Glue-stick / Duck Tape / Staples

Depicted is Duck Tape, a UHU glue stick, and examples of books made in class.
Scott McCarney looks at you from the other side of his workbench
Scott McCarney headshot

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Thurs, June 24th, 10a–12pm ET
  • Thurs, July 1st, 10a–12pm ET

In the first workshop session, Scott will show examples of books that utilize common yet unusual supplies for book binding that illustrate how humble tools, techniques and materials can directly reflect the concept and even become the content of an artists book. Scott will also demonstrate how to make a concertina album, a simple yet elegant lay-flat book that is his go-to glue-stick binding. Two ways of folding a concertina will be demonstrated.

In the second workshop session, Scott will demonstrate a drummed board cover for the concertina album and introduce a woven-tape binding, another lay-flat structure with potent possibilities for artists books.

Required Materials:

  • 10 sheets of text weight paper measuring 3.5 x 8.5 inches (20 or 24 lb. copy paper works)
  • 8 sheets of cover weight paper measuring 3.5 x 8.5 inches (60 – 80 lb. is good)
  • 2 sheets of cover weight paper measuring 3.5 x 9 inches (60 – 80 lb. is good)
  • 8 – 10 sheets of cover weight paper measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches (60 – 80 lb. is good)
  • 2 pieces of cardboard measuring 3.5 x 4.25 inches (cereal box is good)
  • 8 – 10 pieces of cardboard measuring 4.25 x 5.5 inches (cereal box is good)
  • 2 sheets of decorative or contrasting paper measuring 4.5 x 5.25 inches
  • 2 sheets of decorative or contrasting paper measuring 3.25 x 4 inches
  • Bone folder
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • UHU glue stick
  • Stapler
  • Duck tape

About the Instructor

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His bookworks can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Baku, Azerbaijan) as well as closer to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He recently concluded 16 years of teaching in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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