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Mary Wells is a book artist and calligrapher who demon- strates, teaches and exhibits her letterforms and books. She is a retired school teacher having taught in elemen- tary and secondary schools for 39 years.
A workshop with Mary focuses on bookmaking. She pro- vides workshops for decorating and assembling books that would be suitable for K-12 students. Book projects could include accordion books, pop-up books, books that require stitching, round, triangular or odd shaped books, books in boxes, 3-D sculptural books, books with pockets, origami folded books, unusual bindings, water- color techniques, historical and oriental calligraphy, visu- al journaling, covers and closures. Other book projects could be wearable utilizing beads, buttons and ribbons. The book instruction can integrate other curriculum dis- ciplines or be created for its own sake as an object of art.
Mary’s process is to design a project with the team of teachers with whom she’ll be working. They then con- sider both visual art as well as other subject areas such as something the class may be studying in history. She works on writing as well as illustrating short stories, po- ems or journals.
Mary is only available for K-12 workshops for teachers