Tag: Deedra Baker

Introduction to Bookmaking: Simply Folded to The Codex: June 8-10


Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

About The Event

Instructor: Deedra Baker




6/8/18 – 6/10/18

Friday – Sunday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Introduction to Bookmaking: Simply Folded to The Codex is an introduction to the application of concepts and techniques for bookmaking. The workshop places an emphasis on developing ideas, materials, and basic bookbinding techniques to create artist’s books.

Patrons who wish to participate may be at the novice or advanced artistic level. Methods of presentation for the workshop content will occur through lecture and demonstrations with one-on-one interaction with the instructor. There will be an opportunity to view and handle physical copies of handmade books to study the bindings and experience the tactile qualities of the materials used in book arts.

The workshop will demonstrate three bookbindings: Simply Folded: Snake Book, Simply Sewn: Single Signature / Pamphlet Stitch, and The Codex: Retchoso. Participants will learn about measuring, cutting, folding, and tearing paper, dissecting holes, folded and sewn bindings, and the creation of soft-covers. Participants will create a book for each of the above-mentioned bindings during the workshop for hands-on interaction and learning.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the technical execution of bookbindings, structures, and forms, while gaining an understanding of contemporary artists using bookmaking as an art form.
  2. Learn to design with type using experimental and alternative methods.
  3. Create technical sample books that demonstrate craftsmanship and technical expertise.
  4. Plan, design, and execute a limited edition Exquisite Corpse handmade book incorporating images and / or text that demonstrate creativity and a artistic vision.
  5. Learn to interpret and evaluate artist’s books through oral discussions.


Simply Folded: Snake Book

  • Blank sample book with folded binding
  • Learn measuring, cutting, folding, and tearing paper

Simply Sewn: Single Signature / Pamphlet Stitch [Exquisite Corpse]

  • Learn to incorporate content into a single-signature, pamphlet stitch binding
  • Learn measuring, cutting, folding, and tearing paper, dissecting holes, and creation of soft cover

The Codex: Retchoso

  • Blank sketchbook with multi-signature binding
  • Learn measuring, cutting, folding, and tearing paper, dissecting holes, and creation of soft cover

Supply List

Shared items (from instructor):

  • Rulers
  • X-Acto Knives
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Bookbinding Needles
  • Bone Folders

Participants should bring:

  • Pencils
  • 50 – 80 lb. white drawing paper
  • Decorative or handmade paper (for covers and end sheets)

Materials to create unique work of art in book

  • Magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Draw utensils

Submitted by Art Room. Email: artroomfw@gmail.com

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FIVE: Ties That Bind (artist Deedra Baker) Oct. 14 at the Art Room


Artwork: Deedra Baker, February’s Flower Bed, 24“ x 34”, Archival pigment print

“FIVE: Ties That Bind”
On Exhibit and Opening Friday, October 14, 2016
With Reception 6-9pm
Food, Drinks, Music Provided

For Immediate Release – Fort Worth, TX – Art Room is pleased to announce its first solo show “FIVE: Ties That Bind,” representing the work of local artist, Deedra Baker.

“FIVE: Ties That Bind” explores the nexus of Deedra’s family through three generations of females. Through portraits, environmental still lifes, and landscapes, this series examines the interconnectedness between her mother, three sisters, two nieces, and herself. As an extension of the traditional family archive of snapshots, the work consists of color photographs and high-definition video.

Deedra Baker is a photographer and book artist currently based in Denton, TX. Her work and research focus on themes of adolescence, femininity, identity, and sexuality. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011, from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, where she was the recipient of numerous honors, such as the Charles and Margaret Pollak Award and Sibberson Award. Deedra recently graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a Photography Concentration and Intermedia Secondary Concentration at Texas Woman’s University in 2016. Selections from her body of work have been featured nationally in exhibitions and publications including, Chowan University National Juried Exhibition, Light Leaked, PhotoSpiva National Photographic Competition and Exhibition, and Voyeur: Repositioning the Gaze.

“FIVE: Ties That Bind” is a one night only show, Friday, October 14, 2016. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For additional information please contact Nathan Madrid, Katie Murray, or Deedra Baker at artroomfw@gmail.com, and visit our website www.artroom.space for more information about upcoming shows and to join our mailing list. An exhibition catalog will be available for purchase.


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