WORKSHOPS

Workshops

Book Structures for Class Activities




Instructor: Roberta Lavadour - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $5.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

Visits to classrooms, senior centers, and art clubs can generate additional income for artists patching together a variety of revenue streams. It can also invigorate your art practice in unexpected ways. If you are ever asked to come to a classroom of children or a Senior Center or a group of adults and teach “something” about books, you may not have much teaching experience and feel a little uncertain about facing a large group of children or adults. Or you may be an experienced teacher but not quite sure about how to fit book creation into your curriculum. This is a class for you. Participants will look at folded and simply sewn structures that lend themselves to different subjects and concepts, learn tips for leading large groups and learn to adapt tools and materials to different age groups. Students will leave class with a set of teaching models.


Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student
none


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
all materials

TEXTURE SCREENING




Instructor: Cindy Shaw
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

Using a silkscreen we will place textures such as, leaves, stencils, corrugated cardboard, textured cloth, and doilies, to name a few, under the screen. Then using fiber reactive dyes with a thickener, transfer the texture onto papers and/or cloth, releasing the dye making beautiful one-of-a-kind designs. I will teach various techniques using different tools to get some stunning screened art to use in your own art. Come with an open mind to explore this medium. It can get a little messy so be prepared! Happy accidents welcome and ask yourself what if......?


Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
apron
rubber gloves
hair dryer

padding for the table: one old flat twin bed sheets and one old light-weight blanket from a thrift store

can be folded to make a good padded surface; the sheet and blanket should be smooth as any texture will be picked up in the screening process; the sheet and blanket will pick up a lot of dye in this process and cannot be used again as bedding textures to screen

making your own stencils is ideal to make your pieces more personal; use durable material so the stencil can be used repeatedly

papers such as watercolor, drawing, tissue: sizes can vary and large pieces are great for screening multiple times and layering; white and light colored papers are best

a few different sizes and shapes of paint brushes
foam brushes


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
all dyes and ingredients for screening
screens
prepared cotton
papers
textures to share

THE INVISIBLE MARK - RESIST TECHNIQUES




Instructor: Angela Batchelor - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $20.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

This class will explore multiple resist techniques that can be used to decorate papers or add depth to your artwork. We will experiment with a variety of dry and wet medias to create sample cards of each technique that will be assembled into a handy book to refer to after the class. Students will learn how to use low-tech and sometimes unassuming materials to create rich layered surfaces. This is a great way to incorporate expressive marks and textures into your artwork.


Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student
bone folder
UHU glue stick
2-4 round and flat watercolor brushes
set of colored pencils
set of watercolor paints
invis-marknotebook and pencil
apron
paper towels
scissors
12" metal ruler


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
paper
resist materials
water containers
paper trimmer
ribbon

ADVENTURES IN EMBOSSING




Instructor: Janice Fisher
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $10.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

Janice Fisher has developed a technique to create beautiful, intricate, hand embossing using simple materials and tools. She has used these techniques to produce flowers, gardens, animals, abstract images, desert landscapes and even an embossing of the first atomic bomb test. These embossing techniques will add beauty and meaning to your calligraphy and book art. You will learn how simple elements can be used to provide design accents or be combined to create landscapes and scenes. The key elements of graphic design, image selection, simplification and layering will be covered. Tools, paper selection, stencil production, design principles and perspective will be covered. Each student will leave the class with set of stencils they produced and the techniques to create beautiful hand embossing.


Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
notebook (optional for taking notes)
Canson Mi-Teintes paper: 1 sheet (white and or off white)
blank white paper to draw your patterns on, 4 to 5 pieces

X-Acto Knife #11 Classic Fine Point Blade. Make sure you have sharp blades and extra blades in case they break

embossing stylus tool(s): A wood embossing tool will be provided, but you may

want additional tools (see optional tools below).
pencils: 2 sharp #2 pencils
cutting mat
scissors: fine tip
eraser
ruler


Optional Supplies:

embossing stylus: I typically use three sizes of styluses a 1mm, 2mm and 3mm.

light box: If you have a light box please bring it, again this will be useful but not required.

power cords: If you bring a light box please bring a power cord.
bone folder: If you have one you may find it useful
glue stick: UHU-Stic
Gilbert Bond paper: 1 sheet


Materials/ Equipment to be provided by instructor:
instruction sheets
sample papers
file folders
tape
wood dowel tool
tracing paper
wax paper
glue stick
thumb tacks
plastic bags
wood embossing tool
glue applicators
hole punches
erasers

APPROACHING PERFECT IMPRESSION ON ANY LETTERPRESS




Instructor: Peter Fraterdeus - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $15.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

This course will be enlightening for anyone who is interested in or currently printing with a letterpress. Small table-top C&P and Kelsey presses are popular with many printers and hobbyists. However, many printers find a lot of frustration trying to get good consistent printing from the press. Examining the small table-top presses available at the conference venue, we will learn to evaluate the condition of the press, the rollers, and the impression which the press is capable. We will adapt our process and technique to the presses at hand, and using a variety of techniques seek to produce exquisite impressions of tiny pages. We'll mix inks and check and adjust the roller height, and discover what exactly to look for with the 8x magnifying loupe— "the most important tool in the printshop." The end result will be a small print edition, but more importantly, understanding the evaluation and problem-solving checklists for any sort of relief printing process. If you have your own 5” x 8” Kelsey Letterpress you are welcome to bring it to class BUT it should be in good working order with rollers in excellent condition. This is not a repair class but rather a “tune-up” class for working presses.


