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5 Days
All Levels
$10 Supply Fee

Instructor Bio

Elsi Vassdal Ellis has been a practicing book artist for over 30 years. She established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; letterpress in 1990; and digital in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is housed in many public and private collections. Since 1983 she has produced over 133 editions and 127 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. She retired June 2017 having taught design production and book arts at Western Washington University for 40 years.

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Class Description

Workshop participants will experiment with and create a portfolio of simple book and bookish techniques and structures. Their features will be examined in relation to the presentation of content. Several ideation techniques will be explored to generate content. The experiences will be combined and applied to the creation of a book as a unique book or study.

Supply List

Notebook (optional for taking notes)
X-acto knife with extra blades or snap-off knife
Cutting mat
Rulers of different widths
Bone folder and/or Teflon folder, scoring folder
Glue stick and double-coated tape
PVA with glue brush
Any other favorite bookbinding tools
Tools for mark-making, drawing, or rubber stamping such as watercolor pencils, pen and ink, photos for collage, rubber stamps, inkpads, etc.


Japanese hole punch with 1.5 mm & 3.0 mm bits OR eyelet punch with 1/16″ & 1/8″ bits
Paper punches
Rubber stamps & ink
Scoring board
Favorite papers

The $10 supply fee includes instruction sheets/digital files that may be copied onto thumb/flash drive, papers and boards needed for models and dummies, book cloth, thread, and a limited selection of art tools and supplies (rubberstamps, stamp pads, colored pencils).


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Class Catalog

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