At the Ballinglen Arts Foundation


SEPTEMBER 2 to 10, 2016

Join Alice for a weeklong book arts workshopo on the wild west coast of Ireland!



In this artist book workshop, the class will create a variety of book structures, emphasizing the sculptural possibilities of the book. We will start by making paste papers (painted decorative papers) to use as covers for a paper-bound journal. We will continue with the woven flexagon, the flower fold (or endless origami), and then move on to the map fold, with variations on all these forms. The panorama concertina, an accordion book with cut floating panels will be the final book. Short writing exercises will help to create content for our books. To add imagery, we will carve our own rubber stamps, learn line transfer drawing, and create mono prints. Each participant will have the opportunity to discuss their artist books as needed and will leave with the knowledge and techniques to create many more.


All skill levels welcome - no bookbinding experience necessary.


Registration begins on 1st January 2016, first come, first serve basis.


COST: $1,700. The fee covers tuition, accommodation, use of the Ballinglen facilities and studios.

INCLUDED: Lunch, dinner, dessert, tea, coffee provided for the seven days of the workshop. Food is all home cooked by Mary's Cottage Kitchen each day and delivered to the Foundation.

Day trips will also be planned.

GETTING THERE: The nearest city is Ballina, 30 minutes by car. Pickup from the Ballina bus or train station can be arranged.

Bus service runs from the Dublin Airport directly to Ballina 4x a day, approx. €11.4, takes 5-6 hours. Go to the web site for details (Direct on route 22).

Rail service from Dublin center to Ballina runs 4x a day, approximately €36 one-way, with one change takes 5-6 hours. More info»

The Ireland West airport in Knock, about an hour away by car, hosts flights by Ryanair, Aer Lingus and FlyBe to various European destinations. See the Knock airport web site for details»


To sign up, contact:

Úna Forde, Managing Director,
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Main Street, Ballycastle, Co Mayo

+353 (0) 96 43184


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