A Satisfaction of Movable Mechanisms
Taught by Shawn Sheehy

*Virtual workshop*

Think back to the last time you picked up a movable card. You moved the mechanism back and forth, soothed and satisfied by the movement. Join seasoned paper engineer Shawn Sheehy in building ten movable mechanisms that demonstrate a wide range of movement possibilities. All you need is a simple set of hand tools, a short stack of materials, and an interest in engaging with technical paper mechanics. To dial up the satisfaction quotient, you will bind your collection into a tidy sample book. All skill levels welcome.

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DATE Tues, July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th

TIME 6:00 pm–8:00 pm EST

COST $175


Shawn Sheehy’s broadsides and artist book editions have been collected by Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, The Library of Congress, UCLA, Harvard, and many more. Published by Candlewick Press, Sheehy has created two award-winning trade pop-up books: Welcome to the Neighborwood (2015) and Beyond the Sixth Extinction (2018). He holds an MFA in the Book Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Supply List 

Students are responsible for the following supplies 

  • Materials:

    • At least 11 sheets of white 8.5" x 11" 110 lb index stock

    • At least 6 sheets of multi-color 8.5" x 11" 80 lb cover stock, or six more sheets of the white index listed above

    • 24" of 15-20 gauge unbleached unwaxed linen thread (or other heavy thread)

    • PVA

    • Low-tack painter's tape

    • One roll of 1/4" 415 tape

  • Tools:

    • X-acto knife with extra blades

    • Bone folder

    • Awl

    • Microspatula

    • Tweezers

    • Scissors

    • Ruler

    • Cutting mat

    • Pencil

    • Pre-workshop access to printer and copy paper

    • Japanese screw punch (optional)

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.