One- Two- and Three-Section Booklets, Online Workshop with Scott McCarney

This workshop with Scott McCarney is an introduction to simple non-adhesive bindings for projects with three or fewer sections.

This workshop will be two sessions long:

Wednesday, October 14, 11am-1pm

Wednesday, October 21, 11am-1pm

This two-session workshop will offer instructions on binding books with one, two or three sections into paper covers. Their exposed spines display a variety of stitching that function as decoration as well as support. They are perfect for dressing up your chapbooks, zines and/or slim artists books and require no special equipment.

Participants will be introduced to nine different sewings described in Keith Smith’s book, 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings. The samples represent a cross-section of the 122 patterns described in Keith Smith’s book. A template for a sewing card will be provided to facilitate the learning of the decorative stitching.

Students should have the following materials:

– one 8.5 x 11” piece of light cardboard (cereal box weight or equivalent) for the sewing template

– 18 sheets of text weight paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches (20 or 24 lb. copy paper works), each piece folded twice into eight page sections measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches

– 9 sheets of cover weight paper measuring 5.5 x 11 inches (60 – 80 lb. is good and grain short is helpful)

– bone folder

– paper awl

– pencil

– ruler

– needles

– thread (two colors of thread would be good, but not a deal breaker)

About the Instructor:

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His bookworks can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Baku, Azerbaijan) as well as closer to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He recently concluded 16 years of teaching in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

All images provided courtesy of the instructor.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.