The Drum Leaf Binding & Its Precedents: Online Workshop with Scott McCarney

In this workshop with Scott McCarney, we will produce three books popular with photographers and printmakers.

This workshop will take place across three sessions:

Mondays, November 30 – December 14, 11am-1pm EDT

In this three-session workshop, we will be making three books that are related in their ease and ingenuity of assembly: a Japanese Album, a Japanese Butterfly book, and a Drum-Leaf binding. All three books join single folded folios in distinct ways, the Drum-Leaf being a hybrid combination of the Album and Butterfly. All three use a minimum of glue, limiting the amount of moisture introduced to the book block which speeds the binding process considerably. The Drum-Leaf book is cased into an easily assembled quarter-cloth cover with a throw-back spine. Since each page spread is a single folded folio, it allows images to be printed across the gutter with no interruption, making it very popular with printmakers and photographers. Once completed, the book lies flat when opened, making it very popular with viewers.

Session one: We will make a Japanese album and a Japanese butterfly book. We’ll also make covers for these books using the “drumming” technique.

Session two: We will “drum” a stack of folded folios to create the book block for the Drum-Leaf binding.

Session three: We will make the cover and case-in the Drum-Leaf book block.

Required materials:

Supplies:

– 20 sheets of text weight paper (24 lb. copy paper or equivalent) measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches

– (optional) 4 sheets of text weight paper (24 lb. copy paper or equivalent) of a contrasting color measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to measure 5.5 x 4.25 for end papers

– 6 pieces of medium weight book board (or equivalent) measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches

– 12 sheets of medium weight paper (60# or 80# cover weight or equivalent [a standard manilla file folder is a good weight]) measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches

– (optional) 2 sheets of medium weight paper (60# or 80# cover weight or equivalent) measuring 5.5 x 8.5 inches folded in half to measure 5.5 x 4.25 inches for end papers

– 1 piece of book cloth measuring at least 3 x 7.5 inches

Tools:

– bone folder

– UHU glue stick

– PVA adhesive

– small glue brush (1/4” is great)

– ruler

– scrap paper to control glue mess

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.