Date: Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
none


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
printable photoengravings (cuts)
paper
worksheets
materials used in the process of makeready

DECORATIVE BOX MAKING




Instructor: Pietro Accardi - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

Using binder’s board and marbled paper, learn to construct a box with drawers and a letter holder in this two-day workshop. Not only for housing books, handmade boxes have a variety of functions. This course will teach the basics of decorative box construction. In this workshop, students will create a rounded letter holder, as well as a box with drawers. By mastering the basic templates for these box models, students will gain the necessary skills for other varieties of boxes, while also enhancing their bookbinding skills. The instructor will bring a sample collection of boxes for discussion of aesthetics and design to be used throughout the workshop.

 

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
pencil with eraser
X-acto knife with extra blades
scissors
steel-edged ruler
apron
medium glue brush
marbled or other paper if desired


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binder’s board
glue
marbled paper

PAPER CASE BINDING




Instructor: Andrew Huot - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $45.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

Paper has been used for book covers long before the modern paperback. Since the 16th century, paper covers have proven to be strong and attractive. This class will explore the use of paper for making covers for hand-sewn books, concentrating on three paper covered books with sewn pages: one on supports and laced into the cover, another with a linking stitch and a pasted cover, and a long stitch that shows on the spine while attaching the pages. Participants will go home with three hand made books to use as sketchbooks or journals, or to give as a gifts.

 

Date: Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
scissors
awl
sewing needles
metal ruler
cutting mat
X-acto or Olfa knife

Optional:
Japanese Screw Punch


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
flax case paper
text paper
leather
thread
linen cord
adhesive

FROM PLANT TO PAPER TO PAGE




Instructor: Megan Singleton - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $65.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

In this three-day workshop participants will learn the basics of making paper from local plant materials, then use those papers to create unique one of a kind soft- and hard-cover pamphlet-stitch books. Engaging in the papermaking process, especially when using local plant fibers, allows people to experience a magical transformation while learning about plants and a new artistic medium simultaneously. Participants will learn the preparation methods of collecting, cooking, beating fiber, and mixing fiber with high shrinkage abaca followed by Western sheet formation. We will discuss different types of plants suitable for making paper throughout the day while creating beautiful, textural papers from a variety of plant fibers. Creative techniques such as layering pulps and creating simple stencils will also be demonstrated. This papermaking exploration will include a demonstration of wet working techniques to create sculptural book forms. Day two will conclude with a variety of simple bookbinding techniques utilizing the pamphlet stitch with soft- and hard-covers, as well as natural inclusions, such as sticks and found objects, incorporated into the sewing. Students will leave the workshop with a variety of handmade papers, both flat and sculptural, and numerous small sample books


Date: Wednesday Thursday, and Friday June 21, 22, 23, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
awl
glue brush
apron
waterproof shoes or sandals
Pellon interfacing
pliers


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
moulds and deckles
pulp
vats
felts
squeeze bottles
soda ash
pigments
retention aid
formation aid
sponges
bamboo skewers
wire
sewing needle
linen thread

CATHEDRAL OF STORIES




Instructor: Jill K. Berry - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 
Workshop description:

Create a sacred space for your abstracted and intimate stories in this layered artist book. Enter the space through a carved copper door, wander through illustrated spreads and create a small altar of offerings. Make this hardcover cathedral book while also learning new techniques with copper, clay, paint finishes and framed illustrations. We will illustrate a page with provided imagery prompts and then deconstruct it to make the pages for our book. Do not worry, no art experience is necessary! This book was featured in 1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art by Peter and Donna Thomas.


Date: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 21, 22, and 23, 2017


Prerequisites
Familiarity with acrylic paint
Experience with precision cutting and folding


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
1 sheet Arches Cover Black
steel ruler
cutting tool
cutting mat
pencil
bone folder
brushes for acrylic and watercolor
small metal/craft ephemera or charms
beads
small hammer
stylus or dull pencil
watercolor crayons if you have them


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
boards and papers for book
sheet copper
brads and nails
adhesives
clay
paints
wax
beads
linen thread
sandpaper
steel wool
Dremel
watercolor crayons
watercolors

TRADITIONAL LEATHER BINDING




Instructor: Sam Ellenport - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Materials Fee: $85.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

During the three-day workshop, students will learn to work with leather and will produce leather bindings using traditional methods. Students will measure, cut, pare and cover a number of books in a variety of binding styles. Historical differences in binding techniques will be discussed. Students will learn to prepare books for leather binding. They will produce several one-quarter and three-quarter bindings as well as a full-leather binding. While books will be provided, students may bring their own. These should be small and already sewn. Students may bring their own leather, though materials will be provided. At the workshop’s end, students will have several books bound in leather but not decorated.


