Valerie Carrigan makes prints and artist books under the imprint Messenger Press. Through monotype, relief and letterpress printing, she explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Her artist books are in prominent collections across the U. S. including the Smith College Book Arts Collection, University of Vermont Arts of the Book Collection, and University of Denver Special Collections among others. Valerie was recently the Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine, where she completed a limited edition artist book to be debuted in the winter of 2016. Valerie holds an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts and an M.ED from Western Washington University. She maintains an art studio in a renovated historic mill in North Adams, MA.
We will focus on book structures that lend themselves to the presentation of two-dimensional imagery such as photographs, prints, and paintings. We will make a series of book models including the pivoting panel book and flag book, originated by Hedi Kyle, and variations on the accordion book. All book structures introduced may be opened in the traditional way – page-by-page, or extended for a more sculptural view.
After completing our models, we will spend the remainder of the week creating and sequencing imagery and/or text for the content of our books. Simple letterpress techniques will be discussed and utilized. Participants will be encouraged to pursue the medium of their choice in these book forms.
This workshop is ideal for photographers, painters, printmakers, collage artists – anyone who wants to present imagery in the form of an artist book. No experience necessary, and those with prior experience will have the chance to add to their repertoire of creative book forms.