The World of Boxes

Barbara Mauriello, "Women of the Bible"
cube shaped red box
Kimono Book (1983) Barbara Mauriello

Event Info

Course Code: 24MBM001I

This five-day, in-person workshop takes place at Center for Book Arts, Monday through Friday, August 5th to 9th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Monday, August 5th, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 6th, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, August 8th, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Friday, August 9th, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Monday, July 22 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Barbara Mauriello.

Boxmaking is a thrilling expedition into architecture. By building a handful of basic units, joined in varied and interesting ways, we will construct housing for books, ephemera, and small objects. The principles of boxmaking — how to measure, cut, cover, assemble — will be explained and practiced starting on our first morning together. After an initial couple of projects designed by me, participants will make boxes in answer to the question:”What type of box does this object need?”

Participants will learn how to evaluate books and small objects for the proper box: the box as storage container, display case, protective enclosure. They will learn about the properties of materials (paper, board, cloth, adhesives) and how these materials interact with each other. Measuring and cutting materials, for both single boxes and editions, are two skills which will be developed during this workshop.

About Barbara Mauriello

As an artist and proprietor of a bookbinding studio, Barbara Mauriello has spent over four decades making artists’ books, teaching bookbinding, and collaborating with visual artists and writers in producing limited editions of their work in the book format.

Her faculty positions include several New York institutions: Center For Book Arts; the School of Visual Arts; the International Center of Photography; Bank Street College, Graduate School of Education; and SUNY, Purchase. In addition, between 1990 and 2020, Mauriello taught in the MFA program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.

All images courtesy of the instructor. 

Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on July 22 at 11:59pm. Tuition for this course is $875 + a $50 materials fee.

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