Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities Online Workshop

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$ 375.00

October 2nd, 2020 5:00 PM

  • Instructor: Shawn Sheehy
  • Workshop Type: Binding, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: October 2nd, 2020 5:00 PM
  • Workshop End: October 11th, 2020 12:00 PM
  • Sessions: 6

There are six class sessions: Friday, October 2, 5-7pm; Saturday and Sunday October 3 & 4, 10am-12pm; Friday, October 9, 5-7pm; Saturday and Sunday October 10 & 11, 10am-12pm.

Consider five small shallow boxes, each folded from a single sheet of heavy stock. Imagine binding these drawer-like boxes into something reminiscent of a book block, complete with its own cabinet-like case. Inside each of these boxes you construct something mechanical from paper that can be used many ways. You have just built a Cabinet of Paper Mechanical Curiosities—a 4D Whitman’s sampler of movable delicacies, made entirely with paper.

This workshop removes the restraint of FLAT from the codex page. The first box explores movable paper engineering fundamentals. By adding a sculptural component, the second amplifies a model from the first box. The third is a tiny automata. The fourth contains a classic crankie. The fifth box employs a shutter structure to mysteriously bring an object into view. You will make this movable mechanical magic out of little more than card stock, glue, and simple hand tools. Both paper engineering beginners and advanced practitioners will be accommodated and challenged by this material.

Registered students will receive a kit of pre-cut paper pieces mailed by the instructor so that class time will be devoted to assembly rather than cutting.

Materials to Bring:

X-acto knife/blades/cutting mat, microspatula, tweezers, bone folder, cutting edge or ruler, scissors, awl, pencil, PVA adhesive, 1/4" 415 tape.

Students will receive a kit that includes all necessary consumable materials.

Workshop Fee (includes $50 kit fee): $375

Date & Time: 6 sessions :: Friday-Sunday, October 2-4 and 9-11, 2020 :: See description above for class times

Location: Online via Zoom

Please note we are not recording these sessions. Video will not be available.

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About the Instructor | Shawn Sheehy

Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops on the national level since 2001. His broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, and Harvard. His pop-ups have been featured twice in both Hand Papermaking magazine and Vintage magazine. Sheehy's trade pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood (a mass-market version of his artist book) was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. The mass-market version of his artist book Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in October 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Past Student Reviews:

“The whole setup was great - 3 x 2h slots is a perfect length to maintain a focus ... The content of the workshop was a good level too - I am a pop-up novice but felt I could manage to follow along quite easily.”

“The instructor was also fabulous and very experienced and could trouble shoot everything, even over video!”

“Shawn's expertise and his excellent ability to convey that knowledge.  Getting a fantastic end result was also a big plus. The best best workshop I have taken on Zoom.”


$ 375.00
Online via Zoom
United States