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Pati Scobey - Opening from Point of Departure II
Pati Scobey's "Opening from Point of Departure II", 1997, etching and aquatint
Pati Scobey Exhibition:
May 11 through June 30
Reception & Artist Talk,
May 15, 5 to 8 pm
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust St.

Pati Scobey is a studio artist who has worked in painting and book arts for over twenty years. Scobey is recognized for her inventive approach to technique and imagery and her in-depth experience in the book arts. She approaches her work with an attitude of exploration and experimentation, balancing discovery with planning. When creating books, she begins with structural components that reflect the concept and imagery she intends to address.

She has taught intensive workshops in bookmaking and printmaking in a variety of venues including the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon and the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina.

Among the grants she has received are a Project Grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Study in Contemporary Expression in the Arts at Albion College, a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts, and an Artist's Book Production Grant from the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 exhibits nationally and internationally and can be found in the collections at the Getty Center, New York Public Library, Harvard University and the Museum for the Book in the Netherlands.

The Folded Page Bookmaking Workshop with Pati Scobey
Saturday, May 15, 1:00 pm
Price $40
Preregistration required/Call 263-5001
Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust Street, Milwaukee

The way in which pages fold and unfold in a book can reinforce the content of the book. In this investigation of different ways pages can be folded, participants will make books in which the folded pages reveal, conceal and play with dimension.


I can feel the first part of my life rub against the last part. Both, however, meld in my work as a visual artist. Being raised in an Air Force family, my early environment continually shifted and allowed me glimpses of other cultures and landscapes. In contrast, for the past 17 years I have been tied to one piece of land in Michigan and have developed a deep connection to place. Approaching my work in printmaking and bookmaking with an attitude of exploration and experimentation, I balance discovery with planning and I work through ideas in a spirit as akin to drawing as to printing. My printing process is comprised of combining plates depicting narratives and patterns in nature with stencils which are a vocabulary of shapes and characters. Through the manipulation of these elements, I produce layers and levels of form and color on the page or in the book which evoke a sense of movement, geography, and journeys. I view the work as an attempt to answer questions I ask myself.

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