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September 29-30, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-4pm
This course will teach the basics of Turkish water-based paper marbling using traditional marbling inks and acrylics. You will learn how to prepare paper for marbling and beginner to intermediate marbling techniques of mixing and applying colors, raking and combing colors into patterns, and how to lay down the paper. Over two days, you will have the skill and design to produce dozens of unique sheets to use in your other book or book-related work.Find out more »
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
September 29-30, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Before internet memes, we had broadsides—printed posters hung in public spaces to announce news, events, or advertisements. Broadsides were so often used for fiery messages that they came to have a second meaning: “a strongly worded critical attack.” Contemporary broadsides continue to have strong visual presence in NYC, and the form has also become popular for literary editions, a means to present a single poem or short work of prose as a standalone print object. In this weekend workshop, we will combine image and text to create original broadsides. We will think about text as part of a visual composition, and how text and image work together on the page. We will begin with a mini writing-workshop, and participants will use the wide variety of metal and wood type at the Center for Book Arts to create a dynamic layout. Students will also have the option to carve their own text or images using linoleum blocks. Students will learn writing techniques, linoleum cutting, and basic typesetting and letterpress printing. Each student will make a small edition of their print, and we will do a print exchange, so that all students leave with a collection of all the broadsides in addition to copies of their own print. The course is open to students of all levels and abilities.
No experience necessary.Find out more »
October 4-November 1, 5 Thursday Evenings, 6-9 pm
In this 15-hour class you will make a very traditional book: a quarter leather binding with raised cords. This intermediate/advanced class will build on the skills you practiced in Bookbinding II (A): InBoards Leather Binding. You will also have time to practice your leather paring.Find out more »
October 6, Saturday, 10 am-4 pm
Do you have ideas for publishing your own books but aren’t sure where to start? This workshop is for you! In this one day class students will learn a range of possibilities for taking their own writing and pictures and binding them their very own zine. You will make your own images, play with different page layouts and learn a range of simple yet good looking binding techniques. Students will learn good craftsmanship without sacrificing the economics of a democratic multiple. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome.Find out more »
Iviva Olenick. October 6-7, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. Inspired by Opulence and the contemporary culture of protest, in this weekend workshop, students will begin creating a stitched flag, banner or protest clothing using embroidery, appliqué and other techniques.Find out more »
October 7, Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
Drumleaf is a simple glued book structure that is ideal for anyone looking to make books with their own work as the content. The structure lays flat, eliminates the need to print on the front and back of sheets, and can be created using almost any kind of paper! In this one day workshop, students will learn the basics of the Drumleaf structure with hard covers. Discussion will focus on best practices, problem solving, and variations of the structure.
October 13-14, Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm
Do you regularly use a school press, own one, or are planning to buy? Learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs.Find out more »
October 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm
Fold, sew, and glue paper into books! In this 18-hour introductory class you will fold accordion books and explore concertinas, sew pamphlets with paper covers, glue single pages into butterfly books, and more. This class is suitable for beginners and also for anyone looking for basic models that can be made at home without special equipment. No experience required.Find out more »
October 20-21, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
We will produce a broadside using the reduction method of linoleum.Find out more »
October 27-28, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
Make the same archival-grade enclosures used by the Library of Congress. Learn alternatives to the clamshell box, a case wrapper and a self-closing wrapper. Discussion will center on conservation principles and the importance of archives. For the book artist, librarian and collector. No experience required.