Date: Wednesday Thursday, and Friday June 21, 22, 23, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
leather
bone folder
scissors
straight edge
box-cutting knife
self-healing mat for cutting
paste brush
sheet of decorative paper
skiving knife if possible (there will be knives available at the store for sale)


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
paste
handouts
cloth
binders board
filler board
ining papers
wax paper
brushes
case folders (these will also be on sale in the store)

LEATHER DROP-SPINE BOX WITH ROUNDED SPINE




Instructor: Jana Pullman - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $50.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description:

This attractive box has the appearance of a book and can be custom made to fit a book or small object. In this class you will be guided through the steps in making a quarter-leather drop-spine box with a rounded spine and raised bands. Everyone will make the same-size box using precut materials and we will also learn measuring and cutting techniques so you can make boxes on your own when you return home.


Date: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 21, 22, and 23, 2017


Prerequisites

How to determine paper grain & match the grain to different book component

How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
knife for cutting paper and book board
metal ruler
teflon bone folder
glue brushes
scissors
pencil
small 45º triangle
sandpaper block
cutting mat


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
book board
leather for spine
marbled paper
book cloth
lining paper

THE HISTORIC JAPANESE BOOK: FROM WASTE PULP TO WOODBLOCKS




Instructor: Anne Covell - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $50.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

The Japanese stab binding has been used for centuries as a simple and elegant structure for bookmaking, but little is known today about how the covers for these familiar bindings were made. Likely created from layers of poor-quality recycled paper covered with an outermost layer of thin, high-quality dyed paper that was either burnished or embossed for decoration, these soft and flexible bindings have withstood the test of time. However, due in part to its designation as a lowly craft, little of the process used to create these covers survives in the historic record. Through exploration, we will try to uncover how these covers were made. In this workshop, students will explore processes of papermaking, cover decoration, and binding to create historic stab bindings as they were likely produced during the Edo Period (1603-1868) in Japan. Beginning from raw and recycled fibers, we will learn the fundamentals of traditional Nagashizuki papermaking as well as Tamezuki, papermaking to create soft and supple papers. Once they are dry, we will use the papers we have made to create unique laminated covers for use in our bindings. We will explore historic methods of cover decoration including burnishing, embossing, and resist dyeing. In addition to one or more completed stab bindings, students can expect to create a collection of sample cover papers that will be bound into a sample book that they can take home for further exploration.


Date: Wednesday Thursday, and Friday June 21, 22, 23, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
small glue brush/paste brush
awl
cutting tool such as scalpel, X-acto knife, or Olfa snap-blade knife
blunt-tipped needle
tweezers
ruler
small self-healing cutting mat


Optional:
dividers


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
4-6 small vats
2 Japanese sugeta
beating mallets
2 deckle boxes or small moulds
felts for top and bottom of posts
Pellon/interfacing
plexiglass sheets or boards for drying covers
hammers or mallets (shared use, 1 per every 3-4 students)
bookcloth for corner guards (1/4 yard)
hake brushes
binders clips
Thai kozo (2-4 lbs. depending on size of class)
formation aid
wheat paste
book board .070, 2 sheets
headband silk thread, 8-10 spools
persimmon tannin 32ml
natural indigo dye kit
clove 8 oz.
8-12 packs sumi paper
carved woodblocks
comb shaped brushes
metal/textile mesh
handouts on Japanese stab binding
historic examples of Japanese stab bound books and recycled paper covers

THE JAPANESE-SCREEN STRUCTURE




Instructor: Margo Klass click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

 

 

Workshop description: 

The Japanese-screen structure is a form of board book that offers many possibilities for the book artist. The structure is sturdy, can be scaled up or down, and folds flat for storage. It can be variously configured to three, five, or more panels and can be constructed to accommodate both two- and three-dimensional content. Best of all, it displays easily. In this workshop we will discuss the creative uses of this structure and its variations, and then construct a basic five-panel screen using pre-cut boards and Japanese papers to learn the process of hinging and covering the panels. We will then create variations of this basic structure as models for future work.


Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
cutting mat (minimum size 18 x 24”)
X-acto knife
quilter’s rulers (see-through, variously sized, including 2” x 18”)
bone folder
glue brush(es) (¾” - 1” flat or round, with stiff bristles)
scissors
pencil
eraser


Optional:
graduated metal edges


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
pre-cut book boards
uncut boards
Japanese kozo papers, various colors
wax paper
extra rulers
models
handouts

RETHINKING PASTE PAPERS




Instructor: Jackie Wygant - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $26.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

 

 

Workshop description: 

We will explore the possibilities for making unique multi-layer paste papers using clear, lightly tinted, highly colorful, opaque and metallic methyl cellulose pastes. We will also use underlying shape and texture stencils for rubbings, frottage and scraffito effects for some of the layers. During the final hour of the class, traditional combs, stamps and rollers will be available for further exploration. No experience is necessary, but this is not a traditional beginning paste paper class. The instructor will provide twenty sheets of various colored and textured papers for each student to use for the multi- layer process. Students are welcome to bring additional paper which must be strong enough to withstand wetting and no larger than 14” X 20”.


Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
apron
pencil
scissors
a portfolio or piece of cardboard for transporting damp papers
gloves, if desired

additional papers if you want, no bigger than 14” x 20” and able to withstand wetting


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
various colored and textured papers
prepared methyl cellulose paste
brushes
combs
stencils
stamps
detailed written instructions

COLLECTING AND KEEPING: CHINESE THREAD BOOKS




Instructor: Jennie Hinchcliff - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 2 days

 

 

Workshop description: 

Using folding techniques akin to origami, the Chinese Thread Book structure provides endless possibilities for both book artists and printmakers. Used by the Miao women of Southeastern China, these portable book/boxes can carry small items such as thread, textiles, or paper scraps, while maintaining the capability to fold flat. Although practical and beautiful, this ingenious book structure can be challenging in its assembly. In this two-day workshop, students learn clear-cut techniques for creating their own version of the Chinese thread book. By building a series of models, workshop attendees acquire the necessary steps to create multiple versions of the structure. Utilizing a variety of folds to construct containers and pockets, students build both a hardcover and softcover book by the end of the workshop. Additionally, students will be able to plan and design their own Chinese thread book.


Date: Thursday and Friday June 22 and 23, 2017


Prerequisite skills:
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board
Students for this class should be comfortable scoring and folding paper
Knowledge of Origami is useful as well as ease with fractions/decimals.


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
X-acto knife with extra blades
bone folder
pencil
burnishing tool such as a Grifhold Burnisher Set (available online via Dick Blick)
right-angle triangle (small or medium size)
inexpensive small, flat, bristle brush for glue
a pair of full-sized sharp scissors
bookbinder’s awl or an icepick
rubber stamps or additional drawing tools for creating imagery


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
instructional handouts
sample books
Davey board
decorative papers
cover stock
book cloth in a variety of colors
a limited selection of art tools and supplies such as colored pencils, rubber stamps, inkpads

The Twined Binding




Instructor: Roberta Lavadour - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $15.00
Length of workshop: 4 days



Workshop description:

Students will create a small journal in a binding style designed by the instructor. Inspired by basket twining, the finished book is a durable structure that provides opportunities to explore spine designs and closure options. Confident beginners are welcome but this may not be ideal as a first attempt at binding. This class will include some homework.


Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2017


Prerequisites:
attention to detail
manual dexterity


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
Teflon bone folder
metal ruler
small cutting mat


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
flax paper
waxed linen thread
magnets
binder’s board
book weights
rht

Dramatic Pop-Up Structures for Miniature Books




Instructor: Shawn Sheehy - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $35.00
Length of workshop: 4 days



Workshop description:

Impossibly large images create excitement in a pop-up book. Strategies for creating these expansive structures are useful in miniature books, as they allow the artist to increase the drama and expand the content. Using cardstock and a small set of simple hand tools, students will build and bind a wide range of structures that move above, beyond and behind the page. The final day of the workshop will be dedicated to independent projects. Beginners are welcome; experienced participants will explore pop-ups in a whole new way.


Date:Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
steel ruler
X-acto knife with extra blades
self-healing mat
pencil
scissors
tweezers


Optional:
microspatula

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
110# white card stock
415 double stick tape
patterns for structures
quality colored card stock
14-ply Davey board
tyvek
paper spine wrap

INTRODUCTION TO EUROPEAN PAPER MARBLING




Instructor: Pietro Accardi - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description: 

Introduction to European Paper Marbling will teach students the basics of Western-style marbling. In the morning, students will prepare their own tray with size. During the maturation of the size, the instructor will offer discussion and demonstration regarding the history of marbling and the use of marbling paints. He will explain the use of rakes and combs to produce classic traditional patterns used in bookbinding, as well as more creative expressions. The class will give ample time for guided and solo practice in the afternoon.

 

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student
Apron
Gloves if desired


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
20 sheets of 14 x 20 paper per student
marbling paint
carrageenan
alum
rakes and combs
large trays

NAG HAMMADI CODEX




Instructor: Andrew Huot
Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
Materials Fee: $70.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description: 

In this workshop we will create a sketchbook or journal based on historic examples of the earliest book structures. The Nag Hammadi bindings carried the Gnostic Gospels, discovered in a cave in Egypt in 1945. It contains a folded set of pages covered by a stiff leather cover. Ties at the top and bottom and a flap over the fore-edge will protect your notes and sketches on the pages.

