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Book Arts Program Workshops and 2012 Calendar Online

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  • Laura Decker
    The Book Arts Program at the University of Utah s web calendar is live, so you can now see the totality of our 2012 workshops, classes, lectures, and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 25, 2012
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      The Book Arts Program at the University of Utah's web calendar is live, so you can now see the totality of our 2012 workshops, classes, lectures, and exhibitions online at www.bookartsprogram.org. Just click on "Book Arts Program/ 2012 Events Calendar" at the bottom of the right-hand side bar.

      Here are two workshops that begin in February.


      ***Workshop: Simple Book Repairs for At-Home Curators
      February 8, 15, 22, 29; and March 7, Wednesdays, 5:00–8:00; Instructor: Tomomi Nakashima
      Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor
      Workshop fee: $180; materials fee: $50

      As a result of age and use, sometimes books of the highest personal value are also the most damaged. Learn to love your books by repairing them! This five-week workshop, limited to ten motivated participants, covers foundational book repair techniques including dry cleaning; paper mending; sewing; repairing loose joints, torn spines, and endcaps; and reattaching detached boards. Manual dexterity and patience are highly recommended. Participants receive a kit of basic materials and tools as well as damaged books on which to practice repair techniques. At the seminar's completion, participants are able to assess damage to non-rare books and execute basic, non-damaging repair techniques.

      Tomomi Nakashima started book conservation training in 1997 as a student employee at the Marriott Library, University of Utah while working on an MA in linguistics. In 2002, she relocated to Mesa, AZ where she worked as a book conservator for Roswell Bookbinding. Returning to Utah and the Marriott Library in 2005, she is currently the Head Conservator in the Preservation Department, taking care of rare books and various special projects for the University collections.

      To register for these workshops or for more information: www.bookartsprogram.org or bookartsprogram@... or 801.585.9191.
      Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.


      ***Workshop: Reclaimed—A Conceptual Transplant
      February 18 & 25, Saturdays, 9:00–5:00; Instructor: Adam Larsen
      Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, 4th floor
      Workshop fee: $160 plus materials fee

      This altered book workshop introduces participants to the history, philosophy, and craft of creatively modifying mass-produced books. Using vintage, discarded, hardbound books as catalysts, students learn innovative methods to appropriate from and collaborate with each volume's original author and/or designer. Participants manipulate found texts through dissection techniques, construction methods, and by transplanting unique stimuli and found objects into each vessel. Using this assemblage process, each student reclaims two books by formally and conceptually transfiguring them into contemporary works of art—possessing unique visual, tactile, and conceptual merit. An instructor-guided expedition to a local antique store in search of found objects and catalyst texts concludes the first day of this transformative two-Saturday workshop*.
      * Participants can expect to spend $50 - $75 on vintage hardcover books and assemblage materials.

      Adam is a passionate artist and teacher of the visual language whose philosophy embraces the idea that art occurs when craft and concept homogenize. He is dedicated to promoting the practice of fundamental visual and dextral skills in a variety of artistic disciplines. His work cannot be categorized by one medium but exists in varied forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and artists' books. His current work can be characterized as a visual reflection of his life as he attempts to translate commonplace occurrences into intimate visual dialogs utilizing the visual and tactile container of the artists' book. Adam has exhibited his work extensively throughout the region and around the country and is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah where he teaches drawing, 2D design, and printmaking.

      To register for these workshops or for more information: www.bookartsprogram.org or bookartsprogram@... or 801.585.9191.
      Relicensure points are available from the Utah State Board of Education.
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