Bookbinding I and II Intensive

Two set of hands working on books. Gluing, trimming paper, etc.
Two people in the process of bookbinding. Measuring, scoring paper, etc.
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Event Info

This five-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Monday through Friday, June 24–28 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Monday, June 24, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 27, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Friday, June 28, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on June 17, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

In this introductory yet comprehensive in-person intensive workshop taught by CBA instructor Maria Verónica San Martín, students will have the opportunity to deep-dive into both softcover binding and hardcover binding. Students will learn about non-adhesive structures, bindings for single sheets, and other bindings that can be made with little specialized equipment. Accordions, pamphlets, drum leaf books, and a variety of softcover bindings will be taught during the course. Students will also gain a foundational understanding of hardcover bookbinding including how the structure beneath the cover can affect the final result. Students will develop the skills needed to create a variety of hardcover books that will prepare them for building more complex hardcover designs such as the inboard cloth-bound book. 

Don’t miss this chance to dive into the world of bookbinding with this specialized intensive!


Required Materials:

  • Pencil and paper for note-taking
  • Bookbinding awl
  • Bone folder
  • Snap-off knife, or exact-o knife

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Maria Verónica San Martín

Maria Verónica San Martín is a Chilean, New York-based multidisciplinary artist and educator who explores the impacts of history, memory, and trauma through archives, artist books, installation, sculpture, and performance art. She was a fellow at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, holds an MA from The Corcoran School of Art and Design, George Washington University, Washington DC and a Graphic Design BA from Universidad Finis terrae, Chile. San Martin has been an artist-in-residence at The Center for Book Arts, Art OMI, Interlude, all in the New York area and AT Proyecto ACE in Argentina.

She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Immigrant Artist Biennial in New York and public art at Rockefeller Center. Her work is held in more than 60 collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. She was recently awarded the Sustainable Arts grant, and has received two New York Foundation for the Arts and three Chilean Nacional grants.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on June 17 at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $875 + a $25 materials fee.

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