Posts Categorized: Craft

Books are Portals

Books are portable, durable, and universal objects that travel with us through very public and historical realms as well as personal and intimate ones. As a widely accepted traditional form of reflection and information dissemination, what can we learn from making our own books today? This is a one-day intensive workshop focused on the book as a site for creative experimentation, self-determined archives, and personal narratives. Students will learn 3 basic bookbinding techniques and be able to bind their own blank sketchbooks and journals.

Box Making Workshop

Clamshell boxes are ideal for housing a portfolio of prints, photos, artist books, memorabilia, or tools. This style of box features a durable tray that safely holds the contents in place with a drop spine and hinged lid that allows the box open like a book and lay flat. This sturdy little box can be scaled to accommodate just about any content.

During this workshop students will construct a 6″x8″ box and build comfort and confidence in a variety of bookbinding skills: measuring and cutting book board, using a glue brush, wrapping boards with paper and book cloth, and planning for hinges that allow the box to easily open and close.

Patching & Mending

Patching our clothes can serve as a pathway to connect and mend our relationship to the Earth. We’ll cover methods of bringing life back into our belongings through personalization, mending, patching and altering clothing. Bring some things to mend and fabric scraps.

Rumination: The Remix

Have old prints or works on paper that you can’t throw away? Give them a second life as a handmade holiday gift! Join us for a workshop to jump start the holiday season and work on handmade gifts to subvert the compulsive consumption that reaches a fever pitch around this time of year.

Repurpose prints from previous press runs through various cutting and folding techniques. An old holiday card or calendar is reborn as a gift box; Letterforms sourced from printed material become a visual poem; Test prints become a set of envelopes. Have a stack of nice paper with misprinted or incompleted images on it? Fold them all in half and sew them into a journal with an exposed spine using contrasting or decorative thread.

Participants bring old prints, or test sheets or commercially printed objects looking to be repurposed. Transform your misprints into sketchbooks, a handmade stationary or even poems. Bring a stack of printed material from past print projects or even old books or magazines and transform material into functional paper objects.  This meditative practice of sifting through paper objects is also a great end of the year ritual. Come ruminate on all your past prints and push them back out into the public sphere as tokens of affection.


Sculptural Paper

In this two-session intensive, students will use fast and easy DIY papermaking techniques like pulp casting, paper mache, and dipping to explore the many sculptural forms, textures, and dimensions that paper fibers can take.

Students will also be encouraged to experiment with methods of surface design and assemblage to modify and embellish our forms.

Private Lessons: Gap Lessons

“Gap Lessons” are designed to support people transitioning from taking classes to using our Open Studio program, and to offer efficient and focused one-on-one support for people embarking on new projects or who need help working through a particular printing issue.

Taught by our in-house staff of skilled printers/artists, these one-hour lessons can help fill in any gaps that have held you back from getting the most out of your time at the studio.

Lessons are often scheduled preceding an Open Studio session to allow students to work with staff for an hour before their full studio session.

Email to schedule a lesson. Lessons are typically scheduled at least one-two weeks in advance. Instead of enrolling through our website, an online invoice will be sent once a lesson is confirmed. Please include in the email:

  • The specific topic or skill you would like help with
  • Any particular staff you would like to be paired with
  • Availability: days, evenings, weekends, etc.

Please note that gap lessons are not designed to provide authorization, but instead boost your confidence within the studio. Based on the skill or topic you would like to focus on, we may recommend a longer lesson.

Gap lessons are $45 for a 1-hour session. Members of Spudnik receive a discounted rate of $40/hour.