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Cut, Fold, Glue, Repeat

  • Christensen Studio 3503 Cowley Way San Diego, CA, 92117 United States (map)

A Book Arts Basic Class
by Judith Christensen

Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
Materials Fee
: $3.00
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Sharon

Tools to bring - Required: Glue (stick is fine), scissors, cutting knife, ruler (at least 12”), bone folder Optional:  stylus (for scoring), bench hook & cutting board. Optional for the winged book: content that is 5⅞” high x 3” wide, one- or two-sided: photographs, small drawings, or content from a magazine. (Nat. Geo. magazines will be available.)

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If you want to add a level of interest to your accordion books (or maybe you’ve never made an accordion book), we will explore several structures that are basically accordion books, but with a twist or turn, unfolding in captivating ways. We’ll start with the winged book, with pages that allow for inserts. Next, we’ll explore the exquisite flower- fold book. Then we will explore the Turkish map fold. If there is time we will look at the Hungarian map fold as well. All levels of book making skill and experience are welcome—even if you’ve never made a book before.

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, 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. Art: 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.

Earlier Event: November 3
Altered Books - Transforming the Familiar
Later Event: November 16
Books with Pockets