Bookbinding 1: Intro to Soft Cover – Spring 2022

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place via Zoom on Tuesdays, March 8–April 12 from 6–8:30pm ET:

  • Tues, Mar 8, 6–8:30pm ET
  • Tues, Mar 15, 6–8:30pm ET
  • Tues, Mar 22, 6–8:30pm ET
  • Tues, Mar 29, 6–8:30pm ET
  • Tues, Apr 5, 6–8:30pm ET
  • Tues, Apr 12, 6–8:30pm ET

About the Workshop:

In this virtual introductory workshop with Instructor Yuchen Chang, you will learn the basic use of bookbinding tools and materials, along with bookbinding structures. Students will learn about non-adhesive structures, bindings for single sheets, and other bindings that can be made with little specialized equipment.  Accordions, pamphlets, and a variety of softcover bindings will be taught during the course.

This class is ideal for those who wish to build fundamental knowledge on bookbinding, develop personal projects, and explore the intersection between the technical and the conceptual aspect of book art

Required Materials

Center for Book Arts is offering an optional materials kit* which can be shipped to students. We recommend that participants purchase this, as it guarantees that you will have all materials prepared for the book structures that will be taught in this class.

The materials kit includes:

  • All text weight and cover weight paper cut to size
  • Bookbinding thread
  • Newsprint

In addition to the materials kit, there is an optional tool kit*, which includes:

  • A bone folder
  • Awl
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Metal triangle
  • Snap-off blade knife,
  • Glue brush

* Right now, Center for Book Arts can only ship materials and tools kits to students living within the United States or Canada.

Required supplies not included in either the optional materials or tools kits are:

  • Cutting mat
  • One roll of 3M 415 tape, 1/4″ thick, or another type of double-sided tape

About the Instructor

Chang Yuchen is an artist and educator based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, clothing as portable theater, commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, MAD Museum, Offshore, Bananafish Books and Textile Arts Center. She has shown her works/performed at UCCA Dune, Taikwun, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

There are a total of twelve spots available in this workshop to ensure the optimal student-to-teacher ratio.  Register now before the class fills up!

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