 

Date: Friday, June 23, 2017


Prerequisite skills:
How to thread a needle and wax the thread

How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures

How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components

Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text block for codex book


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student
bone folder
scissors
awl
sewing needles
metal ruler
cutting mat
X-acto or Olfa knife
needlenose pliers.


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
French split goatskin leather
text paper
10 pt card
adhesive

OPTIMIZE YOUR CREATIVITY IN BOOK ARTS AND BEYOND




Instructor: Susan M. Callan - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $10.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

 

 

Workshop description: 

We automatically expect our own creativity to just kick in when we begin a project and sometimes that happens. But sometimes the flow is a bare trickle, or nothing at all. In this workshop students will learn to easily recognize their own strengths and weaknesses; they will uncover aspects of themselves that can work as clues to heed in times of drought; and simultaneously, they will re-discover unlikely sources of inspirations. Each student is a different, unique individual! Students will learn what situations are best for them. They will be gently introduced to their fears around creativity and then learn tricks to turn fears into pride-producing successes. The exercises for accomplishing all this are fun, creative warm-up games, mini-lectures and total-participation discussions. In addition we will do three creative expression challenges: make a creatively inspiring Weathergram and two accordion books. Through these processes they will come to appreciate the fact that their own curiosity and willingness to take risks are their greatest creative allies. Students will leave the conference with a Weathergram, two accordion books, the instructor’s Booklet of Creativity References, and most important of all, a new appreciation of their own creative potential and the new tools they now have at hand to take their creativity to the next level.


Date: Friday, June 23, 2017


Materials/Equipment to be supplied by Student:
pencil
kneaded eraser
X-acto knife or cutter and blades
cork-backed metal ruler
cutting mat
bone folder
glue stick
colored pencils or markers
scissors
favorite embellishments


Materials/Equipment to be supplied by Instructor:

All materials needed for making and embellishing/augmenting the mini-poster/Weathergram and the two Accordion books

handout: Booklet of Creativity References

LETTERPRESS PRINTING: CREATE AN ARTIST BOOK
FROM START TO FINISH




Instructor: Bonnie Thompson Norman - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description:

Working together as collaborators on a special theme for both text and image, we will create and produce a small edition letterpress printed artist's book. Participants will set type by hand with texts selected from books of quotes (provided). The illustrations will be created by constructing tangram puzzles. Printing and binding will be done by hand as well to produce one collaborative book. Each person works on a page or pages and everyone will get copies of the book.


Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23, 24, and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
none


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
book of quotes
paper
board
book cloth
thread

POCHOIR: THE ART OF FRENCH STENCILING




Instructor: Margo Klass - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $35.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

 

 

Workshop description:

Pochoir is a printmaking technique made popular by French fashion illustrators from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Images are composed of layers of vivid color, each printed using separate, carefully cut, and reusable stencils. The resulting print is characterized by crisp edges and an immediacy of freshly applied color. On the first day workshop participants will design and cut stencils creating a personal vocabulary of forms based on a theme or concept. Continuing into day two, these forms will be used to compose and produce a series of sequential images for a drum leaf binding which will be bound and completed on day three.


Date: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23, 24, and 25, 2017


Prerequisite skills:
How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different components of a book
How to glue up paper or cloth
Knows how to use an X-acto knife comfortably and with precision
Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text-block for codex book


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
cutting mat (minimum size 18 x 24”)

X-Acto knife (with several extra blades)

quilter’s rulers (see-through, variously sized, including 2 x 18”)
bone folder
glue brush (about ¾” flat or round, with stiff bristles)
6-8 small stiff-bristle brushes for mixing paints
scissors
pencil
eraser

Optional:
graduated metal edges
tweezers


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
stencil material
stencil brushes
mixing brushes
gouache paints
palettes
text paper (Rives BFK)
cover paper (Arches Text Wove)
mat board
book cloth
wax paper
tracing paper
glue sheets/barrier sheets
clamps
slates
backing paper
cap papers
handouts

COPTIC STITCHING





Instructor: Megan Singleton - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $55.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

The day will be spent creating three Coptic-bound books. We will bind the first two books traditionally by sewing signatures, and with the third book students will learn how to bind a single page Coptic-sewn book. All book board will be pre-cut, students will learn how to fold and stab signatures, and create a simple stabbing cradle from book board and tape. Students will leave the workshop with Coptic stitch instructions and three completed blank books.


Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
awl
glue brush
assorted papers to personalize covers or signature pages


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
Bristol vellum
assorted cover papers
book board
linen thread
curved needle
wax paper

BASIC CLOTH REPAIR




Instructor: Sam Ellenport - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

This one-day workshop will introduce students to the basic techniques of repairing cloth books of lesser-to-middling value, which do not always warrant the use of techniques that meet the higher standards of the American Institute of Conservation. However, almost all techniques shown will be reversible, using non-acidic materials. Areas covered will be split joints, detached covers, relining and strengthening spines and text-block, and reusing original covers. Simple solutions for broken sewing, detached pages, and split signatures will also be discussed, as will corner damage to covers. The idea of the workshop is to make broken books usable in a pragmatic and efficient way. Students are encouraged to bring in several books with varying problems for either hands-on treatment or discussion.


Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
straight edge
scissors
bench knife or box-cutter
paste brush
small brush

Optional:
self-healing mat for cutting
micro-spatula.


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
paste
handouts
cloth
binders’ board
filler board
lining and endpapers
headbands
wax paper
brushes
case folders (these will also be on sale in the store)
shirt-knives (these will also be on sale in the store)
bull-dog clips.

CREATIVE CAROUSEL BOOKS: SURPRISING SPACES, LIVELY LAYERS




Instructor: Jennie Hinchcliff
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $20.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

What kind of book provides all the surprise of a pop-up, and the “wow!” factor of a tunnel book? Carousel books, that’s what! Also known as a “star” book, this structure provides endless opportunities for design and experimentation. In this day-long workshop, students are guided through the process of planning, creating, and constructing a carousel book. In-class discussions include calculating page measurements and layout/design for different sizes of carousel books – a process that appears daunting, but isn’t as tricky as it seems. Students will leave class with a complete project.


Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017


Prerequisite skills:

How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures

How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components

How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board


Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text block for codex book


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
X-acto knife with extra blades
bone folder
pencil
ruler
right angle triangle (small or medium size)
inexpensive small, flat bristle brushes (for PVA glue)
a pair of full size, sharp scissors
bookbinding awl

additional papers/ephemera that might be used as decoration for book covers such as photos, collage elements, etc

tools for mark-making, drawing, or rubber stamping such as watercolor pencils, pen and ink, photos for collage, rubber stamps, inkpads, etc.


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
instructional handouts
book samples
Davey board for book covers
decorative paper for book covers and endsheets
textblock paper for book pages
waxed linen thread, needles
PVA glue

a limited selection of art tools and supplies such as colored pencils, rubber stamps, inkpads, mark-making tools

A PAINTED JOURNAL




Instructor: Bonnie Stahlecker
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $15.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

Make your own medium-sized sketchbook or journal that has an exposed spine and painted covers. The binding allows the book to open completely flat to any page, making it great to draw or write in. The binder’s board covers are transformed with many layers of glazing paint with a recessed niche for a unique shrink-art label. The book will be sewn on decorative tapes that are then laced into the covers and held closed with a loop and bone clasp. Participants will bring to the class the paper of their choice for the pages, mixing and matching to suit the media they like to use. Each participant will complete one binding during the workshop.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:

paper(s) of your choice for the text block: select paper that fits with the media you plan on using in the journal (watercolor, pen and ink, etc.) The journal’s format can be either portrait or landscape. Longest measurement is 9”. You will need approximately nine sections of three to five folios each (that depends on the weight of the paper.) Pre-fold the paper and see if the spine is about ¾” in thickness. Remember to keep grain direction parallel to the fold.

acrylic paint: 3-5 small tubes of your favorite colors
paint brushes: flat, small and medium size
metal ruler (12”)
triangle
pencil
scissors
bone folder
heavy-duty utility knife with new blades
X-acto knife and sharp blades
cutting mat
glue brush: small and medium size
colored pencils
1-3 rubber stamps: about 3” in size, to make the shrink-art labels


Optional:
divider
jeweler’s saw
dusk mask
apron
tweezers
reading glasses
hair dryer (to speed up the drying process)


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binder’s board (.080 point, double layers)
decorative tapes
thread 18/3
bone clasps
methyl cellulose
sandpaper (220 and 400 grit)
shrink art material
Dixie cups
chisels
2 Jeweler’s saws and blades
small drill
hair dryers
numerous small tools such as punching cradles, needles, awls, etc.
handouts

A PAINTED JOURNAL




Instructor: Bonnie Stahlecker
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $15.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

Make your own medium-sized sketchbook or journal that has an exposed spine and painted covers. The binding allows the book to open completely flat to any page, making it great to draw or write in. The binder’s board covers are transformed with many layers of glazing paint with a recessed niche for a unique shrink-art label. The book will be sewn on decorative tapes that are then laced into the covers and held closed with a loop and bone clasp. Participants will bring to the class the paper of their choice for the pages, mixing and matching to suit the media they like to use. Each participant will complete one binding during the workshop.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:

paper(s) of your choice for the text block: select paper that fits with the media you plan on using in the journal (watercolor, pen and ink, etc.) The journal’s format can be either portrait or landscape. Longest measurement is 9”. You will need approximately nine sections of three to five folios each (that depends on the weight of the paper.) Pre-fold the paper and see if the spine is about ¾” in thickness. Remember to keep grain direction parallel to the fold.

