Book and Box of Curiosities
This course explores the interpretation of our natural surroundings through artist books and boxes. Students from diverse printmaking and bookmaking backgrounds are welcome. The workshop strikes a balance between hands-on construction of book and box structures, independent work, and engaging discussions encompassing various media processes, materials, and how the natural world intertwines these ideas. Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to create unusual folded paper book structures, paper boxes, false accordion/flutter book structures, single-section hardcovers, leading to simple multi-tray box structures. Demonstrations will also cover image and text generation methods to assist students in translating their ideas onto the page. Each student’s work will be uniquely tailored to their material storytelling interests, visual collections, and natural curiosities, should they wish to incorporate them.
Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer, and book artist. She has both a BA and MFA in Book and Paper Arts and currently works as the Director for InterOcean Studio in Colorado.
Alpers has taught adjunct academic courses at San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts (San Francisco), University of San Francisco, and Columbia College Chicago. She has taught workshops for Penland School of Crafts, Focus on Book Arts, San Francisco Center for the Book, Guild of Bookworkers, Denver Botanic Gardens, Book Arts LA, San Diego Book Arts, and the Center for Book and Paper in Chicago.
She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with her most recent solo exhibition in 2023 entitled Mutualistic Musings in Denver, CO. Her limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist books are produced under the Gazelle and Goat Press imprint, and more information about her work can be found at rhiannonalpers.com.