BOX IT: Make Your Own Storage Enclosures

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Thu, Feb 4, 2–4pm ET
  • Thu, Feb 11, 2–4pm ET

BOX IT is all about creating custom storage solutions for your accumulating artwork. The workshop will offer step-by-step demos and guidance in building portfolios, enclosures, and storage boxes. Inspired by our current pandemic-era limitations we will focus on home-friendly materials, tools, and processes. A primarily technical approach will give way to adaptation and variation. Soon your stacks of prints, drawings, documents, and artist book ephemera will have a proper home!


Required materials:

In addition to the following supplies, be sure to have a stack of prints/drawings/blank paper and a book to build some of your enclosures around.For portfolio:

  • Housing flat artwork 8.5 x 11”
  • Bristol board
  • Archival Bristol Board (10 pt or 20 pt)
  • OR any cover weight or cardstock paper (minimum: 16” x 22″)

For dimensional enclosure:

  • Housing a small/medium sized book of your choice
  • Bristol board
  • Archival Bristol Board (10 pt or 20 pt)
  • and/or any cover weight paper (minimum: 1 sheet of 20 x 30”)
  • (Specifically, you will need two strips, one the width of your book with 3x the height, the other the height of your book with 3.5x the width. We will go over these measurements together during the workshop though.)
  • Preferred adhesive: Double-sided tape, preferably 3M 415
  • Alternatives: glue stick or PVA glue

For storage box:

General tools:

  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Sharp blade (olfa/exacto)
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Metal triangle
  • Bookbinding awl or pin

Optional: Students are welcome to bring specific items (a stack of prints, notebooks, etc.) to build custom enclosures for.

Note: The archival materials are more expensive and are not necessary for learning the enclosures. Alternative materials are listed.


About the Instructor

Milcah Bassel is a multidisciplinary artist raised in Israel and based in Jersey City. Her work is an experiential investigation of body-space relations incorporating installation, performance, drawing, and other media. She has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Newark Museum, Zimmerli Art Museum, Soho20 Gallery, Pulse, EAB, Untitled, and Select art fairs, amongst others. Bassel earned a Post-Baccalaureate in Studio Art from Brandeis University and an MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University. She is the recipient of a Brodsky Center residency and NEA grant (2014), Hadassah-Brandeis Institute residency (2015), Guttenberg Arts STAR residency (2017), Bronx Museum AIM fellowship (2017), Center for Book Arts workspace residency (2018), and was recently awarded a 2019 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. Bassel is a part-time lecturer at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and at SUNY Purchase College.

Top image: detail of Milcah Bassel’s storage boxes. 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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