Paper Case Binding – Summer 2023

Sarah Nicholls
Image courtesy of the artist.

Event Info

This in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Saturday, August 5, from 10am–4pm

  • Saturday, August 5, 10am–4pm

About the Workshop:

In this class, students will construct two variations on a soft-cover multiple-signature binding. We’ll start off sewing our text blocks, then make two different stiff paper covers to house them. We will talk about materials, tools, sewing technique, cover variations, and endsheets.

This structure is non-adhesive, and can be constructed in a home studio with minimal specialized equipment. This kind of structure is a versatile step up from a pamphlet, and can be used to make notebooks, sketchbooks, and artist books. Beginners welcome.

Required Materials:

  • Bone Folder or teflon folder
  • Metal ruler
  • X-Acto Knife with #11 Blades or OLFA knife with blades
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Pencil
  • Spring divider (optional)

All other materials and tools will be provided by CBA at no additional cost to the students.

About the Instructor

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.


Images courtesy the Instructor. 

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before the remaining spots fill up! The registration fee for this class is $210 tuition plus a $25 materials fee. We look forward to seeing you at CBA!

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