acrylic paint: 3-5 small tubes of your favorite colors
paint brushes: flat, small and medium size
metal ruler (12”)
triangle
pencil
scissors
bone folder
heavy-duty utility knife with new blades
X-acto knife and sharp blades
cutting mat
glue brush: small and medium size
colored pencils
1-3 rubber stamps: about 3” in size, to make the shrink-art labels


Optional:
divider
jeweler’s saw
dusk mask
apron
tweezers
reading glasses
hair dryer (to speed up the drying process)


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binder’s board (.080 point, double layers)
decorative tapes
thread 18/3
bone clasps
methyl cellulose
sandpaper (220 and 400 grit)
shrink art material
Dixie cups
chisels
2 Jeweler’s saws and blades
small drill
hair dryers
numerous small tools such as punching cradles, needles, awls, etc.
handouts

LILY’S BOOK: CHARMING CANVAS BOOK WITH POCKETS




Instructor: Leighanna Light
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

In this workshop you will create a sweet but sturdy book that is made entirely of canvas and embellishments. You will learn basic bookbinding skills and we will experiment with texture gels, gesso, plaster, molding paste, and ink to create fabulous backgrounds and pages. The book is about 5” x 7” but can grow larger after we add embellishments. The canvas pages are hardy and durable resulting in a book that can travel far and survive your most adventurous trips. We will fill the book with pockets which are perfect for your souvenirs, and secret compartments for those writings you do not want to share with the world. I love to show off my art journals, but I find that this sometimes prevents me from writing all that I want to say. The secret compartments let you write your heart out and still have a gorgeous art book to show to your friends! This is a fun, intense class with multiple steps, techniques and supplies. You will leave with a gorgeous art book that will be treasured for years to come.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student

canvas: 36” x 41”, unstretched, unprimed. IMPORTANT- PLEASE GESSO BOTH SIDES OF THE CANVAS BEFORE COMNG TO CLASS. It doesn’t need to be expensive canvas, but the thicker the better. Gesso the canvas yourself. This makes a big difference in the way the canvas reacts to the ink. You can tear the canvas in half (36” x 20-1/2”) for packing purposes, but please do not tear it any smaller. You can purchase canvas at Dick Blick: http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-no-12-heavy-weight-cotton-canvas-rolls/

Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso: white, medium bodied, at least 6 oz.

Crafters Pick, The Ultimate Glue, 8 oz. bottle: this glue is best for this project. Please, NO SUBSTITUTES. You can purchase this glue at http://www.crafterspick.com/

Golden Fiber Paste: available at http://www.dickblick.com/items/00628-1405/ acrylic paint: a few of your favorite colors. I am in love with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints, which are available online or at Michaels.

brushes: several inexpensive small- and medium-sized brushes used to apply paint and glue.

palette knife
bookbinder’s awl
bone folder
12” metal ruler
pencil with an eraser
apron
rags
sewing scissors
lace and fabric or other special materials that you would like to add to your book


Optional:

Adirondack Re-Inkers Dye Ink: this is NOT alcohol ink, two or three bottles of your favorite colors.

extra fibers and beads: some are included in your class kit, but if you would like to add your own, please bring them.

waxed linen thread: I provide a neutral color in your kit, if you’d like another color, please bring it

any other acrylic texture gels that you love
a craft heat gun: not an industrial type heat gun
stencils and rubber stamps: I bring plenty to share, but feel free to bring your favorites


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
needles
waxed linen thread
fibers
cheesecloth
textured mesh
sandpaper
waxed paper
pockets
lace and ephemera
instructor’s hand carved stamps
tools and other consumables

EUROPEAN MARBLING ON FABRIC
& BINDING IN THE NORTHERN ITALIAN TRADITION




Instructor: Pietro Accardi - click for bio
Skill Level: intermediate/attentive and dedicated Beginners
Materials Fee: $37.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description: 

Take your marbling skills to the next level while learning to marble on fabric and expand your bookbinding knowledge by using your own marbled fabric to bind a journal in the Northern Italian tradition. Students will begin on the first day with the introduction of marbling on fabric. With the instructor they will work on patterns with an eye for nuance. The main focus will be on marbling fabric to create book cloth, and techniques for other textile uses will also be discussed.


