Three Playful Structures :: Flag Book, Triangle Book & Jacob's Ladder

$ 425.00

April 25th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Karen Hanmer
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: April 25th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 26th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

These artists’ book structures function on numerous levels: as a codex held in the hand and read page by page in sequence, as a sculpture, and as a delightful object to play with. All can be made in a home studio with minimal specialized equipment. Instruction will focus on both craft and content. Students will have the opportunity to examine a variety of finished pieces and models. Importance of creating and refining prototypes will be stressed.

On Day 1 of this two-day workshop students will make a Triangle Book and a Jacob’s Ladder. On the morning of Day 2 students will construct a flag book model from kits provided by the instructor and in the afternoon make one or more using their own imagery.

Materials to Bring: 30x60x90 triangle Note: these angles must be accurate. The neatness of this structure depends on the paper triangles being cut as accurately as possible; paper for notes, diagrams, calculations, measurements; washcloth or small towel to keep space, tools, self clean and dry.

  • For the Triangle Book, paper will be provided by the instructor. Students may bring their own paper that has already been printed/decorated in some way, but must be prepared to be very flexible about where the cuts are made when it is cut down into triangles
  • For the Jacob’s Ladder students should prepare in advance their own imagery printed on heavy cardstock (or even images from old magazines or calendars). You will need at minimum 12 pieces at 3” square, plus a few extras in case of mishaps. Since you will be constructing structure models, not finished art, they could also just use two different colors of heavy paper.
  • For the Flag Book students should bring eight or more copies of the same photograph or other image that is printed roughly 8” tall x 8” to 11” wide onto cardstock. This image must be oriented in the “landscape format.” This is for the panoramic image that is repeated when the book is opened. Two to four other images that complement or contrast with the main image, printed roughly 8” tall x 5” wide on plain paper. These images must be oriented in the “portrait format.” These are for the covers. One or two brief passages of text that is in some way related to or contrasts with the images. This is a direct-download link to the instructor’s article on Flag Books from The Bonefolder It may help you with selecting images and visualizing a layout

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: Teflon or bone folder, scissors, ruler, utility knife, small self-healing cutting mat. small brush for PVA, pencil, dividers

Optional: pens/pencils/markers of students’ choice for adding text to pages; and to add color if desired, black broad chisel point calligraphy marker; paint trim pad (this is neater than a brush and the ideal tool for the triangle book).

Workshop Fee (includes $55 materials fee): $425.00

Date & Time: Wednesday & Thursday, April 25 & 26, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format.
Hanmer is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition. One of only nine graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program, Hanmer has studied with many notable fine binders. She holds a degree in Economics from Northwestern University. See more of her work on her website at:

Past Student Reviews:

“Good pace, great knowledge.”

“Very professional environment for learning. Time and projects were very well organized.”

“Best class I've ever taken."

“Karen is obviously very experienced, and wants to pass on her knowledge to students.”

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