Crossed Structure Binding

Event Info

This one-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

  • Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am–4:00 pm.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Saturday, September 9, at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person course at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Sarah Nicholls. 

The Cross Structure binding is a flexible, customizable non-adhesive binding.This 20th century design was created by Carmencho Arregui and is suitable for small editions, journals, and sketchbooks. The structure is constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine, the inner signatures are sewn to the cover, and the book opens completely flat. Students will construct two different variations of this structure. Handouts will be provided so you can continue to work on your own.

Together, the instructor and students will construct two different variations on a non-adhesive binding. Students will learn to prep signatures, sew the multiple signatures, fold the covers, and sources for materials. This is a great skill for any bookbinder!

Required Materials:

Required Materials:

  • Cutting mat
  • Olfa knife (X-acto blade will also work)
  • 12” ruler
  • Awl
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Spring dividers (optional)

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

About Sarah Nicholls

Sarah Nicholls is an artist, printmaker, and writer whose work combines language, image, visual narrative, and time. Her ongoing projects on climate change, urban ecology, and the history of science and technology include a series of letterpress pamphlets as well as participatory programs like guided urban/nature walks.

Nicholls’ limited edition artist’s books are in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, and Stanford, among others. Her work has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation, and she has participated in residencies at BRIC House in Brooklyn, the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Guttenberg Arts in New Jersey.

Nicholls teaches letterpress and book arts at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design in New York City as well as the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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 September 16 at 11:59pm. The price of this class is $210 tuition plus a $25 materials fee.

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