UK Teaching: The Exquisite Corpse printing workshop

September 12, 2018toSeptember 14, 2018

  

In the early part of the 20th century a group of Surrealists played a parlour game called Consequences where each player writes or draws on a piece of paper, folds it, and passes it on for further contributions. The game, initially done for fun, soon revealed its enriching and creative side.

The name for the game coined by the Surrealists is cadaver exquis, or exquisite corpse, and is the inspiration for Emily’s class. Using a variety of printing techniques, participants will produce various fanciful images that are passed on to the next person for additional input. It’s a collaborative exercise that stretches the usual comfort zone of a single individual. It is bound to throw up many surprises and open up new ways to look at imagery and interact with it.

Participants will execute fanciful or serious images of creatures (human or otherwise) and learn a wide variety of hand printing techniques using stencils, collage, relief printing from wire, hand-made stamps, gelatin printing and other paper decoration techniques. Each participant will make multiples of their images to be exchanged among the group and then each will bind these collected pages in to a book. A multiple set of prints will be made so that each student has a full edition of the results. The prints will finally be bound into a book, or perhaps even something more…

For more information go to the BINDING re:DEFINED website using this link:  full details 2018

King Leer puppets video on YouTube

June 20, 2018toJune 20, 2019

 

A video showing King Leer: a Tragedy in Five Puppets in action is now on YouTube. King Leer video

Five puppets in a boxed set, four of the puppets have quotations from our 45th and current president. The 2016 election results turned my thoughts to the character of King Lear and from there they descended to King Leer. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to MacBeth. This project started with the spontaneous making of the beanbag puppet as a tension reliever in the winter of 2016. Sarah Bryant and Anna Embree introduced me to the robot puppet via Facebook in the spring of 2017. Those grasping hands set me off again. At that time, I decided to use the President’s own words against him. Each puppet has been made with the materials appropriate to their nature. Three of the puppets are paper with movable components: the flapping mouth, the jump-up, and the walking robot. The remaining two puppets are cloth and a sock with animated paper hair. The font used throughout is Arial Black with Apple Chancery for the opposite side of the jump up tab. All the paper is Chancery paper, a hemp and cotton blend, made by Tim Barrett and his team of student papermakers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.

Paper Puppets workshop, Center for Book Arts, NY, NY

June 9, 2018toJune 10, 2018

  

Students will learn paper engineering for three different kinds of paper puppets: the flapping mouth, the jump-up and the walking zombie. A variety of techniques for making axles, spacers, flaps, and other movable parts will be explored.  Participants will be able to make models of all the forms and also more individual puppets of their own. No experience required. For more information: Paper Puppets

Formation traveling exhibit, Guild of Book Workers

November 1, 2018toMarch 7, 2019

  

My book Funny Peculiar, Funny Ha Ha, will travel with the GBW exhibit Formation in 2018-19. The exhibit will be on exhibit at the following locations and dates. Additional information: Formation | The Guild of Book Workers

June 15-Oct 21, 2018 MCBA Minneapolis, MN

Nov 1- March 7, 2019 Robert C Williams Papermaking Museum Atlanta, GA

March 15- May 25, 2019 UCLA Los Angeles, CA

June 1- July 27, 2019 NBSS Boston, MA

August 1-Oct 30, 2019 UArts Philadelphia, PA