Power Stitching: The Embroidered Cover

Instructor Miriam Schaer

Saturday & Sunday January 25 & 26, 2020
10 AM to 4 PM each day
Jaffe Book Arts Gallery, FAU Library

In this workshop you will be taught the fundamentals ­­of dynamic hand-embroidered covers, infusing a traditional form with new meaning. Students will learn a number of embroidery stitches they can use to beautify and dramatize their book covers, and will bind at least one book in an exposed spine style. You’ll learn how to back fabrics, including velvet, so those fabrics can be turned into book cloth. Other ways of incorporating fabrics into book structures will be discussed. We will examine images of historic embroidered bindings, from the thirteenth-century "Felbrigge Psalter" to examples by contemporary artists using embroidery in both artists' books and related art forms. Previous experience is helpful but not necessary.

$250 General Public / $230 FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions / $210 FAU Students

Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.

One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($55) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through January 10, 2020.

Instructor Miriam Schaer <http://miriamschaer.com> is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has earned a NYFA Fellowship and her work about societal bias against childless women, "Baby (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?", has been exhibited by the International Museum of Women. She was U.S. Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Georgia in 2017. Her work is collected by book arts centers across the country, including the Jaffe Collection, which holds her work “Book of Common Prayer."

Sunday, January 26 at 10:00am to 4:00pm

S. E. Wimberly Library, Jaffe Center for Book Arts Room 350
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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