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2-DAY WORKSHOP: Nature Printing and Bookbinding with Rebecca Chamlee


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2-day workshop: The Book Artist as Naturalist with Rebecca Chamlee
Day 1: March 21, 2020 10am-4pm
Day 2: March 22 2020 12pm-4pm

9469 Jefferson Blvd Suite 117 
Culver City, CA 90232

PRICE: $200 includes both days and all materials.

Directly printing forms found in the natural world has been used for centuries by scientists, naturalists and artists to preserve the ephemeral beauty of nature. This 2-day workshop explores the botanical contact printing process (eco-printing) to create images on paper with fresh and pressed plant materials provided by the instructor and collected by students. This is a 2-day workshop and participants who enroll are automatically enrolled in both days. Suitable for 16 years or older but minors must be accompanied by adult guardian and guardian must also be enrolled. Knowledge of basic book binding techniques is helpful but not mandatory.

DAY 1 MARCH 21 10 am - 4pm: Students will explore eco friendly printing using leaves and botanicals from in and around your house, garden, nature walks, dog walks, etc. We will be working with hot plates and hot water baths outside in the parking lot so please wear appropriate attire. 

  • LUNCH for day 1 only: Please bring or prepare for a 30 minute lunch on your own. Water bottles will be provided. 
  • DAY 1 PLEASE BRING: LEAVES! Different shapes, sizes, textures, colors; some small pliable branches still attached to leaves are permissible. Paper will be prepared ahead of time by instructor for your books. This is the paper on which the leaves will leave their mark. 

DAY 2 MARCH 22 12pm-4pm: Using the dyed papers from the day before, participants will create three different book structures WITHOUT the need for adhesives. Please eat lunch ahead of time. Lite snacks and water will be provided. 

  • Book Structures:
    • Reverse Piano Hinge
    • Jacob's Ladder Accordion
    • Three-Signature Pamphlet
  • DAY 2 PLEASE BRING: All materials will be provided but please bring an Exacto knife or box cutter and pencil for simple cutting. 


Rebecca Chamlee is a self-taught naturalist and book artist who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her award-winning work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been
exhibited widely.

Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing and artists’ book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.


Refunds/Cancellations: No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of March 21st.