Shared Spaces Bookmaking is my name for special group-bookmaking experiences, ranging from various types of workshops to guided projects for small groups. I enjoy encouraging individuals and groups to create books that bring delight.

  WORKSHOPS 

Workshops at Art/Book Art Schools

 

In partnership with various schools of art/book arts, I offer many types of workshops designed to ignite each participant's creative energy. For instance, in September of 2015, I taught "Books with an Origami Touch" at the Florence Thomas Memorial Art School workshop, in beautiful West Jefferson, NC. In September of 2013, I offered the workshop "Exploring Every Angle," at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation (Cleveland, OH). Each of these workshops brimmed with creative energy and idea sharing!

Whatever the workshop focus, my teaching reflects my passion for creating varied book forms and my commitment to nurturing each individual's process. Whether you're new to book arts or a more experienced participant, you'll always receive personalized guidance along with the group instruction.

My workshops also have been offered through Asheville BookWorks, Appalachian State University's Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and other venues. Welcoming environments such as these have been ideal settings for bookmaking explorations.

 

Customized Workshops

Occasionally, I also design and offer specific workshops for groups that can provide a suitable space, cover the per diem costs, and so on. (The space needs are simple, so a "studio" is not required.)

These are a few examples of the workshops I offer, and I'd be glad to talk with you if you'd like to host a workshop tailored to a particular group's interests:

  • The Envelope, Please: Envelope + Book Explorations
  • Flower, Leaf, Stick—Books for Springtime
  • Flag Books: Content in Motion
  • Simple Elegance: Making Pamphlet-Stitched Books
  • Journals with Exposed-Stitch Spines
  • Accordion Adventures

If you'd like to know more about these workshops or discuss other possibilities, please e-mail me at sharphandmadebooks@gmail.com.

 

Workshop Partnerships with Literacy Groups

As noted on the Book Arts for Literacy part of this website, I welcome opportunities to partner with literacy-promoting organizations--especially those serving adult learners--in planning workshops for both their clients and their staff members. Please e-mail me to discuss your needs and ideas.

 

Workshop Partnerships with Science Teachers

As indicated on this website's BookArt+Science section, I'm keenly interested in partnering with science teachers and others interested in activities that integrate art and science activities, whether in schools or in extracurricular settings. If you'd like to discuss possible workshops of this nature, please contact me.