• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 18 - Apr 3

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readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Poetry Reading: Mónica de la Torre + José Felipe Alvergue

readings & workshops
April 4

Virtual Workshop with Mónica de la Torre

readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

Archived exhibitions
May 9 May 9 - May 13

Artist Residency: May 9-13, 2006

Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

The following events are part of a 5-day artist residency in Milwaukee sponsored by Woodland Pattern Book Center. They are made possible by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation with support from the Friends of the Golda Meir Library. Woodland Pattern will also display an exhibition of seven of Ms. Chen's handmade books throughout the month of May.

Julie Chen, MA Book Arts, Mills College, is proprietor of Flying Fish Press in Berkeley, where she creates and publishes many sculptural, limited-edition artist's books. She teaches bookmaking workshops around the country and is on the Mills College faculty. Flying Fish Press, established by Chen in 1987, is dedicated to the design and production of books that combine the quality and craftsmanship of traditional letterpress printing with the innovation and visual excitement of contemporary non-traditional book structures and modern typography. There is an emphasis on book structures that can function both traditionally as books and sculpturally as objects to be displayed. Editions range in size from 10-150 copies. While Chen is currently focusing solely on the publication of her own artists' books, the press has had a rich history of producing collaborative projects with other visual artists such as Nance O'Banion and Lois Morrison.



Free Public Lecture with Julie Chen
UWM Book FOR[u]Ms Book Artist Series
Wednesday, May 10, 7pm
Special Collections
Fourth Floor, UWM Library
2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee

To register call 414-263-5001

The Magic Window Shade & Other Movable Mechanisms
Thursday, May 11, 6-9pm
$75/$70 members
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

In this workshop participants will get an introduction to paper engineering and explore some really cool movable mechanisms that can be used in artists' books. The focus of the class will be the magic window shade in which a scene that appears in a window transforms into a different scene with the pull of a tab. This mechanism has a much stronger appearance of a magical illusion than many other standard changing scene structures. Other mechanisms will be introduced as time permits. Participants will create visual content for their mechanisms using the instructor's extraordinary traveling collection of rubber stamps. Basic bookmaking experience is required.

Folded Book Structures: A Class for Milwaukee School Teachers
Friday, May 12
Teachers, please call 414-263-5001 for more info

There are a variety of book structures that rely on simple origami-style paper folding to create book pages with a lot of visual impact. In this workshop, participants will explore a number of variations including the Turkish map fold. Many of these folded structures can be used either as inserts in existing book projects or to create entire folded books. No previous bookmaking experience is necessary.

Tunnel Book
Saturday, May 13, 1-4pm
$75/$70 members
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

The tunnel book uses a structure that folds down flat when closed, but provides an intriguing three-dimensional diorama-like space when opened for display. It is a great structure for housing a visual landscape or theater-like scene. In this workshop, each participant will create a tunnel book complete with contents developed using the instructor's extraordinary traveling collection of rubber stamps. No previous bookmaking experience is necessary. 

To register please contact Woodland Pattern at 263-5001.