Pyramid Books with Cynthia Motian McGuirl
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24
Students will make a book with a hardcover case that folds flat but can be opened to form a 3-D pyramid. Learn about suitable papers and grain, gluing tips, and how to make and use templates for accurate construction.
On Day 1, participants will make the text block using a heavyweight printmaking paper. Students will connect pages using a double-action hinge made with kozo paper and glue. We’ll utilize a master grid and magnets to accurately lay out the pages. Students will create images and words with cut, glued, and stitched collage techniques on individual pages.
On Day 2, we’ll make a hardcover case with a folded paper pocket to put the text block in. The book board and book cloth will be precut. While the cover is drying, students will continue working on the content of their book.
Students will have a one-hour lunch break each class day.
Students should bring the following tools and supplies to the first day of class: pencil, rotary cutting mat, knife with breakaway blades, bone folder, ruler, 1/8” hole punch or Japanese screw punch, small paper scissors, and personal collage materials (optional). Tools to share will also be available.
Cynthia Motian McGuirl works with paper, metal, and fiber, utilizing the techniques of printmaking, stitching, and bookbinding. She has developed a back-and-forth repertoire between creating narrative images and creating objects. McGuirl believes that there is a meditation that happens in the rhythmic ‘craft’ work that helps the ‘art’ work to evolve.
Recent exhibitions include Lies, Truths & Mysteries at the NoRo Gallery; People On the Move: A Human Crisis at the Jonathan Frost Gallery; and When Will We Ever Learn at the Yvette Torres Gallery, all in Rockland, Maine. McGuirl is a teaching artist who works with adults and in local schools. She was recently a visiting artist at the Print Studio, University of Maine at Orono.
Cost: $180; $140 museum members, plus $15 materials fee payable to the instructor