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Piano Hinge Book

Gina Pisello has taught book arts classes in school, libraries and her own home for over 12 years. She specializes in folded books or origami structures but is accomplished in many other forms. In addition to teaching, Gina coordinated 28 artists for the 2011 SDBA Collaborative Art Project: Artists Trading Cards ABC’s.

Artist's Statement: Art is an integral part of my life and artist books have been my focus since 2011. Making art with vintage materials like old dress patterns, children’s books and maps adds richness and history to my work. I am fascinated by line, shadow and texture. I strive to turn paper into dynamic, three-dimensional sculptures that invite the viewer in and reward them with hidden depth and meaning. I explore the themes of time (on the personal and geologic scale and nature in all its subtlety.

A Book Arts Basic Class by Gina Pisello
3134 Del Rey Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92009

$2 Materials Fee
Class limit: 5
For more information
contact Janis Reeser.

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers

Tools to bring:
Bone folder, scissors, glue, ruler, craft knife, cutting mat, scoring tool.
Optional (please bring these items if you have them, if not I will have some available): wire cutters (for trimming the bamboo), black and white pens, chalk pastels in black and white, double stick tape (Scortape or Sookwang).

In this 3-hour class you will learn to make a basic piano hinge book, a fun structure created by Heidi Kyle. This binding requires some cutting and weaving, but once learned offers many creative applications. You will make two books, time permitting, that measure 3” x 4.5” (moon book - 9 pages) and 3” x 5.5” (kingfisher book - 7 pages). We will begin with the easier moon book and move on to the blue kingfisher which requires a bit more cutting.

All paper will be provided along with templates and bamboo skewers for binding. You will also receive a handout with instructions so you can make additional piano hinge books at home. There will be a number of sample books to look at during the workshop. They will give you some ideas for using this binding style.


Earlier Event: April 8
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Later Event: August 6
Fan Accordion Book