Moving Circles: Volvelles – Online - 2024WKSP-10-29

  • 16 Oct 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
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ONLINE: Moving Circles: Volvelles with Stephanie Wolff

Volvelles, sometimes known as wheel charts, are tools to help explain complex concepts and relationships. These structures have been used in historic books, in promotional materials, in devices to aid computation, as well as in artistic applications. Two or more circles turn to show information through cut out windows.

This workshop covers a basic version of a volvelle and discussion of variations and ideas about incorporating content. Our focus will be on making models and learning how these devices function to create more complex and finished versions after the workshop.

Volvelles are fun to make as cards, personalized gifts or to include in artist books.

Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history, and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Stephanie’s years as a book conservator provided her with knowledge in the history, construction, and repair of a wide range of library materials. She enjoys teaching to share her knowledge from bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts .@stephaniewolffstudio

Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Dates: Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Hours: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Course fee: $100 members / $160 non-members
Prerequisite: none
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Registration closes Oct 2, 2024, 11:59 PM EST

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded, and links will be made available for the registrants to view until available until Nov 30, 2024.

Tools Required:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler, 12”
  • Drawing compass
  • X-Acto or other craft knife
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Something to pierce a small hole in paper, like an awl or a large sewing needle
  • A nickel and a quarter, or other similar size coins
  • Pencil, coloured pencils, coloured markers, fine black marker
  • Pre-workshop access to printer to print out handouts (recommended)
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick or tape
  • 45 and 30-60-90 right triangles (optional, but useful)
  • Protractor (optional)
  • Any other tools or supplies you find useful
  • Straight pin with a flat end
  • A standard metal paper clip
  • Brads, 2-3 (also known as paper fasteners) OR if you can’t find these, some thin wire pieces like stripped twist ties
  • Thread - linen or other sturdy sewing thread, 12-15” (30-38 cm)
  • sewing needle
  • 5-10 sheets of 8.5” x 11” card stock, white, 80 lb (220 gsm) is the best 65 - (176 gsm) or 110 lb (200 gms) are okay
  • 5-10 sheets of 8.5 x 11 card stock, one or more colours, 80 lb (220 gsm) is the best 65 - (176 gsm) or 110 lb (200 gms) are okay

Materials Required:
Final Materials needed to be pre-cut from the paper listed above, prior to the workshop:

Make sure you have the centre point of the circles marked.

  • Cut out (2) circles with a radius of 3.5” (diameter of 7")
  • Cut out (2) circles with a radius of 3” (diameter of 6")
  • Cut the 7” circles out of a different colour than the 6” circles.
  • Cut out (1) circle with a radius of 1-7/8" (diameter of 3.75”)
  • Cut out (1) rectangle 5" high x 8.5" wide, grain parallel to the 5” side, if possible
  • Cut the 3.75” circle from a different colour than the rectangle.

: Any card stock or coverweight paper is fine to use for this workshop or a heavy watercolour or printmaking paper can work also. (Best not to be textured paper.) The request for white and colours is to show contrast, but if you only have one colour, that’s okay. The paper just needs to be entirely flat, not cut from a roll. If you can’t find brads, there are other options to connect the circles that we will cover.

Online Workshop Process:
Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements below prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to

Technical requirements for participation:

  • Access to the internet and to the Zoom application
  • Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)
  • Microphone or Headset / Webcam
  • How to join a zoom meeting information

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded.

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