Microfiction Mini Books
Instructor Stephanie Wolff
Thusday March 11, 2021
6 to 8 PM Eastern Standard Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 15
A very short story will be the content of a mini artists' book. Participants will write a story in six words and create illustrations. Then bind it into a very simple but versatile book structure. The writing is meant to be a fun exercise, but participants are welcome to use existing stories should they choose. This structure could be used for any kind of content: text or image or both, and can be scaled up in size. To learn more about this writing form, search the internet for “six word stories” or “six word memoirs”. A famous example, allegedly by Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.”
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JCBA’s SELF DETERMINED TUITION CONCEPT
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.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Tablet or computer with internet connection, plus the following:
PAPERS: These are the “parent” sheet size of paper, which will be cut down. Specific instructions for cutting the paper will be sent to participants prior to the workshop • 10 sheets of 8.5" x 11” cardstock paper (65 lb best) white or light color • 2 sheets of 16” x 16” heavy text paper (drawing paper, 80 lb text weight paper) • 2 sheets of 5.5” x 5.5” cardstock or similar weight paper, any color
ART SUPPLIES: Fine black marker • “clean” dry media, such as colored pencil, pencils, markers, rubber stamps/stamp pads, crayons (should not be wet or smear, so no watercolor or pastels) • pens, calligraphy tools, rubber stamp or stencil alphabets, rub on letters (size of letters should be between 3/8-5/8” high)
TOOLS: Cutting mat • X-Acto knife • Right Triangle (30-60-90 or 45 will work) • Awl, needle, or other piercing tool • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil and note paper • Glue stick (and double-sided tape, if available) • Scrap paper for gluing • Bone folder (great tool to have, but any tool to score a line into paper will work)
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