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  • Marnie Powers-Torrey
    4 years, 6 months ago

    Hello all,

    The Book Arts Program at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah is pleased to announce upcoming workshops with book artists Daniel Kelm and Mare Blocker. Registration is limited. See complete details and links to sign up below. Visit our website for additional details on our 2018 community programming:

    Wishing you all a productive and creative summer!


    The Book Restructured: Wire-Edge Binding
    Daniel E. Kelm

    June 1 & 2
    Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
    Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

    $215, register at:

    The range of books being produced today by artists is truly remarkable. Some diverge wildly from traditional book forms, others play with slight variations. Nontraditional books (e.g., books with thick pages, or books that are sculptural) may require the use of a material or movement not possible with conventional structures. Wire-edge hinging grew out of just such a challenge. This binding configuration utilizes a thin metal wire along the hinging edge of each page. The metal wire is exposed at regular intervals, creating knotting stations where thread attaches one page to the next. The result is a binding that opens exceptionally well and provides the option of producing unusual shapes. This workshop presents various wire-edge structures useful for books, enclosures, and articulated sculpture. Participants produce both a simple codex and an accordion model that forms a tetrahedron. All levels of experience are welcome.

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    Daniel E. Kelm is a book artist who enjoys expanding the concept of the book. He is known for his innovative structures as well as his traditional work. In the mid-1980s, Daniel invented a style of bookbinding called wire-edge binding in order to explore the nature of the book as articulated sculpture. His expression as an artist emerges from the integration of work in science and the arts. Alchemy is a common theme in his bookwork. Daniel received formal training in chemistry and taught at the University of Minnesota and is known for his extensive knowledge of materials. Daniel teaches widely, and founded the Garage Annex School for Book Arts (GAS) in 1990. Most recently, with long-time collaborator Timothy Ely, Daniel co-delivered a lecture on The Alchemy of the Handmade Book at the Getty Center as a complement to the exhibition The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts. Examples of Kelm’s use of wire edge binding can be seen at

    Photopolymer Intaglio Printing
    Mare Blocker

    June 29 & 30
    Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
    Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

    $205, register at:

    Throughout this two-day printmaking exploration, Blocker unveils methods for making images on transparencies and presents strategies for photopolymer intaglio printing and registration. Using black or tonal artwork on clear transparencies, participants expose and develop light-sensitive photopolymer plates. By hand-wiping the plates, participants create original intaglio prints using an etching press. This method is suitable for recreating an impression of a photographic image, rather than a highly detailed version, and is ideal for those who want to reduce toxic materials in their studios. Discussion topics include ink, paper, and dampening choices.
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    Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books and prints, since 1977 and established the MKimberly Press in 1984 when she bought her first Vandercook 219. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including the Museum of Women in the Arts, The Victoria and Albert, The University of Washington Special Collections, and The Library of Congress. Blocker is the President of the Book Arts Guild, a regional organization for book artists and enthusiasts. Blocker grew up in the Space Needle’s shadow in the Fun Forest, where her artist grandfather sold his screen-printed ephemeral works and paintings. Her first job, at five, was painting trees in her grandfather’s landscapes. Blocker has an MFA from the University of Idaho and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

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