Make a Handmade Box within a Book: August 1-7, 2012
Using handmade local papers, and found objects and materials, you will learn to make a travel book with a self-contained box to hold your collected artifacts. Each participant will design a book, prepare the papers and artifacts, stitch the binding, and make the box enclosure. The enclosed box can hold art supplies, treasures, or spiritual talismans. This is a unique art book design created by our instructor Lisa Gilbert. It is portable, versatile and beautiful.
A box within a handmade book
First, we will visit the Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca in San Agustin Etla where local papermakers use the traditional methods and incorporate regional natural fibers into the paper. Here we will see the paper making process and then select text and cover papers for your personalized handmade book project.
During our travel adventures around Oaxaca as you explore the rich culture , you will collect personal treasures along the way. Your book will reflect your unique travel experience as you move from markets, to museums, to art galleries and artist studios incorporating the textures, colors, and artifacts that exemplify Oaxaca.
Front cover has optional pockets
Each day begins with a book making demonstration, followed by a learning and practice session. We’ll have daily discussion about how the project is progressing and have the opportunity to share our discoveries. The workshop will culminate with a book exchange, best of week show, and fiesta.
- Explore the anatomy of a book and how to construct one
- Understand the fundamentals of the craft
- Construct a sturdy box integrated within the book
- Use the pamphlet stitch to bind the signatures
- Make the finishing closures (e.g., paper beads, braided cords, etc.)
- Insert envelopes to hold extra treasures
- Apply foldout pages to extend your writing surfaces
- Collect ephemera to be used for decoration (photos, collage elements, yarns, threads, buttons, beads, etc.)
- No prior bookbinding skills are needed.
- Book artists
- Art educators
- Artists and artisans
- Anyone who wants to have fun and learn a new form of creative self-expression
We will provide you with a list of equipment and materials to bring with you upon registration. You may want to bring your own ephemera (decorations) or purchase ephemera during your travels around Oaxaca. We’ll provide basic supplies such thread, needles and glue and give you a shopping allowance to select handmade papers from Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca.
Your Itinerary: Each day includes plenty of time to work on making your book!
Use the box to collect milagros + embellishments
Day One: Arrive and settle into your Oaxaca city hotel.
Day Two: Travel by van to San Agustin Etla to the papermaking workshop; select your handmade amate papers; discuss components of bookmaking; overnight in Oaxaca (group breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day Three: Visit the innovative textile museum, graphics arts institute, and go on an ephemera treasure hunt; discuss project design and paper preparation; overnight in Oaxaca (group breakfast; lunch and dinner on your own).
Day Four: Learn box making; project making and free time; overnight in Teotitlan del Valle (group breakfast, dinner).
Day Five: Visit the famed tianguis Tlacolula Market; discuss sewing the signatures; overnight in Teotitlan del Valle (group breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day Six: Finish your book, book exchange, Best of Week Show and Fiesta; overnight in Teotitlan del Valle (group breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Day Seven: Depart OR stay on for an additional day and night to take a cooking class with renowned local teacher (9:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.—includes lunch)
Select your own papers, cover design, colors
Your Workshop Leader is Book Maker Lisa Gilbert
Lisa Gilbert has been an enthusiastic book artist since childhood. She has been illustrating professionally, and teaching art and/or health for the past 20 years. Known for her use of color, finely tuned creativity, and excellent technical bookbinding, Lisa has been invited to show her work in two North Carolina exhibitions. She has studied bookbinding, papermaking, and box making at programs across the U.S., and most recently completed a Penland School of Crafts program. She has taught bookmaking classes throughout North Carolina, and has a reputation as a patient, encouraging, imaginative, and effective teacher.
Lisa considers herself to be a “cultural navigator” – a well-deserved designation since she has traveled to more than 25 countries. She purchases, collects, and uses exotic papers on her travels, most recently from Panama, Scandinavia, and India. Lisa has visited papermaking facilities and bookbinderies across India and has fashioned books from wood, papyrus, metal, mica, fabric, plastic, vinyl as well as from traditional materials such as handmade and machine-made decorative papers.
She attended Colorado Institute of Art, holds degrees in art and business, and the PhD in health education from University of Maryland. Her background is versatile and inventive.
Insert envelopes to hold extra treasures
Lodging/Accommodations. To keep this experience affordable, we have selected accommodations that are clean and basic. We will spend three nights in Oaxaca and three nights in Teotitlan del Valle. If you prefer luxury accommodations, please let us know and we can customize your accommodations for an added cost.
Cost: The basic cost for the trip is $1,295. USD. This includes six nights lodging double occupancy with shared bath, six breakfasts, three lunches, four dinners, transportation to the villages, all instruction and most materials. Travel workshops of this type and length cost more than twice as much!
The program costs do NOT include airfare, taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, liquor/alcoholic beverages, some meals as specified in the itinerary, entry fees, and some transportation.
You will have the option of sharing a double room with shared bath for the base price of the trip. Please indicate your preference.
Option A: Shared room with shared bath; $1,295. Deposit to reserve: $650.
Option B: Shared room with private bath; $1,495. Deposit to reserve: $750.
Option C: Single room with private bath; $1,645. Deposit to reserve: $823.
Option D: Add additional nights lodging in Oaxaca, +$125 each night.
Option E: Add one night lodging and cooking class in Teotitlan del Valle, $110 on Tuesday, August 7 (depart August 8)
Reservations and Cancellations
A 50% deposit is required to guarantee your spot. The final payment for the balance due (including any supplemental costs) shall be postmarked by May 30, 2012. We prefer Payment with PayPal. We will be happy to send you an invoice.
Please understand that we make lodging and transportation arrangements months in advance of the program. Deposits or payments in full are often required by our hosts. If cancellation is necessary, please notify us in writing by email. After May 30, no refunds are possible. If you cancel on or before May 30, 2012 we will refund 50% of your deposit. We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation, baggage, emergency evacuation and medical insurance before you begin your trip, since unforeseen circumstances are possible.
To register, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 274-6194. Thank you.
This workshop is produced by Norma Hawthorne, Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary and substitute instructors without notice.
The exploration of life is like creating an open book.