Travel Journals

Event Info

This two week virtual workshop takes place at Zoom on May 17 and 24, from 1–3:30pm.

  • Wednesday, May 17, 1–3:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 24, 1-3:30pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Wednseday, May 10, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Susan Share.

Create a series of soft-cover travel journals with paper covers for writing, drawing, collage, etc., and several compartments for tucking away collected items. We’ll learn basic folding and sewing techniques as we make pocket-sized books, perfect for walks or hikes, and a larger one for when you are settled in with time to reflect.

Students will learn several variations on pamphlet binding and 3 or 4 ways to score and fold soft-cover books. These journals travel especially well as they are light weight and easy to pack. We’ll have fun making pockets, folders and a collapsible origami box. Paper selections, closures, and decorative cover elements give students an opportunity add their personal touch. Making a travel journal is a great way to prepare for and get excited about a trip.

The class will include several cover styles and time to personalize your books with designs and closures. We’ll look at a selection of artists’ travel journals and talk about custom sizes and content. Whether journeying near or far or keeping a journal at home, we’ll make a book you’ll want to keep close at hand.

Required Materials:

All books for this class can be made with 8.5” x 11” and 11” x 17” text and card weight
papers. If you have a color selection, decorative or repurposed papers for textblocks,
endsheets or covers, bring them along. We will make books A, B & C in Session 1 on May 17 and Book D in Session 2 on May 24
Tools and supplies
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife and cutting mat
  • Metal ruler or triangle
  • Punching awl, “T” pin or long push pin
  • Clips – a few large paper clips, binder’s clips or clothes pins
  • Needle and linen thread or other strong thread as carpet weight sewing thread
  • Small glue brush
  • Glue stick
  • PVA adhesive
  • Wax paper or baking parchment
  • Book cloth scraps or decorative paper for small book covers
  • Scrap paper for gluing
Collage material, photos, colored pencil, rubber stamps, markers, etc.
More detailed materials lists will be provided in the confirmation email sent upon registration. 

About Susan Joy Share

Susan Joy Share is a visual artist, bookbinder, and performer. Her passion for the book form, its structural variations, materials, and movement potential blends with her interest in sculpture, painting, sewing, and collage. Susan creates an array of wearable books, figures, and architectural forms. Her innovative performances with foldout sculptures connect the book with the human body.
Susan worked in book conservation at The Brooklyn Museum, The N.Y. Historical Society and the Metropolitan Museum. Teaching includes: Center for Book Arts, NYC; Penland School of Crafts, NC; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME; Univ. of Alaska Anchorage.
Her work is in collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Jaffe Center and Anchorage Museum. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska.

All images courtesy of the instructor. 

The registration fee for this class is $105. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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