Exploring Handmade Books: July 31-August 2, 2015
with Susan Joy Share
This workshop is an introduction to bookbinding techniques, tools and materials. We will learn a variety of folding, gluing and sewing methods while exploring book content and structure. Book forms include the codex, accordion books, and pop-ups. We will also paint decorative papers, make, and keep a sketchbook. Experimentation and personal direction will be encouraged as we draw inspiration from the unique natural setting of the Wrangell Mountain Center. All levels of experience are welcome.
Susan Joy Share is a visual artist, bookbinder and performer. She has exhibited and performed across the US, and has taught at many institutions including Penland School, NC, Anderson Ranch, CO and Haystack Mountain School, ME and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, FL. She received a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship and has had a solo exhibit and is in the collection of the Anchorage Museum. Share’s work can be found in collections at The Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She has created public art for Anchorage’s 1% for Art program and currently teaches at UAA.
Participants should plan to arrive in McCarthy in time to get settled and enjoy dinner at 6 pm on Friday, July 31st. The workshop ends after dinner on Sunday, August 2nd.
Meals and Accommodations:
Lunch and dinner will be provided and shared communally; workshop participants are responsible for the breakfast meal. Breakfast can be purchased from a limited number of local vendors or participants can bring breakfast provisions to store and cook in the Hardware Store facilities. Hot water will be provided for coffee and tea. Every effort will be made to accommodate dietary needs and restrictions with advance notice. Primitive camping is available at no cost to workshop participants. The private site is located just a short walk away from the Wrangell Mountains Center campus. Those who camp are welcome to store gear and food, borrow bear barrels, and use our rustic shower and other facilities at the Hardware Store. WMC staff will direct you to the campsite and orient you there upon your arrival.
Other lodging options within McCarthy include the full service McCarthy Lodge and Lancaster's Backpacker Hotel, located just down the street. The Kennicott River Lodge and Hostel is another great option outside of town; it's a short bicycle ride or twenty minute walk each way. If you bring a vehicle with you, Currant Ridge Cabins is located on the McCarthy Road about three miles from the road's end; it's about a half mile walk between the parking area there and the Old Hardware Store. Free shuttles run between the river and McCarthy on a rotation with limited hours. If you bring a camper in or would otherwise like to camp out with your vehicle, there are two commercial campgrounds near the end of the McCarthy Road that will accommodate you without advance reservations.
Cost: $235/person if you register by May 15th; $265/person after May 15th. Current WMC Members receive a 10% discount (not applicable to the early bird discount). The workshop price includes most art supplies, lunches, dinners and optional camping and food storage facilities. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. A supply list of optional items to bring will be provided in the registration packet.
If you prefer to register by phone or on paper please call Kristin Link at 907-554-4464 or send us a message here.