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Magic Boxes and Secret Compartments

June 9 - 14, 2024

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder  ·  kerischroeder.com


Workshop at a glance

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN A WAITLIST FOR THE CLASS YOU MAY DO SO BELOW.

Uncover the mystifying secrets of magic tricks boxes, hidden compartments, and optical paper toys.

Techniques

  • Traditional bookbinding skills
  • Building boxes from bookboard and paper
  • Covering three-dimensional structures with bookcloth
  • Embedding magnets for box enclosures
  • Build nesting trays and drawers

Materials

  • Bookboard
  • Bookcloth
  • Decorative paper
  • PVA adhesive

Outcomes

  • Bookbinding and box-making techniques
  • An understanding of traditional bookbinding materials and tools
  • A set of box models with various compartments and enclosures

Artist Bio

Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder is a book artist, educator, and proprietor of Coyote Bones Press based in San Antonio, Texas. Schroeder holds an MFA in Book Art & Creative Writing from Mills College, and a BA in Art History from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has worked as a studio assistant at Flying Fish Press, as an edition bookbinder at BookLab II, and currently serves on the board for the Austin Book Arts Center. Schroeder was the Artist in Residence for Jaffe Center for Book Arts in 2019-2020, and winner of the 2022 MCBA Prize. In 2023, Schroeder was the selected speaker for the Charles W. Mann Lecture in the Book Arts at Penn State University, and recipient of the 2023 Center for Craft Teaching Artist Cohort Grant. Schroeder’s work is held in many prominent collections including Stanford, Harvard, RISD, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

  • Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
  • Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
  • Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
  • Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
  • Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will use bookbinding techniques and materials to create boxes with hidden compartments, multiple openings, and unusual enclosures. Students will learn how to accurately plan, measure, hand-cut, and assemble boxes using bookboard, paper, and bookcloth. In this workshop, students will expand upon basic cartonnage methods by installing ambidextrous openings, hidden drawers and compartments, and embedded magnets. Many of these structures have historically been used for magic tricks or folk toys, such as the magic wallet or Jacob’s Ladder. Using archival materials and traditional bookbinding techniques, students will elevate these boxes for use as decorative book enclosures, keepsake containers, or refined artist’s books.

COURSE FEE: $690



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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.


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