The Society for Calligraphy & Handwriting (SCH) holds workshops twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring. View our resources page for a suggested basic kit to bring. Additional items to bring specific to the workshop will be listed in each workshop description or given after registration.

Fall 2017 Workshop: “Moving Steps Book” with Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Date: November 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Trinity Baptist Church, Renton, WA

Elsi Vassdal Ellis BookThe Moving Steps book structure comes from a direct mail solution for an HP promotion. Each section of the book is scored and folded at the center to form a spine panel. Each section is glued to a cover along the spine panel with panel edges butted to panel edges. As the book opens, the pages appear suspended from the spine panel. When fully opened, the stepped or indexing effect becomes visible. The indexing width is equal to the width of the spine panel. In this workshop, we will examine through model-making the impact of paper weight, page width, and grain direction. We will also explore various creative options.

Elsi Vassdal Ellis has been a practicing book artist for over 30 years. She established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; letterpress in 1990; and digital in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is housed in many public and private collections. Since 1983 she has produced over 133 editions and 127 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials.

Elsi’s work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. She retired June 2017 having taught design production and book arts at Western Washington University for 40 years.

See the Elsi Vassdal Ellis Workshop Flyer for registration information and workshop cancellation policy.