CARD CRAFT:
Papercrafting for Making Handmade Greeting Cards
Instructors Jennifer Isham & Jeff Ursillo

 

Saturday August 13, 2016
9:00am to 4 PM
JCBA Bindery 350C

Tuition Schedule:
$70 general public
$60 FAU faculty and staff and students from other institutions
$50 FAU students

When was the last time you made or received a handmade greeting card? Some people say the written letter and the sending of greeting cards is going the way of the horse and buggy. Not true! There are thousands of artisan writers and crafters handwriting letters and handmaking a wide assortment of multi-themed greeting cards. Card making is a fun, creative, and oftentimes meaningful outlet for the expression of sentiments.

This one day card crafting workshop is filled with tips and tools from beginning and intermediate skills to advanced. Participants will be cutting, folding, embossing, diecutting, layering, sponging, masking, stamping and even watercoloring to make a variety of cards including birthday, friendship, sympathy, and general themes suitable for women, men, and children. Expect to leave the workshop with a minimum of 8 hands-on techniques, completed cards, mailing envelopes, written instructions for replicating each card, and a list of resources for cardmaking supplies.

Instructors:
Jeff Ursillo and Jennifer Isham are both longtime and accomplished paper artists, not to mention longtime participants in Jaffe Center for Book Arts classes and activities. Jeff's love of handmade crafts goes back to childhood. He has been making handcrafted journals and greeting cards for a number of years, and particularly enjoys making ones that require precise measuring and paper manipulation. Three dimensional papercrafting projects and bookbinding are also favorites of his. In addition to his skills as a paper artist, Jeff is also a mineralogist who has been cutting cabochons for jewelry for over 20 years.

Jennifer has been a crafter and papercrafter since childhood. She has been making cards, journals, and scrapbooks since her children were very young. More often than not, her 25+ penpals can expect to receive a handwritten letter and mini journal, scrapbook or other paper surprise tucked inside one of her handmade cards. When asked what she would be if she could start her career over again, she quickly responds she would have loved to have been a kindergarten/grade school art teacher or professional paper crafter. She’s looking forward to retirement when she’ll have more time to papercraft and play with her grandchildren.

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


BOOK ARTS 101: Summertime
Instructor John Cutrone

 

Saturday afternoon August 13, 2015
1:00pm to 4:30 PM
Jaffe Center for Book Arts / Library

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined
(Tuition is by open donation to JCBA's Education Fund––you choose what you’d like to give.))

Summertime and the living is easy... and it's also a very good time to spend a hot summer's afternoon in the cool atmosphere of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts with an entertaining introductory book arts immersion.

We’ll begin with a screening of a brief video that will introduce you to Arthur Jaffe and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and the amazing collection of artists' books that is at its core. We'll follow this with an in-depth viewing of some of the artists' books in the collection––books that will entertain, inspire, and astound. We'll honor summer by finding some particularly summery books from the collection... and maybe even encourage summer to pack its bags by conjuring some books that bring to mind cooler, more varied days. Expect a summertime story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

Afterwards, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand out of JCBA's collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier that evening at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” All levels.

Instructor
John Cutrone is director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also the author of the Convivio Book of Days Blog and a partner in Lake Worth's Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides. (www.conviviobookworks.com)

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


DECONSTRUCTING the NARRATIVE: Working with Text & Image
Instructor Mary Larsen

 

Saturday October 1, 2016
1 to 5 PM
JCBA Bindery 350C in the Wimberly Library

Tuition Schedule: $75 general public / $65 FAU faculty & staff and students from other institutions / $50 FAU students

Utilizing the instructor's work as well as the work of William Cordova and other artists as a starting point for a dialog about the fragmented uses of narrative as a way to re-tell history, participants will explore the use of text and image in innovative ways. The workshop begins with a brief presentation of the artist's use of fragmented narrative and mixed media to tell a story. Participants will work in a wide range of materials, including book pages, maps, different types of paper, magazines, and various found materials. You'll discuss found poetry and be shown techniques in manipulating text on the printed page and other mixed media techniques, including photo transfers. Expect to paint, draw, sew, tear, burn, make marks and rub them out, cutting and pasting to find your voice in creating your own unique narratives.

CINDY BARTOSEK SCHOLARSHIP
One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($10) thanks to JCBA Book Arts Enthusiast Cindy Bartosek, who has funded student participation in our workshops with a generous gift to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through September 12, 2016.

Instructor
Mary Larsen studied printmaking and filmmaking at Hampshire College. Her education continued through her extensive travels throughout Europe, India, Nepal and China, filling sketchbooks and immersing herself in the art and culture of the places she stayed. She has lived, worked and exhibited in New York, San Francisco, San Juan and now Miami. (www.marylarsen.com)

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


Traditional Turkish Ebru Marbling
Instructor Paula Marie Gourley

 

Saturday & Sunday September 17 & 18, 2016
(a two-day workshop)
10:00am to 4:30 PM each day
JCBA Paper Lab at Historic T6
 

Tuition Schedule: $195 general public / $185 FAU faculty and staff and students from other institutions / $175 FAU students

Class limit: 12

Step into the world of Traditional Ebru, the art of Turkish Watercolor Marbling. This workshop will introduce the preparation of tools and materials, and a wide variety of patterns, as practiced in the classical "cloud art." Based on a foundation of pattern-building in sequence, we will use gouache, an opaque watercolor paint, to create an increasingly complex series of patterns, by allowing color to float on thickened water, then teased into patterns. The resulting papers may be used for calligraphy, endpapers, a background for printed work, book pages, or... let your imagination take wing!

CINDY BARTOSEK WORK STUDY SCHOLARSHIP
One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for the cost of materials ($35) thanks to JCBA Book Arts Enthusiast Cindy Bartosek, who has funded student participation in our workshops with a generous gift to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. For this workshop, the recipient of the Cindy Bartosek Scholarship will be assisting the instructor. To be considered for this honor, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through 5 PM on September 5, 2016.

Instructor
Paula Marie Gourley has practiced the art of Ebru since 1976, inspired by American practitioner Don Guyot, and the Turkish Ebru Master, Mustapha Duzgunman. Paula has taught this venerable art in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. She is a fine bookbinder, book artist, writer, photographer, and was a founding faculty of the MFA Program in the Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She was the third Salzberg Artist in Residence at JCBA (Spring 2013).

Registration
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.

Current Workshops

Card Craft

Summer 2016

Book Arts 101: Summertime

Summer 2016

Deconstructing the Narrative

Summer 2016

Turkish Ebru Marbling

Fall 2016