Events and Workshops

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Maria G Pisano Exhibit

Maria G Pisano’s article “Mark To Impress” was just published in The California Printmaker’s Journal of The California Society of Printmakers 2018, The New Print: Marriage of Technology and Tradition. The article focuses on two recent books, published by Memory Press, Colors of Memory and Caudex Folium. Both works use the new media of laser cut wood and plexiglass plates alongside collagraphs and stencil plates to actualize the text and designs of the pages. To read more about these books please visit web site:

To read, download a free digital copy or purchase magazine visit:

Memory Press was invited to exhibit three artist books in “Ensemble: Inspiration and the Artist’s Book” – June- August 2018 - Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, Wyoming.Here’s a link to the exhibit on Facebook

Upcoming Workshops at the University of Utah Book Arts Program, Salt Lake City

Photopolymer Intaglio Printing
Mare Blocker

June 29 & 30 
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$205, register online:

Throughout this two-day printmaking exploration, Blocker unveils methods for making images on transparencies and presents strategies for photopolymer intaglio printing and registration. Using black or tonal artwork on clear transparencies, participants expose and develop light-sensitive photopolymer plates. By hand-wiping the plates, participants create original intaglio prints using an etching press. This method is suitable for recreating an impression of a photographic image, rather than a highly detailed version, and is ideal for those who want to reduce toxic materials in their studios. Discussion topics include ink, paper, and dampening choices.

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Mare Blocker has been making limited edition and unique books and prints, since 1977 and established the MKimberly Press in 1984 when she bought her first Vandercook 219. Her work can be found in over 85 public collections and museums including the Museum of Women in the Arts, The Victoria and Albert, The University of Washington Special Collections, and The Library of Congress. Blocker is the President of the Book Arts Guild, a regional organization for book artists and enthusiasts. Blocker grew up in the Space Needle's shadow in the Fun Forest, where her artist grandfather sold his screen-printed ephemeral works and paintings. Her first job, at five, was painting trees in her grandfather's landscapes. Blocker has an MFA from the University of Idaho and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Leather Binding Fundamentals 
Allison Milham & Emily Tipps

July 28 
Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$125, register online:

Begin the day with a pre-sewn text block and leave with the skills to complete a quarter-leather case binding! This workshop focuses on basic leather edge-paring with a knife and fundamental skills for working with paste and leather. Participants have the opportunity to play with blind tooling on sample maquettes and to pare leather scraps on a Scharf-fix. Depending on individual work flow, some participants may complete the binding during the workshop and others may complete the work at home with provided materials, handouts, and a day of practice.

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Let's Get Digital on the Letterpress 
Crane Giamo, Marnie Powers-Torrey & Amy Thompson

September 7
Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 & Saturday, 9:00–5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, Level 4

$155, register online:

Skip the typesetting, bypass the carving, and get digital with current design software and photopolymer plates to letterpress print digitally designed text, illustrations, or halftone images. Come with a text or image and spend the first part of the day in a Marriott Library computer lab learning to create the digital files required for conversion into film negatives. Then, in the afternoon, use these negatives to make a photopolymer plate to print on the letterpress. Meld old and new technologies and depart with a group portfolio of print samples. All levels are welcome— instructors help participants match skill level with appropriate project plans.

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Book as Archive & Enclosure 
Alicia Bailey
Co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter 
of the Guild of Book Workers

October 26 & 27 
Friday & Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library

$185, register online:

Regarding bookwork as interactive sculptural objects, Bailey has developed various ways of adapting traditional binding and structures to create books designed to hold dimensional objects. In this workshop, participants create two books to showcase and house both dimensional objects and flat artifacts. With great flexibility at the spine and sturdy, rigid pages, these books work well when handled or displayed as traditional book forms or as sculptural objects. Bring personal images and artifacts to build enclosures that are sculptural narratives or archives of memory.

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Summer and fall workshop registration is now open at the Book Arts Program in the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah! We’ll host close to twenty community offerings in book arts this year, including half-day, weekend, and multi-session workshops, as well as drop-in sessions and guest artist lectures. 

Please visit our website for a complete listing of workshops including instructor bios, class fees, and links to sign up:

For questions or additional information, please contact
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We look forward to a great year of community programming and we hope you’ll be able to join us for a class!

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