Decorative Boxes

Event Info

This two day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA Saturday – Sunday, December 2 – 3, 2023 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

  • Saturday, December 2, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday, December 3, 10 am – 4 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on November 25th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

Join us in this weekend intensive and learn how to make beautiful boxes and enclosures for artists’ books, prints, or any other archival material. The form of the box is simple and versatile, and can be adapted to projects of almost any size or dimension. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make square or rectangular box structures including a standard tray, a box with a separate lid, and a box with an attached lid. This is a great introduction to the multi-faceted craft of box making!

In this weekend workshop, you’ll learn how to measure and cut binders’ board and paper, as well as glue and paste to create your boxes. You’ll use decorative paper to cover your boxes, so students should bring paper examples that they would like to use — hand marbled paper, paste paper, or chiyogami. (If you do not have any decorative paper, Center for Book Arts will provide some!)


Required Materials: 

    • A book or stack of sheets for measuring (no larger than 11″h x 8.5″ wide x 2″ deep).
    • Bone folder
    • scalpel with new blades

About Carolyn Chadwick 

Carolyn has been bookbinding since about 1980 when she signed on to work with English trained bookbinder Mark Tomsett in New York and worked with him for 12 years, learning on the bench. She moved on to the Conservation Department at NYPL and then to self-employment. Carolyn has taught throughout her career at a number of institutions including The Center for Book Arts, The Craft Students League and The Brookfield Craft Center.

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 November 25th at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $420 + a $25 materials fee.

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