2017: Apr 22 – 23, Hedi Kyle’s Innovative Structures – Part 1


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April 22 – 23, 2017
Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $250.00 (price includes a $25 materials fee)
Instructor: Karen Hardy

Description – The myriad of 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, with the goal being for each student to produce a 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 previous experience required.

Students should bring to the class:

  • bone folder
  • x-acto knife
  • glue brush
  • metal ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • awl
  • cutting mat
  • decorative, patterned, handmade papers, both lightweight and heavyweight (optional)
  • materials for collage (optional)
  • colored linen thread (optional)
  • plastic container, shoebox size or larger (optional)