Bookbinding II: Intro to Hardcover – Summer 2022

Event Info

This two-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, from 11:00am–5:00pm.

  • Saturday, July 30, 11am–5pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 11am–5pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, July 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 beginning hardcover bookbinding class, you will learn to make several different hardcover bindings. Students will 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. In the process, students will learn about the historical and contemporary uses of the structures learned in the book arts and artist books.

*Prerequisites: Bookbinding 1 or equivalent

Required Materials:

All staff, artists, students, and guests are required to show proof of vaccination upon entering CBA and must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times. If you have a medical or religious exemption, please email

Required Materials:

  • Pencil and paper for note-taking
  • Bookbinding awl*
  • Bone folder*
  • Olfa silver knife and blades*, or exact-o knife.

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost. Materials with an asterisk next to them are available for purchase at CBA.

About Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith, (b.1990) is from a small town in Southeastern New Mexico. In 2008 Smith moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design, where she graduated in 2012 with a BFA in communication design.

After graduating from Parsons, Smith went on to apprentice at The Center For Book Arts in Manhattan, as well as various other fine art print shops in New York City. After completing apprenticeships to hone her bookmaking and printing skills, Smith went on to work as a bookbinder and studio manager for Small Editions in Brooklyn, NY from 2013 – 2019.

The Center for Book Arts in New York, NY was integral to building Smith’s foundation in the book arts community post grad. In 2016, CBA invited her to become a teacher, where she currently conducts classes. Additionally she has taught at Printed Matter and Cooper Union.


Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on July 23 at 11:59pm. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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