The World of Boxes

Barbara Mauriello, “Women of the Bible”
Book in Clamshello Box
Paper Boxes Mounted On Portfolios
Barbara Mauriello, "Women of the Bible"

Event Info

This five-day, in-person workshop takes place at Center for Book Arts, Monday through Friday, August 15–19 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Monday, August 15, 11:00–4:00
  • Tuesday, August 16, 11:00–4:00
  • Wednesday, August 17, 11:00–4:00
  • Thursday, August 18, 11:00–4:00
  • Friday, August 19, 11:00–4:00

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Monday, August 8 at 11:59pm.


About the Workshop:

This in-person class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Barbara Mauriello.

All good books deserve boxes! That is Barbara Mauriello‘s mantra. Boxmaking is a discipline that combines technical precision with imaginative use of materials. Depending on their contents, boxes can be sober or playful. Finding the right structure for a particular book or object, and selecting materials which pay homage to the book, is where a box begins. 

Together we will analyze pros and cons of various box forms; take a deep dive into the properties of materials; and learn all of the technical details which guarantee well-crafted boxes. Students will learn how to set up a workbench; about the qualities and interactions of materials (paper, board, cloth); how to measure, cut, apply adhesives; designing the right box for a specific book or object; personalizing your boxes with artwork (photos, prints, calligraphy). 

Beginners are welcome, as are all levels!


Required Materials:

  • bone folder
  • scalpel (or other cutting tool)
  • extra blades
  • scissors
  • small metal triangle
  • spring divider (if you already own one)
  • awl
  • 2 cheap, hardware store, short-handled brushes for adhesives (1/2″ and 1 -2″)
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • pencil

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


About Barbara Mauriello

As an artist and proprietor of a bookbinding studio, Barbara Mauriello has spent over four decades making artists’ books, teaching bookbinding, and collaborating with visual artists and writers in producing limited editions of their work in the book format.

Her faculty positions include several New York institutions: Center For Book Arts; the School of Visual Arts; the International Center of Photography; Bank Street College, Graduate School of Education; and SUNY, Purchase. In addition, between 1990 and 2020, Mauriello taught in the MFA program at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.


All images courtesy of the instructor. 

Class size is limited to 8 participants to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on August 7 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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