Book Camp: Tiered Box & Coptic Book Set
Arts & DIY
Join Spudnik Press Teaching Artist duo Nicolette Ross and Elise Forer for a full day dedicated to the art of the book. Together, Nicolette and Elise have developed an intricate two-part project: a tiered box with a sliding drawer, fitted lid and compartment designed to hold a Coptic stich book. Through tackling this complex binding project, students will hone bookbinding skills and their understanding of the geometry used in book and box construction. Spudnik Press Cooperative will provide coffee, juice, snacks and lunch throughout the day.
This in-depth workshop is well suited for artists that are interested in creating their own sketchbooks, artist books, or slip cases. The Coptic book makes an ideal sketchbook since it lays flat, is durable and can incorporate many types of paper. Plus, after completing the advanced box project, students will be able to apply the same methods to building custom portfolio cases. Some prior bookbinding or box making experience is suggested. However, beginners ready to roll up their sleeves are welcome.
Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.
Her work is included in several private and public collections including the Special Collections at Olin Library at Washington University, the University of Milwaukee- Wisconsin, the SGCI archive, and the RISD Museum. She is the recipient of the 2009 Belle Cramer Award in Printmaking, the 2010 Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Award for Excellence in Book Design, and the 2010-2011 Lawrence Arts Center Printmaking Residency in Lawrence, KS.
Nicolette currently resides in Chicago, Illinois as an exhibiting artist and arts educator for local establishments including Spudnik Press, Fugscreens Studios, and One Strange Bird.
Elise Forer is a printmaker and Minnesota native living and working in the Chicago area. Forer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in Moorhead, MN in 2013. In her time at MSUM she served as Studio Intern and Teacher’s Aide under John Volk in the printmaking studio, and the resident intern at the Hannaher Studio in the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Forer’s work has been shown in several exhibitions, including student shows juried by Curator Lisa Elder Melander and Michael Byzewski of Aesthetic Apparatus. Forer also operates Take Aim Press and Bindery which offers stationary, prints, and handmade boxes and books.