The Artist’s Book: text & image – R1111-18

Date: Aug 13 - 17, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to IV i

Instructor(s): Karen Kunc

Tuition: $985
Studio Fee: $125
Registration Fee: $45


Turn your printmaking craft into an open book. This hands-on workshop is open to everyone from amateur printmakers to advanced artists who enjoy working with their hands, using tools, testing materials, and being open to evolutionary developments as materials come together. We discover the sequence of printing text and images to compiling them into a unique book form. We also explore the book as an edition and as a unique object, while image making and found sources are translated into meaningful sequences. We use low- tech methods such as woodblocks, monotypes and collagraphs for text and imagery. Concepts for invention and multi-level sensory experience are directed in a collaborative atmosphere.

Media & Techniques:

We use low-tech methods for text printing, including rubber stamping, carving in reverse onto wood, pasting type down onto a collagraph plate, using old wood type and a portable proof press. We then bring it all together in a bound or accordion folded book. Both oil-based and water-based inks are used.


We introduce successive demonstrations of printing and plate making during large blocks of creative time. Mid-workshop, we shift into step-by-step directed bookbinding of specific structures to develop skills and bring projects to completion. The instructor offers image lectures, individual sketch reviews, consultation, ongoing technical assistance and group discussions.


Karen Kunc explores ideas of strange beauty as colorful abstractions in her prints and artist books. She teaches at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, exhibits her work internationally, and has taught workshops in Egypt, Italy, Bangladesh, Poland, Japan, Finland and the U.S. Karen is the founder of Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Neb.


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