Historic Valentines
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thusday February 4, 2021
6 to 8 PM Eastern Standard Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 15

In the mid-19th century, cobweb or bee-hive valentines were sometimes delivered on Valentine’s Day. They had a picture, often flowers or a picturesque scene, with a string in the center. When the string was pulled the top picture revealed a second picture underneath, visible through cuts in the top layer with the stretched paper having the appearance of a cobweb. The woven heart in hand was another “token of love” exchanged in past times. We’ll construct a model of both of these historic valentines. Participants can make more personalized valentines to send for Valentine’s Day or incorporate these techniques in their artwork after class.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (jcutrone@fau.edu).


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $50, but your tuition is Self Determined. Our goal is to make this workshop experience accessible. If your personal financial situation is difficult right now, pay what you can. If you can afford to pay more, we deeply appreciate that. Use our suggested tuition of $50 as your guide and go from there.


Tablet or computer with internet connection • Pencil • Scissors • Compass • Metal ruler • Piercing tool • Cutting mat • 45” triangle (optional) • Microspatula (optional) • C-thru clear gridded ruler 12” or 6” (optional) • Telfon (bone) folder (optional) • X-Acto knife • Self healing cutting mat or thick (not corrugated) cardboard, like the back of a legal pad (optional) • Colored pencils, markers, fine black marker • Glue stick (or PVA glue and small glue brush) • Various Papers (we'll send a list) • Thread


Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life, among other topics. Her artists' books are held in public and private collections, have been exhibited in the United States and Germany, and won awards. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. She has been a Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. www.stephaniewolffstudio.com