Instructor: Sharon Sharp
This workshop focuses on the process of creating flag books and learning to present content—both images and text—in highly imaginative ways that result from the books' moving parts, the "flags." Although the basic structure is simple, the results can be surprisingly complex and visually intriguing. Participants will learn how to incorporate original content (photos, drawings, writing, etc.), as well as incorporate memorabilia, envelopes and other items. Participants will discuss paper characteristics and design considerations while making the books, and fill them with content or enhance with unique embellishments as time allows. All experience levels welcome.
Please Note: This workshops requires a minimum of 6 participants.
Each person will need to bring:
- a bone folder
- a metal ruler, 12" or longer; preferably, also an acrylic triangle
- a large glue stick
- a pencil
- an Exacto or utility knife; please bring at least 2 extra blades
- 4–5 sheets (19" x 25") of Canson Mi-Teintes paper; this paper will be used for the supporting structure and flags
- 2–3 sheets from a 12" x 18" pad of Strathmore heavyweight art paper (smooth or textured paper would be okay) or heavy, fairly stiff handmade paper; this will be used for the book covers
- 12 paper rectangles, each 1½" x 4"; these can be different papers, or they can all be cut from a single sheet of paper (e.g., your own artwork, other decorated paper, a map); the content on both sides of each rectangle will be at least partially visible; if you cut these from different papers, select papers similar in weight and stiffness; these will be flags for one of your books
Optional supplies—suggested as very helpful
- 8½" x 11" or larger artwork of your own that you wouldn't mind folding or cutting; heavyweight watercolor pieces would be fine, as would lighter pieces; in the workshop we'll discuss your use of these for either the central form or the flags; please note that the content on both sides of the paper, whether for the central form or the flags, will be at least partially visible
- memorabilia such as postcards (ones you could cut up into a chosen size) or ticket stubs of a single size; for a given book, we'll be working with flags of the same size, but we'll be varying the flag size from one book to the next
- colored pencils or pens, watercolors, rubber stamps, or other quick-drying media for adding simple designs to your books
- for experimenting with flags, virtually any content-filled papers you'd like to recycle creatively or blank paper you'd like to have available for quickly executed design ideas (e.g., sheets of drawing paper or printer/copier papers); colors or subtle textures would be fine
- small pieces of unusual papers (origami, unryu, chiyogami, etc.) for possible interior and exterior collaging
- a roll of waxed paper
- a small roll of double-stick tape
- 1–2 yards of linen thread (either unwaxed or waxed) or heavyweight cotton crochet thread OR that amount of narrow ribbon for closures
- 2 sewing needles with eyes large enough to accommodate your selected thread; sharp-tipped needles suggested
- 2–3 buttons for possible closures
About the instructor
Beginning her studies at Penland School of Crafts, Sharon Sharp completed her first 8-week book-arts and papermaking concentration in 2002. Since then, she has become increasingly captivated by nontraditional book forms that incorporate widely varying features such as origami folds, tunnels, pop-ups, and envelopes.She specializes in designing and creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition artist’s books.
Studying with renowned book artists and continuing to hone her skillset by completing intensive workshops, Sharp has taught bookmaking at the Florence Thomas Memorial Art School (Glendale Springs, NC), among other places and has completed A+ Schools Teaching Artists training.
Sharon Sharp’s works are represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers which are held in corporate and private collections, as well as in the special-collections libraries of Denison University, the University of Vermont and the Savannah College of Art & Design’s Savannah campus. One of her books appears in 500 Handmade Books; and numerous others have been exhibited regionally and nationally, and The Jones House Community Center in Boone hosted a solo exhibition of her works in 2011.