The Flag Book: A Travel Quest

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on March 27, 2024 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on March 20th, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual workshop is taught by CBA instructor Maria G. Pisano.

The flag book is a very exciting form, originally created by Hedi Kyle, where layered pages crisscross each other when opening and closing, making the book a living, moving, interactive entity. The flags’ wonderful movement allows for multiple images and content.

Each student will design a 3-dimensional book by using diverse collages, photos, etc. to create their own designs for the pages and the covers. In this workshop, we will be using maps, ticket stubs, ephemera, etc. from places you have visited, experienced, or dreamt about in your imagination. Thoughtful discussion of how to best incorporate this self-generated content with the structure of the book will also occur. If you like books and like to travel, this workshop is perfect for you!
Fun Fact: This structure can be enjoyed in a linear fashion, page by page, or it can reveal the entire story at one time; this experience is different almost every time the book is opened.


Required Materials:

  • Materials
    • 20 Images
    • Cover weight/ card stock paper
    • Travel ephemera
  • Tools
    • Cutting mat
    • Exacto or small snap blade knife
    • Bone folder or popsicle sticks
    • Glue stick or double sided tape
    • Colored pencils (optional)
    • Stamp pads (optional)
    • Sponges (optional)

More detailed materials lists will be provided in the email sent upon registration.

About Maria G Pisano

Maria G. Pisano (she/her) is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator. Her Memory Press works are represented in the Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University, and many more. Ms. Pisano has exhibited widely—including a solo exhibition titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper. Over the years she has curated a number of exhibitions at Center for Book Arts in NYC, such as Book as Witness: The Artist’s Response. In 2021 she curated Crossroads at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in New Jersey. Ms. Pisano contributes to book arts publications and has presented lectures at the Library of Congress, College Book Arts Association, and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Her article Mark To Impress was published in the California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal as well as in 2019 in The Blue Notebook in the UK. She continuously teaches workshops nationally and internationally at venues including the Bridwell Library in Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, and Center for Book Arts in NYC.

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. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be viewable for up to 30 days after the class.

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