Decorative Band Boxes with Tray Inserts with Mary Emery Lacoursiere

Bandboxes were a familiar form of storage for nearly a hundred years, beginning in the mid-eighteenth century.  Also used as an early form of carry-on luggage, it’s now our richest source of historical wallpapers. Check out these examples from the NHA collections.

Oval Box

Hat Box

Students will make an band box with a a tray insert.  Students will  learn box construction, and paper cutting and covering the box.   Students are encouraged to bring your own papers but a selection of paper will also be available to all students

All materials and tools will be provided.


Maximum class size: 8

Mary Emery Lacoursiere graduated from Pratt Institute with an M.F.A. in printmaking and painting. She had a studio in New York City for fifteen years, specializing in hand-painted sisal rugs, murals, and restoring historical painting. A member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration since 1978, Mary has been a contributing artist for Lifetime Television and Hearst Entertainment and currently owns and operates Emery Design here on Nantucket. She is also the director of Education at the Nantucket Historical Association.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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