 22

Open Studio Hours

Summer 2019 Semester

June 3 – August 2 

  • Monday:
    12:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 
    12:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday:
    10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday:
    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
  • Friday: 
    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday:
    10:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

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