Bookforms in Hyperspace

Fibonacci Hyperball, inkjet print on paper
Fibonacci Hyperball, courtesy of artist Susan Happersett
Chaos Hyperbolic, Susan Happersett
Esther Smith holding her book How to Make Books
Esther Smith holding her book How to Make Books
The top of Susan Happersett in front of one of her pieces.
The top of Susan Happersett in front of one of her pieces.

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Sat, March 20th, 1:00–3:00pm ET

Join artists, Esther K. Smith and Susan Happersett, in this two-hour workshop where students will be introduced to the math concept of Hyperbolic space. Students will experiment with hyperbolic forms such as expanded circle and hyper-ball and by the end of this class will have created their own hyperbolic 3-D forms and a paper box structure for safe keeping. Examples of Purgatory Pie Press collaborations with Susan Happersett will be shown.

Required Materials:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Straight edge, ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Light card stock, i.e. 90 lb all media paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Preferred drawing materials (i.e. color pencil, pens, markers, stamps + stamp pad, etc.)
  • Clips: small binder clips, small bull dog clips &/or spring clothespins
  • Weights: can be heavy books, wrapped bricks, wooden cutting board, etc.
  • Adhesives: glue stick, double stick tape, or PVA + brush (recommended 3M double tack 2-sided adhesive sheets)
  • Reading: Magic Books & Paper Toys by Esther K Smith

Templates will be provided to students before the class.


About the Instructors

ESTHER K SMITH is the author of HOW TO MAKE BOOKSMaking Books with KidsMagic Books & Paper Toys, and editor of the Rizzoli reprint of WH Page’s Specimens of CHROMATIC WOOD TYPE, Borders &c. Artistic Director at Purgatory Pie Press, Esther K Smith makes collaborative limited editions with letterpress printer Dikko Faust, Susan Happersett and other artists & writers. Purgatory Pie Press works are in public and private collections throughout the world including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt, London’s V&A, and Tate Modern Museum.

SUSAN HAPPERSETT makes drawings, paintings, books and videos based on mathematical formulas, patterns and concepts. The field of set theory has been a continuing inspiration to her. Susan holds graduate degrees in both Mathematics and Art. Her work expresses the beauty she finds in Mathematics, through the exploration of algorithms, geometry and number sequences. She has been collaborating with Purgatory Pie Press for over 20 years to publish artist’s books that contain series of her drawings. Susan has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (JMA) called “Artists Viewpoints” that features artist’s statements from over 50 artists whose work as Mathematical connections.Susan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the collection of major museums and libraries, including MOMA, the Getty Museum, Tate Gallery and San Francisco MOMA.You can find more about her work at Susan also blogs about math art at

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. This class has a minimum registration fee of $40.

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