Do-Si-Do Book – Two in One New! Class
Saturday, February 24, 10:30-5pm.
Instructor: Kristen Lewis
This back-to-back structure is called Do-si-do in America after the square dance move where partners circle each other back to back. The name is a variation on the French phrase dos-à-dos (literally “back to back”), and has historically referenced a basic dance step in many folk styles. The Do-si-do book is a “two-fer” structure – that is, two books bound into one. The name sounds a bit frivolous but the book itself has a serious side. The structure consists of two text blocks swinging around a shared cover, which makes the book perfect for dual purposes. Think then/now, serious/silly, day/night, etc. Intrigued by the Do-si-do idea, local book artist Kristen Lewis designed this hardback version using colorful papers for the covers and artist grade paper for the pages. The binding is a decorative long stitch, which allows the pages to lie flat for easy drawing and writing. Come do a little “book dancing” with Kristen and make two journals in one!
Please bring the following optional materials to class:
- Bag lunch and water bottle. There will be a short break for lunch.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. She's made all kinds of books since, and even created a line of hand bound books that she sold in galleries throughout Colorado under the name Papercuts Press. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, and caring for museum collections. Her artwork - which reveals her deep love for paper, books, and maps - originates in her study of nature, and melds scientific and spiritual habits like collecting. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking and loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of "book" is so broad. Can you imagine using a paperwasp nest in a book? Kristen could. Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. She's constantly experimenting. Her latest work is with sewable electronics, which can add light to almost any piece of art. To quote her, "Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology". Visit Kristen's website: papercutspress.com