Fall 2017 Class Catalog
(Winter/Spring classes coming soon!)
At the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, we love sharing our knowledge of traditional arts like papermaking, printmaking, book binding, creative writing, paper marbling, calligraphy and more. We like to think that our passion is contagious so give something new a try or refresh your own knowledge or come play in one of our open studio sessions. Our small classes can be adapted for beginners or more advanced students.
Ducks and Dresses: Hanji Artwork by Aimee Lee
KBAC Gallery, December 1, 2017 – January 2018
Opens December 1 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Two Korean traditions—ducks and garments—come together in this exhibit that presents the artwork of Aimee Lee. Known as hanji, Korean paper is remarkably resilient and versatile. It can be transformed from a sheet of paper into a garment that mimics cloth, yet retains its identity as a material that can be drawn upon, dyed, textured, and sewn. Hanji can also be cut and twisted into rope-like material that twines into rigid but hollow basket forms of any shape. To illustrate the wide possibilities of hanji, paper garments in western and Korean styles will be displayed alongside the colorful and ever-popular hanji ducks that refer to Korean wedding traditions.
Aimee Lee taught two classes at the KBAC during her visit:
Make Hanji: Korean sheet formation
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Paper Fusion: Combine and Texture Paper with Joomchi
Sunday, December 3, Noon. – 5:00 p.m.
Poets in Print: Daneen Wardrop and Laura Kasischke
Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7:00pm
Daneen Wardrop has authored three books of poetry, The Odds of Being, Cyclorama, and Life as It, which received the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award. A forthcoming book of poems, Silk Road, will appear in 2018. In addition, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, AGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has also authored several books of literary criticism, most often about Emily Dickinson.
Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Wild Brides (1992), Fire and Flower (1998), Dance and Disappear (2002), Gardening in the Dark (2004), Lilies Without (2007), Space, in Chains (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Where Now (2017). Kasischke has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award, the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Rilke Poetry Prize from the University of North Texas. She has also won several Pushcart Prizes, as well as received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.