Erin Sweeney

Book Arts

July 20th – 24th, 2020
This book arts intensive will focus on both folded and sewn structures. Students will learn multiple book structures—such as the Dos-a-Dos and the one-needle Coptic binding—and then will combine these techniques to get something entirely new: a Coptic bound Dos-a-Dos that just keeps on going! We will learn the Hinged Box Book structure, and morph it into something more three dimensional, utilizing multiple materials, and we will also experiment with multiple folded structures.

We will discover how to use the structures as building blocks for other work, be it participatory or collaborative, sculptural, or simply to be held in the viewer’s hands.

Additionally, we will utilize simple printmaking techniques and writing prompts to generate content for our structures, allowing us to house image and text in new and potentially surprising ways, with an emphasis on fun and experimentation.

All levels welcome.


Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts.  She also has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

Sweeney exhibits nationally, most recently at the Lyceum Gallery at the Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, Unrequited Leisure in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire. In July, Sweeney was awarded a Ruth and James Ewing Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Additionally, Sweeney is an instructor, teaching book arts workshops at her Lovely In The Home Press. She also travels to teach workshops at many locales, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Stone House, the University of Southern Maine’s Book Arts Intensive; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ireland, and the Philadelphia Center for the Book. She is a member of the NH State Council on the Arts’ Artist Roster, and is Assistant Professor in Foundations and Printmaking at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College.

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