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December 16, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Do you have ideas for publishing your own books but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop is for you! In this one day class students will learn a range of possibilities for taking their own writing and pictures and binding them their very own zine. You will make your own images, play with different page layouts and learn a range of simple yet good looking binding techniques. Students will learn good craftsmanship without sacrificing the economics of a democratic multiple. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.Find out more »
December 9, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Pamphlet stitch books are a simple, but elegant way to bring a series of pages together into a book. Perfect for a story narrative or just a journal, you will see how versatile this book can be. In this one day class you will learn to stitch pages together into signatures and how to bind with both a soft and hard cover. No Experience required. All materials included in tuition. Please bring your personal tool kit including an exact-o or olfa knife, bone folder* and pin tool or awl*.Find out more »
December 9, Saturday, 10am-4pm
Make the card you’ve always wanted to give! In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. Students will use the Center’s collection of type and ornaments to compose, lock-up, register, and print their own holiday cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.Find out more »
December 2, 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 five 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 five printed books. This is a great class for Zine makers, artists, and poets that want to start learning about making books!Find out more »
December 2-3, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Are you looking to refine your binding skill set and to perfect your leather technique? The Rubow Millimeter binding may be for you! Considered a variation of a paper case binding, the Rubow Millimeter binding uses boards that are attached with a paper "bonnet" to create a case for your book with a top and bottom edge of leather. The rest of the cover is one continuous paper, usually a pastepaper made by the binder. "Millimeter" refers to the amount of leather showing. This binding is economical and yet refined. Perfect for text or image based projects
November 18-19, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
In this course, Students will learn the basics of relief carving and printing on a Vandercook letterpress. We will explore a variety of techniques such as reduction carving, two plate registration, and selective inking. Students will leave the class with the ability to print multiple copies of complex layered images.
No previous printing experience required.
November 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Explore the world of letterpress printed book cloth. In this weekend workshop you will learn the art of designing and printing book covers from the CBA's wood type collection. Students will. Design several book cloth covers using cotton muslin and bind simple books to create journals to collect their ideas. No print experience necessary.Find out more »
Aurora De Armendi
November 11-12, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
Limp bindings sewn through a rigid spine date from medieval times, c. 1375 to 1500. Originally, the black plates were made from leather, horn or wood. Rough vellum or parchment, some lined with paper were used for the coverings. In this workshop, we will make two Long-and Link-Stitch Books using two different designs for the spine and a variety of materials. These books are non-adhesive in nature and the long-and link-stitches connect the text block to the limp cover paper as a result exposing sewing patterns on the spine. We will use traditional techniques such as the fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures as well as non-traditional techniques such as covering the sewing patterns.Find out more »
November 7 - December 5, 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 »
November 7 - December 5, 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 »