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Book & Paper Arts

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Mondays, Feb 24 - Mar 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-BOOK-2369
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $40


Encounter the beauty of the book as a physical object and discover the mystery, inspiration and meaning contained in various book structures. You'll learn basic bookbinding techniques and explore many processes involved in constructing one-of-a-kind books. Beginning projects include simple pamphlets and accordion-fold books. As you gain mastery of basic skills, other exciting projects such as single signature books with hard covers, scrapbooks, albums and portfolios are introduced.

Applies to: NS-E

  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
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Saturday, Mar 14 | 9am-3pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-3253
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Discover the rare art of Taiwanese pith flower-making, using paper veneer made from the Tetrapanax papyrifer plant. This thin, bone-white paper retains great strength and flexibility when damp, can be folded into virtually any shape, and absorbs watercolors that result in textural depth. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make realistic, colorful morning glories. You’ll start by studying the anatomy of the flower, and then go through the process of dyeing, cutting and manipulating pith paper veneer into a beautiful morning glory. Once the flower’s construction is mastered, the focus will shift to study the composition, hierarchy and color balance in individual arrangements. The importance of Tetrapanax papyrifer and its contribution to Taiwanese history will be discussed throughout the session. Note: Bring a vessel of choice for your flower arrangement.

Applies to: PM-E

  • Name: Irene Wei (Bio)
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