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March 15 - April 26, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6-9 pm
In this 15-hour class you will make a very traditional book: a quarter leather binding with raised cords. This intermediate/advanced class will build on the skills you practiced in Bookbinding II (A): InBoards Leather Binding. You will also have time to practice your leather paring.Find out more »
March 20-April 24, 5 Tuesday Evenings, 6 - 9 pm
In this class you will learn to make hardcover case bindings for pamphlets, flat back books, and a book with a rounded spine. You will learn about the structure beneath the boards and make your own bookcloth to cover it. This class is suitable for beginners, but students should have taken Bookbinding I (A) prior.Find out more »
March 24-25, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
Vellum is perhaps a notorious bookbinding material, with a reputation for being difficult to control, especially when glued. Limp vellum bindings were used widely in one guise or another in the renaissance period in Italy, and also provide an opportunity to work with a striking natural material without using glue.
This workshop will focus on traditional and non-traditional structures of limp vellum bindings , exploring the varied possibilities of a versatile structure. Students will be able to choose from a variety of structures, sewing text-blocks on concertina paper guards, around alum-tawed goatskin or vellum slips, laced through vellum covers, making for a satisfying and flexible binding. NB students must have binding experience , working in leather not necessary.Find out more »
March 24, Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Many of the plants in your garden or those you see at the side of the road or find in the super market can be made into different types of cordage for use in bookbinding. Day lilies, hollyhocks, iris, and elm are some of the plants that can find their way into books once their blooming season it over. Work with flax, jute, raffia, and other exotic fibers (even pineapple!) to produce thread.
Learn several methods of harvesting, processing and twining natural fibers. We will bind a bark covered book with samples to take home.Find out more »
April 10- May 8, 5 Tuesday Evenings, 6-9 pm
Following a short review of press operation and printing techniques, we will raise your printing skills to the next level. What methods can you use to combine text and image? How do you improve your printing results? How do you complete a project involving multiple parts?
This class is designed to support students who have taken a letterpress class and want to work on their own projects in a structured and supportive environment. Students interested in producing a edition of posters or prints, a suite of invitations or other printed stationary, or other projects, will be assisted along the way in troubleshooting their inking, impression, and finishing skills.Find out more »
April 11- May 9, 5 Wednesday Evenings, 6 pm -9 pm
Clamshell cases and hinged or lidded boxes are a valuable addition to your artist’s tool kit. Use them for storage and presentation of your books, unbound works on paper, objects and ephemera. In this class students will learn construction from start to finish using archival materials.Find out more »
April 12 - May 10, 5 Thursday Nights, 6-9 pm
Have a project in mind that you need help with? Get clear advice about the order of operations, explore materials to get different effects, and refine your printing skills using either handset type or printing from polymer plates. Make a one of a kind, or an edition and learn the tricks of the trade.Find out more »
April 14-15, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
The accordion is perhaps the most versatile structure in the world of bookbinding. As a full-page spread or as a minutely-folded piece of paper, it displays both pictures and words in an immediate and Zen-like game of mountains and valleys. We will spend 2 days folding paper, making both traditional and new-fangled books. After the bookbinding we’ll make a slipcase entirely out of handmade paper, to hold our set of models. Expect to construct 4 or 5 small books, each bound in handmade paper wrappers, which will serve as prototypes for future projects.Find out more »
April 14-15, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this two day workshop, Learn basic printing techniques on the Vandercook proof press, and come away with a collaborative printed edition. We will learn a few basic variations on the single sheet zine, perfect for making a portable edition. We will print up our ideas collaboratively on the press, using wood and metal type, and edition our simple books together. Everyone will come away with multiple copies of a one-page book, models for future reference, and ideas for the future. No previous printing experience required.
April 21-22, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
A tunnel book is a wonderful structure that allows the viewer to look within and discover a hidden world, which evolves in accumulated layers. Originally derived from a "peep" show, it still feels that we are allowed to gaze within a personal space. The class will begin with a short history and then make a model to understand how the structure moves and is constructed. Each participant will then create their own unique tunnel book.Find out more »