Bookbinding II: Intro to Hardcover

Event Info

This in-person workshop takes place in-person at CBA across a weekend intensive on Saturday & Sunday, May 21–22 from 11am–5pm

  • Sat, May 21 11am–5pm
  • Sun, May 22 11am–5pm

Registration for this workshop closes Saturday, May 14 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class with Instructor Sarah Smith will introduce students who have completed Bookbinding I (or have equivalent experience) to hardcover bookbinding.

Participants 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. In the process, participants will learn about the historical and contemporary uses of the structures learned in the book arts and artist books.

Class size is limited to 10 ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up!

Required Materials:

All participants are required to comply with CBA’s health & safety policy requiring that all visitors be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine, please contact Executive Director Corina Reynolds at in advance of your visit.

  • Participants must have completed Bookbinding 1: Intro to Bookbinding or have equivalent experience.
  • Pencil and paper for note-taking
  • Bookbinding awl
  • Bone folder
  • Olfa silver knife and blades or X-acto knife
  • Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can get stained or dirty

See if any of the materials are available in CBA’s shop–> All other materials and tools will be provided by CBA at no additional cost to the students.

About the Instructor

Sarah Smith (she/her) fell in love with the grids of Tschichold and the classic margins of medieval manuscripts, which led to her interest in lead type and paper. She interned at Center for Book Arts and was proud to learn from Aurora De Armendi, Ana Cordeiro, Yukari Hayashida, and Celine Lombardi. She also worked at Pace Ink, Harlan & Weaver, and LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies.

She learned hard work growing up on a sheep ranch, and her interest in outdoor, physical labor, as well as gendered spaces, influences her work today. Smith’s book, Her Place, deals with the frustration and desire she feels for spaces where masculine labor is praised and female-bodied people are made to feel unwelcome. “My recent work deals with inclusive versus exclusive spaces,” she says. “The traditional codex form of a book is meant to include people in their contents. The books I’ve been making take that inclusive codex form, but are damaged or altered in a way so as to shut the user out. Since we have all been in the physical space of a book, the exclusion from it feels personal.” Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop and Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries.

A lot of Smith’s time goes into helping other artists create their work, and she currently works at Small Editions and Harlan & Weaver, collaborating with artists to create editions. After many years of editioning other artists’ books, she has come full circle, focusing more on her own work and teaching bookbinding.

Images courtesy the Instructor.

Class size is limited to 10 ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Registration for this workshop closes Saturday, May 14 at 11:59pm.

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