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Exploring Book Arts: Themes and Variations

3-Session Weekend Course

Sunday, November 3 to 17, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00TR

By Sushmita Mazumdar

Guided by book artist Sushmita Mazumdar, learn techniques to create three standard types of handmade books, then experiment with creative variations inspired by books she has made at workshops at Smithsonian museums.

Begin the three-session class series by making a hard-covered accordion book from watercolor paper with sewn-in pages for your writing, paintings, photos, or ephemera. Then make one that’s tiny enough to fit into a matchbox, inspired by an exhibition at the African Art Museum.

Learn to make a Japanese stab-bound journal with lined pages and hard covers. Then create a journal with an American-flag theme, like one Mazumdar made for a Presidents Day event at the Portrait Gallery.

Try your hand at a book-arts favorite: a one-page folded book. Then make the same type of book from a world map, adding sew-in pages and pockets to use as travel journal, a project sparked by an exhibition at the Freer|Sackler.

No previous experience needed. All supplies are provided.

3 sessions; 3 hours each

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3040
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)