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TOE RIVER ARTS | WORKSHOPS

For any of questions about the workshops, contact Community Outreach Coordinator Melanie Finlayson at 828.765.0524 or melanie@toeriverarts.org. Participants must wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth and properly socially distance during workshops.

Spring 2021 Workshops

Ready, Set, Fold: Innovative Book Structures

with Karen Hardy

When: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Learn the secrets of unique and intricately folded book forms that do not rely on sewing or adhesive. This workshop will focus on bookbinding techniques that take the architecture and action of the book to new levels through masterful paper engineering.

Participants will begin with a suite of books folded from a single sheet of paper, building on this basic foundation with more advanced projects. These include such inventions by renowned artist and conservator Hedi Kyle as the fishbone fold and triangle fold. Partipants will analyze the merits and limitations of a variety of materials, tools, and papers, and discuss the ways that each structure is uniquely suited to creative expression.

Each student will produce a collection of books that can be used as motivation and reference for further projects. A great advantage of these folded books lies in their minimal use of specialized supplies; they can easily be made at home, or even when traveling, with just a few readily available small tools. No previous experience required.

Workshop fee: $115, includes pre-cut paper for all book models

Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials and process, with particular focus on using innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in artist books, prints, sculpture, and installation. Karen’s award-winning artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Since 2008, Karen has designed and printed ephemera for both retail and commission as the proprietor of Hardy Letterpress.

Blizzard Folded Book Structure

with Karen Hardy

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Stranded by a snow storm during travel, artist Hedi Kyle passed the time experimenting with paper, and invented a unique folded book structure that came to be known as the “blizzard book.” Since then, the basic pattern has been altered and expanded to create numerous additional designs, including the crown book, wheel of fortune, blizzard pockets, crown card, and blizzard boxes.

Developed by Hedi and her protégés, a key feature of all these structures is their ability to hold contents without the use of adhesive – there is flexibility built in. Each blizzard variation addresses a unique engineering goal, and thus each fills a niche in the book artist’s arsenal of structures to suit different purposes. Get “caught in a blizzard” and spend a day learning all of the structures you can create from the blizzard fold.

No previous experience required.

Workshop fee: $115,  includes pre-cut paper for all book models

Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials and process, with particular focus on using innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in artist books, prints, sculpture, and installation. Karen’s award-winning artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Since 2008, Karen has designed and printed ephemera for both retail and commission as the proprietor of Hardy Letterpress.

Twined Basket

with Sarita Westrup

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Toe River Arts Spruce Pine Owen Gallery

Create a beautiful and functional twined basket in the round. Learn how to weave with round reed, begin with a six-pointed star base and weave a spiral to form the basket. Finish the lip of the basket and add a strap to hang on the wall. This is a wonderful beginning level basket weaving class; all levels are welcome.

Workshop fee: $100 includes all materials need and tool kit.

Sarita Westrup is a textile artist and educator living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Her personal textile and sculptural works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.  Sarita is also co-founder of TIERRA FIRME a project-based collaborative effort that speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of the US & Mexico. She received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016.  Sarita teaches basketry, clay and natural dye workshops and most recently has taught as visiting art instructor at the Mitchell High School, Penland School of Craft, and Southwest School of Arts. She currently works at the Penland School of Craft as the Textile Studio Coordinator.

Mayland Community College – Small Business Center

In collaboration with Toe River Arts, Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center has the following lineup of classes that are art-focused for those in an arts-related field and seeking more information about the arts—marketing, bookkeeping, sales, just getting started. All classes are held at the Arts Resource Center [ARC] in Spruce Pine [above the Toe River Arts Gallery; entrance in back] on Wednesday, but please note the times. Classes are FREE, but you must register.

Click here to access classes.

Please go to MCC Small Business Center, search for your class by location and date, and click the “Register” link. You can also contact Allen Cook at 828.766.1295 or tcook@mayland.edu.