L.A. Book Arts Retreat
June 18 – June 24, 2017
This 5-day retreat provides an opportunity for book artists to concentrate on their creative work, develop new ideas, and hone their skills. Artists focus on personal work, with an emphasis on storytelling, poetry, political satire, social commentary, and more. Program explores book design and materials, content development and image making, printing processes and media integration. Also covers related investigative and exploratory printing and typographic techniques. Special demonstrations include digital imaging requirements, font-editing, processing with the plate making machine, and presswork on the Vandercook flatbed cylinder press. Prior letterpress experience required. Previous experience with image-editing and page-layout software is required for those interested in digital letterpress. Participants have access to Otis College’s Lab Press, a fully functioning studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 typefaces. Established in 1984 by Sheila de Bretteville as part of the Communication Arts Department, the Lab Press has a rich history of small edition book publishing. Includes visit(s) to Otis College’s Millard Sheets Library, which houses an extensive collection of artist books, from democratic multiples to one-of-a-kind works. Participant work is individual in nature and dependent upon student skill set, interest, and proposed project(s).
Lead Instructor: Rebecca Chamlee is a graphic designer, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, and hand-bound limited edition fine press and artists books under the imprint of Pie in the Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely.
Guest speakers include writer / performance artist Jacqueline Suskin and Carolee Campbell, publisher of Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Early Bird Discount through May 21st – $100 off tuition fee!