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The Portfolio Album

The Portfolio Album
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with Derek Bacchus

Cost: $100
Materials Fee: $25 — please bring with you to class!

If you’d like to make a beautiful book that allows you to showcase individual pieces of art, or a collection of photographs, this portfolio album is the perfect way to instantly assemble your work — the album’s unique spine pockets allow you to slip in your work with ease.

We will first make the cover with traditional bookbinding techniques (wrapped boards with paper-backed linen fabric, and decorative paper endsheets). We will then construct the intricate interior spine with an almost origami-like paper folding that is a marvel to see unfold (by folding!). Lastly, we will marry the two, and insert our artwork.

The album size is 8" x 10" (landscape). If you can, bring seven individual leaves of artwork or photographs to the workshop to leave with your “instant” portfolio album, and an opportunity to have a mini-exhibition of our newly made books. Photoshop formatting instructions will be sent to participants a week before the workshop to produce individual leaves of art (if desired), as well as a simple set of tools to bring.

Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Publisher and Chief Product Officer at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.

Earlier Event: September 28
Monoprinting: Lasting Impressions
Later Event: October 6
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