Birds of a Feather Mechanical Postcards
Instructor Shawn Sheehy

Virtual Workshop
Thursday June 13, 2024
6 to 7:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom. This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for at least 30 days after the workshop.

Sunday June 2, 2024

Quick! What’s a figure of speech that involves birds? (Take another look at the workshop title if you need a little help.) This whimsical trio of mechanical postcards features three different bird idioms and volvelle-based mechanisms that will help you solve the idiomatic riddles. You will build each using a simple set of hand tools and a kit of pre-cut pieces. All levels welcome; this workshop is especially friendly for beginners. Perfect for word and bird nerds!


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


This workshop has a set tuition of $85, which includes a materials fee for a kit that will be mailed to you. Due to shipping logistics, we are limiting workshop participation to students with US mailing addresses only.


Computer or tablet with Internet connection, PVA or other strong craft glue, bone folder, pencil, plus the workshop kit, which will be mailed to you prior to the workshop. (Due to shipping logistics, we are limiting workshop participation to students with US mailing addresses only.)


Shawn Sheehy has been teaching book arts courses and workshops since 2001. His broadsides and artists' book editions have been collected by such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Library of Congress, UCLA, Harvard, and the Jaffe Collection at FAU. Sheehy's trade edition pop-up book Welcome to the Neighborwood was released in 2015, winning numerous awards. More recently, the trade edition of Beyond the Sixth Extinction was released through Candlewick in 2018. He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago and has taught numerous paper engineering workshops at JCBA.