Virtual Educator Summer Camp 2022: Petal-Fold Books

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Thu, Jul 14, 2022
10 to 11:30 am

Tickets and Reservations

Sold out. Complete this form to be added to the waitlist.



Linked petal-fold book that opens lengthwise and is made of folded alternating squares of yellow, orange, and white paper. Covers and strings to bind the book are visible on the right and left end pages.
Sold Out. Create a small linked petal-fold book with Washington, D.C., area artist and educator Irene Chan.

Event Description

About the Session: Linked Petal-Fold Books with Irene Chan

In this session, participants make a small linked petal-fold book and see examples of more forms based off of it, as well as how the instructor altered the form to wear for storytelling performances. This three-dimensional book structure is intimate, personal, and dynamic, moving with those who wear or handle it.

About the Instructor

Irene Chan (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in print media, papermaking, installation, storytelling performance, and book arts on subjects of Taoism, personal immigrant narratives, and forgotten histories. Her artist books and works on paper have been exhibited internationally and held in over 90 public collections. Chan established Ch’An (ch’ ahn) Press through which she has self-published prints and 35 artist books to date. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, Washington D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, of fellowships to 23 artist residencies, and has exhibited and performed in 55 venues in the last ten years. She runs her press and studio and teaches in the departments of Visual Arts and Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

About the Virtual Educator Camp Series

NMWA’s Virtual Educator Summer Camp is designed for all educators, school teachers, adults supporting students learning remotely, home school instructors, and scout leaders. Inspired by the Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) Institutes and NMWA’s collection, sessions are hands-on, participatory, and fun. Sessions will explore the museum‘s collection and resources, introduce historic and contemporary women artists, and engage participants in experimental making and close looking. Guest instructors include artists and educators from around the country.

Participants will receive a recommended supply list, applicable digital resources, and a Zoom meeting link in advance of each session. Camp activities are designed to use materials and tools attendees might have at home, to encourage repurposing and seeing everyday objects in a new light. Session participants can request professional development certificates of completion reflecting total earned participation hours.