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ART 185 — Artist Bookmaking: Materials, Methods, and Meaning

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 10—Feb 14
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Shirin Towfiq
Limit: 24
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Jan 10—Feb 14
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 12
1 Unit
Shirin Towfiq
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course explores contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object. Students will develop a strong working knowledge of the tools and materials used in contemporary bookbinding while learning how to integrate structure with content in the development of their own original artist’s book. They will learn how to think about books in a conceptual way and as a medium for artists.

The course will teach bookbinding techniques and review various forms of what the artist’s book can look like and what it has meant throughout art history. There will be lectures on different styles, movements, and artists like Yoko Ono, Enrique Chagoya, Golnar Adili, Sol LeWitt, punk and DIY culture, Fluxus, and more. Students will work on projects from the simple zine to the accordion book, stab binding, Coptic stitching, the sculptural book, and decorative covers, as well as their own creative final project. By the end of this course, students will have completed their projects, and there will be a final critique.

This course is open to students of all levels, and no previous experience in making books is required. Students must purchase their own bookmaking supplies for this course and can expect to spend approximately $60 for these materials.

Artist; Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford

Shirin Towfiq is a conceptual artist who works in textiles, photography, installation, and performance. Her work addresses cultural, communicative, and interpersonal relationships. Towfiq recontextualizes commonly held ideas surrounding family, memory, comfort, and self-constructed identity. She received an MFA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.