In this exciting time of print-on-demand, self-publishing, DIY and the immediacy of digital reproduction, the "book" and its traditional print production roots are in the midst of an evolutionary media renaissance. Readership and audience accessibility is only a push-button or click away, but what about the story contained within? How does this immediacy and the availability of contemporary distribution channels affect story? Can story affect it back? This course will ask new and aspiring storytellers the very simple questions: "What is a book?" and "How does story shape the page?" Students will address these questions and more through the exploration of traditional as well as experimental bookbinding techniques, and will be charged with the task of reconsidering just what a book can be. Utilizing the Risograph and traditional binding materials, students will explore new approaches to their own written stories and how their narratives might inform the finished book's format. Every book will be judged by its cover! By the course's conclusion, students will have constructed a series of books that explore traditional practices, experimental processes and sculptural media in the effort to best serve the stories they have created-ultimately, demonstrating what the word "book" means to them. NOTE: This course includes access to the RisoLAB only; access to the 5th floor printmaking facilities is not included.
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