About the Workshop

The hand-held, tactile, and serial qualities inherent to the book make it a compelling media for artistic expression. Artist books can be visual, textual, sculptural, traditional or experimental in form. A book’s structure in concert with text and/or image can serve as an essential contextual element. This course will consider the connections between structure and other content with a goal of creating books in which the physical form plays an integral role in both function and meaning. Participants will learn several book structures for presenting material in alternative formats. Through exercises, ideas will be translated into ‘sketches’ made in book form. Contextual possibilities particular to book work will be examined, including visual and/or textual narrative, serialization, and unifying multiple pages into a cohesive whole. The class will also address the importance of understanding book structure and basic binding skills in order to produce work with both depth and material integrity.

About Julia Leonard

Julie Leonard is a bookbinder and artist working in Iowa City, IA and is a faculty member at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She creates one-of-a-kind and editioned artist books, and works on commission, limited production and edition binding projects. Using books as a form for visual and written expression, she creates pieces that are an homage to traditional books while also taking them out of that traditional form. She uses a range of book art processes including bookbinding, hand papermaking, letterpress and hand printing. Recent exhibits include the Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO; Viterbo University Gallery, La Crosse, WI; 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR; Morrissey Gallery, Davenport, IA; Word & Image Gallery, Treadwell, NY, College Book Art Association members show, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Her work has been acquired by private collectors and special collections libraries, including The Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, Yale University Library, Ringling School of Art & Design, University of Denver Librarires, and The University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. Julie teaches workshops nationally and abroad, including at University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy.


July 16-22, 2017

noncredit $1,045

undergraduate credit $1,215

graduate credit $1,275


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