Upcoming Events › Bookbinding
February 1 - March 1, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6-9pm
Stub-bindings provide a book with a flexible and less intrusive binding, whether housed in temporary bindings or more sturdy fine bindings. The integrity of the pages are preserved by sewing onto folded paper stubs, which, in-turn take the pressure and distortion of the many forwarding techniques used in bookbinding structures, away from the text-block. They can be adapted for use in a variety of bindings from Japanese structures to french fine binding, and are particularly useful when dealing with precious material, or thick and heavy paper that doesn't lend it self well to backing, or books that may have signatures of different sizes, and as such are used in a variety of conservation bindings. If at any point the binding is compromised or unwelcome, the sewing can be cut and the text can move on to another form.
In Five days over the course of a month, students will complete a fine-binding using a modified bradel structure , and are encouraged to bring any suitable materials and artwork they would wish to use.Find out more »
February 3, Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Learn how to transfer image of your own design onto the cover of a book with thin leather onlays or by inlaying leather, metal, wood or other materials. In this on day workshop you will learn about techniques and tools that will help you bring life to your bindings! Bring a simple image to try. All materials included with tuition.Find out more »
February 6-March 6, 5 Tuesday Evenings, 6 pm- 9 pm
Fold, sew, and glue paper into books! In this 18-hour introductory class you will fold accordion books and explore concertinas, sew pamphlets with paper covers, glue single pages into butterfly books, and more. This class is suitable for beginners and also for anyone looking for basic models that can be made at home without special equipment. No experience required.Find out more »
February 10-11, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Eggshell panelling has been in use in various mediums largely since the Art Deco period , and has been used in many design bindings to great effect. This course covers one simple two-step method that gives great results with little effort. Students must bring no less than 20 brown eggs cracked in two, all other materials will be provided. When finished, the panels will be recessed into the covers of a simple single-section binding.
February 24-25, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Take your journals and sketchbooks to another level by designing and binding them yourself! In this class students will learn several binding structures that will make a sketchbook more tailored to their needs. Students will explore a range of materials that are suited for everything from writing to drawing. This class is suitable for beginners and no experience required.
March 3, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Drumleaf is a simple glued book structure that is ideal for anyone looking to make books with their own work as the content. The structure lays flat, eliminates the need to print on the front and back of sheets, and can be created using almost any kind of paper! In this one day workshop, students will learn the basics of the Drumleaf structure with hard covers. Discussion will focus on best practices, problem solving, and variations of the structure.
March 3, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm or 2-5 pm
Dies can save you so much time on a project by giving you scoring lines in addition to cutting out shapes. You can even make pop ups! Get comfortable setting up the Vandercook with a die blanket and using some dies, and learn how to make the die line drawings to send out to get dies made. 3 hour workshop.
No experience required.
March 10, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Ever wanted to print a book but don’t think you have time? Printing and making books can be quick and fun! In this class we will explore three book forms that can be made from a single sheet of paper. Students will learn how set up the press for printing single page books, and will leave the class with three printed books. This is a great class for Zine makers, artists, and poets that want to start learning about making books!Find out more »
March 10, Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Have you ever wondered how books, especially older leather bound books, get their gold lettering or decorative embossments? In this one day workshop you will be taught how! Learn how to use handheld brass tools with colorful foils to add decorative elements onto the cover of your book. Registration, creating templates and touching up are some of the topics covered.Find out more »
March 11, Sunday, 10am - 4pm
Traditional gold finishing is done with handheld brass tools which are heated and then pressed into a thin leaf of gold that is adhered to the surface of the leather with glaire. Learn how to prepare your leather and practice tooling to learn what is the right temperature, how to handle the tool, and how to register your design.Find out more »