Letterpress, Book Design, and Binding Master Class

Centerfold of A Long Hill Homeward. Tideline Press 2022. Courtesy the artist.
Centerfold of A Long Hill Homeward. Tideline Press 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Event Info

This one-day, in-person workshop takes place at Center for Book Arts on Wednesday, October 26, from 3:00pm—6:00pm.

  • Wednesday, October 26, 3:00pm — 6:00 pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, October 19 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by Leonard Seastone. This Master Class in bookbinding and book design will be a meeting of a small group of participants with the instructor to discuss current projects together. Suggestions will be available to explore printing and binding procedures that can more fully meet the intention of the participants’ approach. Relationship of structure to content as well ideas about practicing and breaking typographic tenets will be explored. This is an opportunity to learn from an experienced printer and bookbinder, and learn about ways to improve and develop your own project.

Leonard Seastone’s practice derives its essence from the fact that originally he was self taught in how to design, print and bind. Participants in this workshop are expected to bring past and present work along with questions that have not been addressed elsewhere.

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 corina@centerforbookarts.org.

Required Materials:

  • Bring plans, designs, concepts and prints of current work along with a few examples of previous work. Focusing on the book is preferred.
  • The participants should bring the materials, books, etc., that they feel have been most helpful to them in the past. 


About Leonard Seastone

Leonard Seastone is an artist, publisher and bookmaker. He holds the first MFA in Book Arts in the US from a school of fine arts in 1988. He has received several TDC Awards, An AIGA Best Book of the Year Award 1980. Born 1950, Seastone has been making books for over 50 years. He currently lives and works in the High Peaks Region of the Northern Catskills.

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 October 19 at 11:59pm. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. Participants are required to comply with CBA’s Covid-19 health and safety measures.

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