Books with pockets are fun and full of potential. We will construct three structures with pockets. Two will result in books that are complete with covers, one will result in pages that you can later use to complete your own book. For the first, a modified accordion fold, we will also create content, a quick collaborative project using a “kneadable” rubber stamp. The second is a four-pocket book from a single sheet of paper, resulting in pockets sized for seed packets. The final structure is another four-pocket fold. We will explore ways to attach multiple pocket sections to create a book. Measurements to use to create pages to house 4” x 6” pages (for example, Mail Art Cards) will be provided.
Judith Christensen has taught book arts classes to adults and young students for over twenty years. She has worked with the San Diego Book Arts Education and Outreach Programs for many of those years, teaching in schools and libraries and coordinating programs such as “Taking Art to the Neighborhoods,” in which 700 participants made a book, and “Every Child Needs a Voice,” making books with sixty students in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Madison High School. Vestiges from the past—memories, photographs, or letters—as well as words we encounter daily find their way into Judith’s artwork. They may be from her past or they might be someone else’s discards, discovered at a thrift store. It is not their source or their relationship to her that is significant. Rather, she searches for items that suggest the imprint of a human life, items that, when integrated with other elements, engage viewers in a dialog with the piece, with themselves, and, hopefully, with each other.