Handbook of Elements

The earth offers tactile and durable materials for use in artistic expression. Metal and gypsum, both earth elements, are combined in this stout little book comprised of solder-flooded metal covers and plaster pages. In this project-focused workshop, students will learn how to transform and build up sheet metal, adding vintage and found elements to the cover of the book using basic metal-smithing techniques and materials.

Students will also learn the nuances of plaster and various plaster-like products to create pages and unexpected journal surfaces to stockpile between the palm-sized metal covers. Various ways to combine paper and plaster pages for writing, painting and collage surfaces as well as knotting and binding techniques will also be taught. Each student can expect to take home a completed or very nearly complete blank journal home with them at the end of class day.