Pamphlet Stitch and Zhen Xian Bao

Event Info

This one-day, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday, July 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Saturday, July 22, 10:00am–4:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on July 15, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Jennifer Verbit.

In this class will explore 3 basic elements, Pamphlet sewing, and two paper folded boxes-Twist Box and Rectangular Tray. These are two boxes that are typically included in the traditional Zhen Xien Bao (ZXB), Chinese Thread Book, originally a utilitarian folk art from central China used to store mending supplies. We will discusses how to use these boxes in untraditional methods to incorporate them into your own work, and explore how to scale them into multiple sizes.

In the morning we will learn each element individually, and have practice time to understand the proportions. Then in the afternoon, we will use Pamphlet, Twist Box and Rectangular Tray together to create one unique book!


Required Materials:

  • Bonefolder
  • Pin tool
  • Awl
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Any lightweight (textweight) paper you want to experiment with, to fold boxes

Paper with patterns on both sides are encouraged

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

About Jennifer Verbit

Jennifer Verbit is an NYC native. She attended Alfred University, in Western NY, where she studied painting and printmaking and graduated with a BFA. Following college, Verbit discovered the art of bookmaking, and she has been studying bookbinding for over fifteen years at Center for Book Arts. Verbit is experienced in teaching hands-on book arts skills to children, teens, adults, and senior citizens. Additionally, Verbit has been working at Paper Source for the past 6 years where she has been teaching card making and stamping techniques to adults and children.

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 July 15 at 11:59pm. Tuition for this workshop is $210 + a $25 materials fee.

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