Handmade Hardcover Books

Two set of hands working on books. Gluing, trimming paper, etc.
Two people in the process of bookbinding. Measuring, scoring paper, etc.
Elizabeth Castaldo working at a letterpress.
Elizabeth Castaldo working in CBA's iron hand press

Event Info

This workshop takes place across five sessions:

  • Mon, May 3rd 6–8pm ET
  • Mon, May 10th 6–8pm ET
  • Mon, May 17th 6–8pm ET
  • Mon, May 24th 6–8pm ET
  • Mon, May 31st 6–8pm ET

In this online five-session course, students will be introduced to various hard cover structures to make in their homes or studios. Students will learn to make three book structures: Hardcover Pamphlet Binding, Flat Backed Case Binding, and the German Case. This class is ideal for those who have taken Bookbinding 1/Introduction to Bookbinding or have prior bookbinding experience.

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you of your scholarship status before the start date of the class.

Required Materials:

The Center for Book Arts is offering an optional add-on for a 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, glue, book board, bookbinding thread, book cloth, wax paper, linen thread. You may purchase the materials kit here.*

In addition to the materials kit, there is an optional add-on for a tool kit, which includes: a bone folder, awl, bookbinding needle, metal triangle, snap-off blade knife, beeswax, and glue brush. You may purchase the tools kit here.*

* Right now, the Center for Book Arts can only ship materials and tools kits to students living within the United States or Canada.The required supplies not included in either the materials or tools kits are:

About the Instructor

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder living and working in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She received her MFA from SCAD Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Elizabeth works with printmaking, drawing, and collage to make works on paper and artists books that explore nature and the body. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts, NYC and Printmaker’s Open Forum. In 2019 Elizabeth’s work was included in the traveling exhibition, “Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered”. She organized the exchange portfolio “Earth/Mother” for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico”. She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons, Nassau Community College and the Center for Book Arts NYC. Elizabeth’s work is held in many private and institutional collections including at Savannah College of Art and Design, Carnegie Melon University, Yale University.

 All images courtesy of the instructor.

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