Design a hand-made book at Farnsworth

Feb 07, 2020
Photo by: Lynn Karlin Artwork by Abbie Read of Appleton.

Rockland — On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum hosts a workshop on designing handmade books. The program, led by artist Abbie Read, will take place both days from 2 to 6 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets.

Participants in this workshop will learn to make a custom book, and will explore designs for a cover. The class will cover decorative paper making as well as Japanese stab binding. Participants that have a particular paper they wish to use may bring it. Otherwise good-quality paper will be supplied.

Read lives and works in Appleton. She is interested in many different mediums and techniques; for a number of years she has been working with various techniques in book arts, altered books, and collage and sculpture using book parts. She exhibits locally, throughout New England, and internationally. In 2014, she was invited to Doha, Qatar, as part of the Art In Embassies Program where she installed a large section of a 40-foot assemblage titled "Library." The exhibition remained in Doha for three years, until the end of the tenure of the last ambassador to serve in Qatar. A similar section of "Library" is currently on view at the Appleton Public Library. Visit for more information.

The fee for this program is $144 and $112 for museum members, plus a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor. For more information or to register, visit

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