Tunnel Books
Instructor Carol Barton

Saturday & Sunday January 26 & 27, 2019
10 AM to 4 PM each day
JCBA Bindery, FAU Library
Class limit: 12

A tunnel book––also known as a peephole book––is a set of pages bound with accordions on two sides and viewed through a central opening. This exciting book form dates from the mid-eighteenth century and was inspired by theatrical stage sets. Students will learn the basics of constructing a tunnel book by building structural models and then will explore options for adding text and imagery. Participants will be encouraged to experiment in adapting this book to their personal styles. Historical and artists’ examples will be presented in a brief slide lecture. No experience necessary. This is a great class for teachers, artists, graphic designers, and anyone interested in engaging and unusual book structures.

Tuition Schedule

General Public: $195
FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions: $185
FAU Students: $175


One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($40) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. 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 January 10, 2019.


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


Carol Barton is a book artist, painter, curator, and teacher who has published several editions and has organized both local and national shows of artists' books. She has taught at elementary, high school, and university levels, as well as conducted adult workshops at art centers across the United States. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in numerous collections, including the Jaffe Collection, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has had residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy, the Moulin a Nef in France and the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. Her pop-ups were featured in National Geographic Magazine’s July 2005 article "Zip Code 20812: It’s Only A Paper Moon." Her "Pocket Paper Engineer" workbooks are how-to book on pop-ups and paper engineering.