My summer internship at Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) presented me with the opportunity to immerse myself into the Book Arts world. As a current FSU senior that is graduating in a few weeks, SCAP has been the perfect opportunity for me to wrap up my BA in studio art with a focus in printmaking. When I first transferred to FSU in the fall of 2015 I had little knowledge of printmaking techniques or art composed of books, but now, two years later, I will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Book Arts at the University of Alabama this fall.
Interning at SCAP allowed me to work directly with Denise Bookwalter, Director and a founding member of SCAP. She is also the Area Head of the Printmaking Department at FSU. While working with Denise, I gained knowledge on different book binding techniques and printing processes.
Along with binding and printing, SCAP has taught me to push the boundaries of what I consider a book to be. During my time at SCAP I worked on VVVVV, an edition of 200, consisting of wooden blocks and magnets, bearing letterpress images on front and back. VVVVV inspires viewers/participants to assemble and dismantle the blocks to create endless relationships between different images. VVVVV was a collaborative project between artists Judy Rushin, Denise Bookwalter, Allison Milham, Michelle Ray, and AB Gorham.
My internship at SCAP has been a rewarding experience and helpful for preparing me for graduate school and a future within the Book Arts field. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Denise Bookwalter and the rest of the SCAP team. I look forward to working together again and I am excited to see future SCAP projects surface.