The myriad unique structures invented by Hedi Kyle have had an enormous impact on the field of book arts. Artists far and wide have been inspired and influenced by her masterful paper engineering and particular genius for transforming the architecture and action of the book. This workshop will be an introduction to some of Hedi’s gems, such as the spider book, fishbone fold, pivoting panels, and blizzard book.
We will use a variety of visually interesting materials and papers, but our focus will be on form and structure rather than content. You produce your own collection of sample books that can be used as reference and inspiration for further projects. Hedi’s examples teach us that the physical properties of a book convey meaning. This sampler will provide a foundation for developing a sensitivity to the ways in which a book’s weight, material, and movement inform the reading experience and connect intimately to content. No experience necessary!
Level: All levels welcome
Hedi Kyle’s Innovative Structures: Part 1; Dec 7 & 8; 10am-5pm
- Dates & Times: 2-session workshop: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10am-5pm
- Materials Fee: $30, payable to instructor during class (cash or check)
- Instructor: Karen Hardy
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, prints, sculpture, and installation. Karen’s work is widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad, and her artist books have received awards in numerous exhibitions. She is a graduate of the book arts & printmaking MFA Program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is currently an instructor of book arts at Western Carolina University.