Life, Loves and Explosions

  • Saturday, February 02, 2019
  • Sunday, February 03, 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, February 02, 2019, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, February 03, 2019, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Book Arts Studio, Class Code BO020219JH+
  • 6


  • $163 + $15 materials fee
  • $125 + $15 materials fee

To register and pay off-line, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

Be sure to "Join Waitlist" if this class fills (there is no cost to do so) and we will notify you if a seat opens up or this class gets offered again.
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This class combines bookmaking techniques and writing activities in a fun filled two days. In this class you will work with a master bookmaker and a published author to explore four themes: inspiration, power, shape, and passion. You will first create the basic structure of an explosion box, a specially created form whose sides drop outward as the lid is removed. You will then have the opportunity to engage the themes through guided writing activities, and make several unusual structures that relate to them. As we work through the weekend, you will fill your box with images and writings that capture your relationship-- your “take” --on these themes in your life. 

See the video of the
Explosion Box 

There will be an additional $15 supply fee paid during the registration process.

We will break for a 30 minute lunch. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator to store your lunch in. 


Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D. is an author, mentor, editor, and spiritual ecologist who has been researching the connection between creativity and nature for over two decades. Through her practice, TEALarbor stories, Jennifer works individually with writers of many genres from all over the world; offers workshops, training, courses, and retreats to diverse audiences; and presents her work frequently at professional conferences. Jennifer has published three nonfiction books including Writing on the Landscape: Essays and Practices to Write, Roam, Renew (2017); dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, newspaper articles, and guest blogs. She’s currently working on her next book, scheduled for release later this year.  Please visit her web site at

Mary Jeanne (MJ) Linford has been a professional book artist for over 20 years, under the press name Bad Girl Press ( Learning both by doing and also studying with Hazel Koenig at the University of Washington, she specializes in pop-up books and unusual bindings, as well as traditional binding styles. She also works with three other women under the press name Full Plate Press. Her books are in selected museums, libraries and collections nationwide, and can be seen in the book arts room at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

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