Bookbinding with Paper, Thread, and Tape 2023

Event Info

This two-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

  • Saturday, February 4, 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Sunday, February 5, 10:00am–4:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on January 27, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Sarah Smith.

In this workshop participants will learn how simple binding structures can be combined, mixed, and matched to create complex and layered forms for artists’ books. We will learn Hedi Kyles’s “blizzard” and “pocket accordion” book structures, that are created from just a few sheets of carefully folded paper, followed by concertina and do-si-do books which use the accordion as their back bone with support from tape and thread.

This class is a great way to start thinking about how simple book forms can be remixed by book artists. Expect a lot of fun, paper folding, sewing techniques, and a little tape.


Required Materials:

 Required Materials:

  • Awl
  • Bone folder

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

About Sarah Smith

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 ArmendiAna 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.  

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 January 25 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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