Past Events › Bookbinding
May 18-20, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am- 4 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 »
May 12-13, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Have you ever wondered how books, especially older leather bound books, get their gold lettering or decorative embossments? In this two day workshop you will be taught how. On the first day students will learn the basics of hot-stamping with the Center’s Kensol and Kwik Print presses. On the second day students will test their hand at paper, cloth-wrapped-boards and leather to determine your own preferences for personal projects and practice. Explore the nuances of each press and the different materials, and practice with an expert binder and stamper!Find out more »
April 28, Saturday, 10am-4pm
In this one-day workshop students will make a soft-cover Coptic binding. Covers will using decorative paper and will learn the single needle sewing technique to create the beautiful Coptic stitch. We will be experimenting with decorative techniques including colored paper on the spines and various sewing patterns.
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 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 17-18, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
Make the same archival-grade enclosures used by the Library of Congress. Learn alternatives to the clamshell box, a case wrapper and a self-closing wrapper. Discussion will center on conservation principles and the importance of archives. For the book artist, librarian and collector. No experience required.