Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen and the Art of Bookmaking | July 12-16, 2020

Susan kae Grant: Mapping the Unconscious: Zen and the Art of Bookmaking | July 12-16, 2020

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This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form, using dreams and memories to inform the content of your own unique book.

Check In: Sunday, July 12th, 2020 | Check Out: Thursday, July 16th, 2020
Tuition + Meals: $1,000 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,500 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,920 per person

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Full payment of any remaining fees is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. New registrations made less than 60 days prior to the retreat start date will require full payment of all retreat related registration fees.

Do you have a companion who would like to join you for the Bayfield experience without attending the educational components?. Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant. Companion rates entitle the companion to lodging, all retreat package meals, and use of Wild Rice Retreat facilities.

$75 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival.


Knowing the techniques and skills to make a book of your own is one thing—tapping into your creativity and subconscious to create a book is yet another. In this workshop, we concentrate on using the subconscious to inspire the production of handmade artists’ books that balance form and content in provocative ways.

Participants learn through lectures and discussions to develop methodologies for collecting and recording dreams and memories. Classes include guided meditations and written exercises designed to elicit creative insights to strengthen and combine writings and images for their books.

Slide presentations and examples of original book works inspire discussions addressing diverse topics such as design strategies, content, structure, imaging techniques, materials, and sources needed for production. Class demonstrations include a variety of ways to incorporate images and text into books as well as the technical execution of three binding styles and the DASS Transfer process. Participants will produce personal projects and books of their own utilizing the styles and techniques demonstrated.

This retreat is about the study of bookmaking as an art form and is open to participants working in every medium. All content can be used to create your book during this retreat, however the focus will be on investigating dreams and memory as content. Through hands-on experience students learn significant methodologies for designing and creating hand made books that successfully balance form and content by using symbolism and intuition.


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$75 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival

Participants to bring:

  • 1 12”x9” (or larger) Canson Universal Sketch Pad (65 lb Paper)

  • 1 Book Binding Tool Kit (includes, glue brush, 2 awls, wax, bone folder, linen thread)


    • Set of two foam brushes (1”& 3”)

    • 8” Bone folder with one pointed end

    • Books By Hand Awl Light weight

    • Lineco Bees Wax Block

    • Books By Hand Linen Bookbinding Thread 60 yards

    • Lineco Binder’s Needles, pkg 5

  • Mixed media materials that are of interest for incorporation into the book (objects, ribbon, letters, type, magazines, rubberstamps, paint, colored pencils, etc)

  • Blank Journal or writing paper

  • Photographs, prints etc to be used for a personal book project

    Bring 8-10 images: suggested size limit 5”x7"- 8”x10”maximum

    Images can be printed any process; Black & White, color, nonsilver, etc. or bring image files to print at the retreat.

  • Laptop with photo editing software if you want to edit or use any of your own images

For generating images while at the retreat:

Classroom will have available a computer and color Epson printer and a b/w copy machine (you must supply your own flash drives for storage and paper for printing)

Papers for sample books (see below)

  • Book 1: Pamphlet: 11-12 sheets 8 1/2”x11” computer paper equivalent weight or Canson Universal Sketch Pad paper, 2 sheets 8 1/2”x11” cover stock or decorative paper for end sheets (such as Fabriano or Mi-Teintes), 3 sheets 8 1/2”x11” decorative paper or fabric (for cover).

  • Book 2: Accordion Book: 2 Sheets 19 x 24” paper medium weight ó sheet decorative paper for covers. (Arches, BKK Reeves, Stonehenge, Canson Universal Sketch Pad, Mitenties)

  • Book 3: Flat Back Case (Kettle/Retchoso): 5-8 sheets approximately 19”x24 quality paper (Arches, BFK Rives, Canson Universal Sketch Pad paper etc.), 2 sheets different color paper cover stock for end sheets (such as Fabriano or Mi-Teintes), fabric or decorative paper for cover.

WILD RICE RETREAT will be providing a limited number of the following tools and supplies for the retreat. If you have your own tools, please feel free to bring them.

  • Sobo glue or PVA glue

  • Books By Hand Linen Binding Tape

  • Lineco Acid Free Binders Board, 15”x20” (.098)

  • Soft Rubber Brayers

  • Cutting table station covered with self-healing mat

  • Bricks for book weights

  • 1 bottle Citra-Solv Concentrate

  • 1 bag cotton balls

  • DASS Premium Transfer Film @ $109.00 for 100 sheets

  • 8 oz Purell Hand Sanitizer Pump dispensers

  • 11” Positionable Mounting Adhesive, 50Ft Roll

  • Cut-rite wax paper

  • Wooden clothes pins

  • 2 pieces of 1/2" plywood (approx 10”x12”) will be used as book presses for each student

  • 2, 3-4” C-clamps per student

  • Book Cloth Sample Packs (Talas)

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Assorted Color Pack, 19”x25”

  • Utility knives and exacto knives

  • Cork Back Ruler

  • Scissors


Susan kae Grant is an inventive and influential artist, educator, and early proponent of photographic book arts. She has lectured and exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, from Spain to Japan. Her ongoing touring immersive installation of Night Journey and her curated exhibition Photographic Book Art in the United States have traveled to over 30 venues between them. Public collections representing her photographs and book-works include George Eastman Museum; J. Paul Getty Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Tokyo Photographic Museum; Victoria & Albert National Art Library; Center for Creative Photography; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Grant holds an MFA and BS in Photography and Books Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1981-2017, she served as Head of Photography and Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and was named Cornaro Professor Emerita in 2018. Selected teaching awards include Cornaro Professor, TWU; Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Honored Educator (2014) and Honored Educator, South Central Region, SPE (2007). Grant is on the staff of the International Center of Photography (NYC) where she has taught “The Art of Photographic Bookmaking” (4-day workshop) each spring since 1993. Her work is represented by, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham, AL.

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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.