Exploding Picture Box in-person workshop

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November 12th, 2022 1:30 PM

  • Instructor: Jody Alexander
  • Workshop Type: Arts
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: November 12th, 2022 1:30 PM
  • Workshop End: November 12th, 2022 4:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class unless otherwise announced by SFCB. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.

Picture and paper crafts were quite popular in the Victorian Era from whence this exploding box originated.  In this workshop you will learn how to make this paper box and lid that has 28 surfaces where pictures, words, and illustrations can be placed.  It is like a little book or photo album in a box… that explodes! Small objects can also be placed at the center as an extra surprise.

This structure makes a great gift. It can commemorate a trip, or event, or even serve as an ABC book or story book for a little one. So many possibilities!

(Jody will be teaching two workshops in one day - check out her morning class, Origami Travel Notebook)

Materials to Bring:

  • Ephemera to decorate box: photos, book pages, maps, stamps, images, decorative paper, etc. They will be cut down to about  2 x 2 inches - think small!
  • Your preferred cutting tool: x-acto knife, scalpel, etc.
  • Optional / Available for use at SFCB: cutting mat, straight edge ruler, triangle, bone folder, glue brush, pencil.

Workshop Fee (includes $5 materials fee): $85
Scholarships available; click here to apply.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 12, 2022 :: 1:30-4:30pm

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

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop.


About the Instructor | Jody Alexander

Jody Alexander is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Santa Cruz and Penn Valley, California. She combines textiles, paper, found items and imagery to create books, objects, wall pieces, garments, and installations. Her current work is inspired by the art of repair, reuse, and imagery and stories encountered in her travels and everyday.

Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody was an artist in residence at the Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility in 2019, and is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from U.C.L.A., and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Jody teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Past Student Reviews:

“I was honored to work with her.... so calm, talented, and her quiet passion is infectious. Please bring her back soon, it was way too long since her last time at the Center.”

“Couldn't have been better – a really excellent class.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States