Thursday, January 8, 2009

Santa Fe Workshops

Building a House for Your Work
Alison Kuller
March 22 - March 28, 2009

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Presentation is a critical consideration for any visual artist, for the way your work is conveyed to others speaks volumes about you and the work itself. When you present work to others, you’re acting as a curator. The sequence, format, and materials of the presentation are expressive and require choices on your part. Does your vision end in the darkroom or on the monitor, or does it expand to include the care and integrity of the work as a whole? Is your presentation saying what you want it to?

This workshop begins with visits with Santa Fe gallery owners and book designers, who discuss how they reach decisions about design and presentation for their clients. For instance, do the materials and structure of the box reflect the contents? Does this typeface, this color of cloth, the texture of this lining, fight or complement the images?

Most of the week is devoted to hands-on explorations under Alison’s guidance. She demonstrates a variety of presentation methods, including portfolios, four-flap enclosures, and clamshell boxes, and works individually with participants on design and construction. We focus on the tools and materials of box making, learning how to choose those that are appropriate to the purpose. Participants leave the workshop with several examples of strong, preservation-minded enclosures that make their presentations an integral and distinctive reflection of their work.


Alison Kuller has deep roots in the West, although she now makes her home in Camden, Maine. After studying bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, she worked in the Conservation Lab at Harvard’s Widener Library. Her career then took her to the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, where she worked on books and manuscripts dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries and built enclosures to house them. Since moving to Camden, Alison binds books, photograph albums, and corporate reports while continuing her work in book conservation, box making, and teaching.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for all photographers.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
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Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $975.00
Materials Fee: $190.00