Make Your Own Bookcloth

Photo courtesy of Sarah Nicholls.

Event Info

This one-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 12:00–3 pm.

  • Saturday, December 16, 12:00pm–3:00 pm. 

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at 11:59 pm. 

About the Workshop:

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

Learn two different techniques for backing cloth with paper so that it can be used to cover books. We will try both the traditional method using paste, and a more contemporary approach. These methods make it possible to fully customize your projects, and open up a world of possible materials.

Required Materials:

  • 1 clean dishtowel
  • 1 clean soft, flat bristle brush 2 – 3” wide like an inexpensive painter’s brush
  • Fabric to be backed:
    • 2 pieces of fabric cut to no larger than 12″ x 15″
    • natural fibers work best: cotton, linen, hemp, rayon
    • a tight weave is best; no gauze, lace or sheers
    • each piece should be ironed
    • if possible leave a selvedge edge attached to the fabric
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!  The price of this class is $105 for tuition plus a $25 materials fee. We look forward to seeing you soon at CBA!

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