Hands, Paper, Go! - A Creative Exploration of Bookmaking

Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students in an exploration of the many creative ways to work with paper and make fun personal storybooks by hand while learning some history from around the world and listening to stories of what inspired her to create.

Please note: This workshop covers two sessions, May 4 and May 11.


Date: May 14, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Online
Fee: $40.00 for Two – 2 Hour Workshops
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Joan Lynch
Email: [email protected]

Session 1: Fold, Cut, Punch, Glue. 

How did books start out and what kinds of books did humans create? Learn about some Japanese and Himalayan traditions as you fold, cut, and punch papers to make creative books.  

Supplies: text weight paper any colors 5 sheets (8.5 x 11), empty matchbox or other small rectangular/square box, handmade paper scraps, scrapbook paper any 1 sheet, hole punch, ribbon/yarn, scissors, pencil, color pencils, markers, glue stick. 

Session 2: Staple & Sew.  

How did different writing styles decide what books look like? Learn about some old Islamic book art styles and mix them with today’s everyday materials to create a fun new thing.  

Supplies: manila folder, ruler, pencil, 2 full sheets of drawing paper, binding needle, unwaxed linen bookbinding thread, hole punch, scrapbook paper 1 sheet. 


About the Instructor: Sushmita Mazumdar is an Arlington-based artist, writer, and educator. She works across stories, book arts, and mixed media, to explore her memories of home, heritage, and migration from India. She mixes into her work present-day places which inspire; and the community who collaborate, discuss, and respond to inform her creations. Sushmita is the founder of Studio PAUSE, a community space for art and stories, and a studio arts instructor with the Smithsonian Associates. 

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