Event—Adult Education

Make Your Own Volvelles Workshop

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Volvelles are the ancestors of today’s pop-up books: paper dials that Renaissance readers spun in the pages of their books. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make your own volvelles!

Volvelle of geographical clock, 1766. Call number: Case folio G121 .T7 1766

Class Description

In conjunction with Pop-Up Books through the Ages, Emily Martin will teach an introductory workshop on making paper volvelles and turning wheels. We will start with a tour through the exhibition and continue to a hands-on workshop. Participants will make three types of volvelles of increasing complexity. All materials will be provided.

Emily Martin has been exploring the relationship between format and content for many years in her work. She often combines letterpress printed images and text with movable and/or sculptural book forms using a variety of traditional and experimental techniques. She has held artist’s residencies at the Center for Book Arts, New York City (2002); Lawrence University (2012), the Penland School of Crafts (2014), The University of Florida, Gainesville (2015); and most recently was printer in residence at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, England (2018). She teaches bookbinding and paper engineering classes at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and has taught many workshops across the United States, in England, and In Chile. She received a silver medal from the Designer Bookbinders for her book The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (2012), and her book The Tragedy of King Lear was a semi-finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artists Book award (2020). Her work is in collections world-wide including The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Library in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Materials List

No required materials and no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration

This class is full, but you can still register for the waitlist on Learning Stream.

One session, $95 ($85.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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Pop-Up Books through the Ages

Mar 21–Jul 15, 2023

Pop-up books have a longer history than you might think. For centuries, books with interactive flaps, dials, and other moving parts have captivated readers of all ages. 

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