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March 4, 2024 6:00–8:00 pm
Duke Arts Annex
Triangle Book Arts

Curious about Book Arts: Learn simple techniques to get you started

Partnership with Publishing Humanities Initiative, Franklin Humanities Institute

Taught by Sarah Ann Austin, Paul Keene, Janet Guertin, and the Triangle Book Arts Leaders (Betty Haskin, Sylvia K. Miller, and Helen Spielman)

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About the Workshop

You are invited to learn about the rich variety of techniques and crafts that constitute the book arts by making projects at four stations at your own pace. With Sarah Ann Austin, you will learn to make paper from cotton rag and Abaca fibers. With Janet Guertin, you will learn a map fold and incorporate it into an accordion book. With Paul Keene, you will learn to sew a single-section binding with your choice of a variety of types of pamphlet stitches and put it in a cover to make an attractive book with decorative paper. Paul will also teach participants how to make a radial hinge/volvelle if there’s time. At the fourth table, you can fold a zine two different ways, see examples of a variety of book art, and talk to the leaders of the local volunteer organization Triangle Book Arts. You will come away with some cool things you have made and lots of ideas for your own handmade publishing.

This is a community workshop open to all.

About the Instructor

Paul Keene is a Durham-based independent book artist. He is interested in folded and sewn book structures and making collages incorporating hand-carved stamps.


About the Instructor

Janet Guertin is a Cary-based independent graphic designer and book artist. She values craft, a commitment to thoughtful design, collaboration, and fostering human connection through her work.

About the Instructor

Sarah Ann Austin MFA, is a Raleigh-based mixed media artist who prints historical photographs on her hand-crafted cotton rag, abaca, and kozo papers. She uses traditional crafts to create paper, prints, brushes, installations, and art objects that capture the depth and many uses of natural resources. Her work exemplifies the complex relationships between craft culture and fine art through process and concept conversations.

About the Instructor

At the Triangle Book Arts (TBA) table:

Betty Haskin, co-leader of TBA, is an independent book artist and painter in Chapel Hill. @bettyhaskinart

Sylvia K. Miller, co-leader of TBA, works for Duke’s John Hope Humanities Institute. In her Chapel Hill studio she enjoys writing poetry and combining it with her collages in book structures. @archespublishing

Helen Spielman, co-leader of TBA, enjoys creating artist books in her Chapel Hill studio and volunteers for criminal justice.


About the Location

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This workshop will meet in the Duke Arts Annex: get directions.

Address: 404 Gattis St, Durham, NC 27701

About Duke Arts Create

Duke Arts Create is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help all Duke students, including graduate and professional students (including Duke Health), as well as Duke faculty and staff develop a variety of creative skills in the visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and more. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most workshops are held in the Duke Arts Annex, the Rubenstein Arts Center or the Duke Arts Office 2101 and are typically held weeknights from 6-8 p.m.

Registration for the following week’s workshops go live on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot. Didn’t get a spot? No problem! We always reserve space for walk-ins. Email if you have any questions. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here, which includes the full list of classes offered during the following month.

Duke Arts Create is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (Duke Arts).