BOX IT: Make Your Own Storage Enclosures, Online Class with Milcah Bassel

In this two-session workshop, instructor and artist Milcah Bassel will demonstrate how to create custom storage enclosures for artwork.

This class takes place across two sessions:

Thursday, December 10, 1-3pm EDT

Thursday, December 17, 1-3pm EDT

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!

Students should have the following 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 (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 (10pt 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:

housing a stack of works-on-paper/books/3D objects

– archival corrugated board (single ply)

OR standard corrugated cardboard (single ply)

minimum: 3 sheets of 16 x 20”

– adhesives: PVA OR Jade OR any white glue

General tools:

– self-healing cutting mat

– sharp blade (olfa/exacto)

– bone folder

– pencil

– ruler

– metal triangle

– bookbinding awl or pin


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

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.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.