This course is an introduction to the art of the book: a significant format for the expression of information and creativity. Bookbinding has a long history in Europe and a particularly rich history in Rome. Students will engage first hand with the historical tradition and contemporary possibilities of this craft. The course will cover traditional binding techniques including folded, sewn, and adhesive structures, as well as custom portfolio design. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing the unique format of the hand-bound book to engage with students' visual and psychological experience of Rome. Course projects will incorporate a range of media including drawing, photography, collage, graphic design and printmaking in the execution of both traditional and modern book structures. Each project will provide an opportunity for students to plan and execute unique book designs reflecting their personal Roman experience.
This course is crosslisted with Art 2703