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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 801-585-9191.  


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SOLD OUT! Bound to Travel: Mini Leather Journals
Louona Tanner

Saturday, August 18
1:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library


Hitch up your horse for a bit and join us for a half-day, journal making hoe-down! Saddle-up to the long-stitch with expert instruction using ruggedly beautiful materials. Each participant leaves with a 4" x 3.5" blank book and the know-how to wrangle hides into book form when ridin' solo.
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Louona Tanner is a 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 served as the Book Arts Program's K-12 Education Specialist for twelve years, taking the history of the book into Utah schools and teaching educators how to apply book forms across the curriculum.



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Let's Get Digital on the Letterpress
Crane Giamo, Marnie Powers-Torrey & Amy Thompson

September 7 & 8
Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 & Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$155, register here

Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital with current design software and photopolymer plates to letterpress print digitally designed text, illustrations, or halftone images. Come with a text or image and spend the first  day in a Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the digital files required for conversion into film negatives. Then, on day two, use these negatives to make a photopolymer plate to print on the letterpress. Meld old and new technologies and depart with a group portfolio of print samples. All levels are welcome— instructors help participants match skill level with appropriate project plans.
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Crane Giamo bio here / Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here / Amy Thompson bio here



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Book as Archive & Enclosure
Alicia Bailey
Cosponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter
of the Guild of Book Workers

October 26 & 27
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$185, register here

Regarding bookwork as interactive sculptural objects, Bailey has developed various ways of adapting traditional binding and structures to create books designed to hold dimensional objects. In this workshop, participants create two books to showcase and house both dimensional objects and flat artifacts. With great flexibility at the spine and sturdy, rigid pages, these books work well when handled or displayed as traditional book forms or as sculptural objects. Bring personal images and artifacts to build enclosures that are sculptural narratives or archives of memory.
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Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts, box constructions and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists' books, sculptural books and limited-edition books that incorporate a broad range of methods and materials. She is particularly interested in box and bookworks that include elements beyond surface printed images and text; that move beyond traditional book forms and embrace presentation flexibility, innovative page folding tactics, rigid-page construction and use of alternative materials. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private, and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.



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Annual PRINTappreciation & Open House

December 6
Thursday, 4:00 – 8:00

Free and open to the public—just drop by!

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate 2018 and look forward to 2019! Warm up with some paper folding and make a couple of books with provided materials. Print a free letterpress card with the option to print an edition of three for $10. Enjoy light refreshments at the opening reception of the annual student exhibition Booking A Brouhaha. Shop for some printed goods for those on your holiday list. It's one-stop book arts fun—we hope to see you there! 







Digital Letterpress

Upcoming Workshop:
Digital Letterpress!

Register here!

Studio Hours

Fall 2018 Semester

August 21 – December 14 

  • Monday:
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm thru October 16
  • Wednesday:
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday:
    1:00 – 9:00 pm thru October 18
  • Friday: 
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday:
    10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Click here for complete hours including studio closures and holidays.

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