Jocelyn Webb Pedersen is a Los Angeles based artist and fine press printer. She currently teaches courses in Typography/Letterpress Printing and Hand Printed Book Production. She holds a graduate degree in the Book Arts from the University of Iowa, Center for the Book and a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara. She was awarded the first Victor Hammer Teaching Fellowship at Wells College and helped to set up the Book Arts Center there. She has taught Book Arts at the college level since 1996, but also enjoys leading bookmaking/literacy building workshops to young students. Her work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, Yale, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, UCLA and more.
Through the Lawrence Clark Powell '28 Endowment Fund for the Book Arts, she has worked closely with the Special Collections Department to create curriculum supporting the history of printing and the arts and technologies of the book. While her courses emphasize the book as a complex and contemporary form of visual and physical self expression, they are always steeped in historical context and include much hands on interaction with rare artifacts and archives housed within Special Collections. Her goal has been to build on Oxy's tremendously rich history in the literary arts, fine press printing and book publishing, as well as build new collaborative partners across the college's academic departments and administrative offices. She has produced work for the Alumni Department, The Board of Trustees, and the Institutional Advancement Department. She and her students have collaborated with Faculty members Martha Ronk (English), Danzy Senna (English), Desiree Zamarano (Education), John McCormick (Biology) and Linda Lyke (Art).
ARTS 227 Introduction to Letterpress Printing
This class is an introduction to the historical art of letterpress printing using design elements with text and image. Students will complete a collaborative artist book with hand binding and original imagery using typographic design, hand typesetting, and letterpress printing.
ARTS 228 Book Arts: The Handprinted Book
Book Arts: The Handprinted Book is a hybrid book making, research, writing and collaborative art making course. Students will advance their knowledge of letterpress printing by researching, planning, designing, and producing a handprinted artist book. The course will address narrative sequencing, page layout and design, type as graphic innovative and/or image-making, methods for the Vandercook Press, and the structure of the book. Each course iteration will address a theme, integrating book making techniques with theoretical readings, collaborations with faculty and departments from across the College, and primary research in Special Collection the Moore Zoology Lab and other campus collections. The course is will also examine the current state of the book in the context of 20th and 21st century artist book design and production.
ARTS 325Papermaking/Artists' Books
Advanced course in papermaking with emphasis on the creative potential of handmade paper. Projects include: colored pulp painting, cast paper, and sheet forming, with a major focus on making three handmade paper artists' books.