Make Your Mark: Printing a Flexagon Book

Event Info

This one-day, virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Thursday, October 6, from 1:00 pm—4:00 pm.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1:00pm—4:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on September 28, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Maria G. Pisano. 

How does one print without a press and still create images for one’s own artistic practices? This class will explore various ways of image making via the use of hand cut stencils, natural and found objects, designing and creating one’s own stamps, and more. Subsequently, using a variety of methods, hand print them and create your very own Flexagon book; a wonderful structure that spring to life when opened.

The numerous image-making possibilities inherent in these methods can all be created in your home studio or apartment, be it used for a unique piece or for editioned work. Class discussion will center on the versatility and multi-use of these unique methods and designs.

This workshop is designed for teachers, writers, artists and anyone who loves to create a richer and expansive vocabulary for their work.

Required Materials:

  • 20 squares of text weight paper cut to 5.5″ x 5.5″ squares – 10 one color and 10 a second color – use only pale colors 
  • cut 25 sheets of white Xerox paper 5.5″ x 5.5″ squares
  • 2 sheets of any color cover weight paper (65lb) cut to 2.75″ x 2.75″ squares
  • 2 pieces of 1/8″ wide ribbon, each cut to 10″ long
  • small scissors
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • exacto or snap-blade knife
  • double-sided tape or glue stick
  • bone folder
  • self-healing mat
  • 1 file folder
  • stamp pads: 3-5 colors – 6-8 triangular make-up sponges
  • Assorted color art sticks/ magic markers/ colored pencils
  • Staedtler Mars white plastic erasers to create your own stamp designs – 2- 4
  • Found textures around your home/studio –Examples: fruit packaging nets, corks, fresh and dried leaves, the edges of a perforated notebook, a metal or plastic triangle with shapes cut into it, etc.
  • Lots of waste paper to use as backing not to get your work surface dirty

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.

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.

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