On day two, using the marbled fabric they created, students will create book cloth to use on the cover of the book they will bind. The instructor will teach his unique binding style based on methods used in contemporary Northern Italy. Each student will leave with a hand-bound book covered in fabric they patterned and marbled.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Prerequisites
How to sew a kettle stitch
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
apron
gloves if desired
extra paper or fabric if desired


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
10 pieces of mercerized fabric size 15x22
16 sheets of paper 14x20
marbling paints
carrageenan
alum
marbling trays

ARCHIVAL BOXES AND ENCLOSURES




Instructor: Andrew Huot - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

Looking for a way to protect a fragile book or store a collection of prints or photographs? Conservation boxes and enclosures are the best way to protect and house your collections and fragile objects, such as books, prints, photographs, and small ephemera. Participants in this class will construct a number of boxes, slipcases, and enclosures to protect and display treasured items. The enclosures include an inset box, wrapper with a case, self-closing wrapper, two slipcases, a corrugated drop spine box and a storage book.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Prerequisite skills:
How to fold paper using a bone folder
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
scissors
awl
sewing needles
metal ruler
cutting mat
X-acto or Olfa knife
triangle


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binder’s board
card
paper
book cloth
corrugated archival board
Tyvek
adhesive

FOLDED BOOK EXPLOSION




Instructor: Angela Batchelor - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

Folded books have the ability to delight and surprise. These beautiful structures incorporate origami and modular constructions that appear complex but are often simple to make. This class will explore over twenty folded book variations that can be used to make greeting cards or entire books. We will begin with folded books, starting with simple constructions such as instant one-page books and basic origami folds and progressing to more complex structures such as the blizzard book, Turkish fold, and Hungarian fold. Day two we will continue making complex folded books, add soft and hard covers with ribbon ties and sewn signatures. Students will come away with a lovely collection of small folded books.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
glue stick (UHU)
notebook for taking notes
pencil
12” metal ruler
self-healing mat or cutting surface
bookbinding needle
needle tool
small binder clips
X-acto knife
scissors
acid free double-sided tape


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
book board
mat board
decorative and colored paper
paper trimmer
thread
PVA glue
glue brushes
ribbon

FLEXIBLE BOOK STRUCTURES




Instructor: Helen Hiebert
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description:

In this workshop we’ll create a variety of panel structures with unique hinges that can be utilized to make books, lanterns, folding screens wall or window hangings. We’ll make a shadow lantern, composed of lightweight balsa-framed panels, featuring cut-outs that cast shadows onto a second layer of paper. We’ll construct envelope folding screens with an adapted piano hinge. We’ll explore paper weaving with a lantern or wall/window hanging construction, and we’ll create an inflatable ball structure that magically transforms from two- into three-dimensions with a bit of hot air. As we make these structures, we’ll also explore ways to layer, fold and weave papers.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:

⅛” – ¼” children’s or artist’s paintbrush for gluing a large 1”-2” brush for applying glue to larger areas

ruler
bone folder
sharp pencil
scissors

X-acto knife that uses #11 blades and extra blades or other type of X-acto that you are comfortable using cutting mat (approx. 12” x 18”)

small notebook if you like to take notes

Optional:
rubber stamps & ink

I will supply the papers you need, but feel free to bring additional papers for your individual projects ranging from light weight card stocks to decorative papers that fold easily and look good when illuminated or held up to the light

Any other favorite bookbinding tools


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
decorative papers
envelopes
tracing paper
bamboo skewers
PVA glue
templates
tea lights
plastic place mat material for cutting into the weavings
tape
glue cups
sandpaper
Japanese saw and miter box

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER




Instructor: Elissa Campbell - click for bio
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $30.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Have you always wanted to give Keith Smith's bindings a try, but the diagrams make your head spin? Then this workshop's for you! In this workshop, you're going to work through nine of Smith's 3-section bindings, using only leather, paper, and thread – no glue needed!


Each binding involves sewing pages directly through a leather cover and each creates a different decorative pattern on the spine. These bindings are very flexible and allow the books to open completely flat. You'll ease into each binding by practicing on a paper template first, then you'll use what you've learned to sew the book. In addition to learning various stitches, you'll also try out different closure methods for each book.


While all of the bindings include three sections, the last book will include nine - you'll learn how to adapt a 3-section binding to create a larger book by repeating the pattern. You'll be binding all of your sewing templates into your final book, and this will be a great reference for future work.


You'll leave this workshop with a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.


Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student
Awl
bone folder
metal ruler (18")
X-Acto knife
cutting mat
scissors
pencil
needles (2)
weight (bean bag is fine)
scotch tape
45/45/90 triangle.


Optional:
Japanese hole punch with 1.5 mm & 3.0 mm bits
OR eyelet punch with 1/16" & 1/8" bits
rotary cutter
gridded ruler.


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor
Leather
paper for pages
thread
embellishments
hole punches


Prerequisite experience/skills needed for class:
How to thread a needle and wax the thread
How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures

Has made, independent of a class:
Long stitch book


Other prerequisites
Have a sense of humor. 🙂

ADVANCED FOUR-SIDED JACOB'S LADDER BOOK STRUCTURE




Instructor: Jackie Wygant - click for bio
Skill Level: Beginner
Materials Fee: $26.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

This is a fantastic structure with two faces, one on the front and one on the back; when you operate the flip action, two new faces are revealed and the first two are then hidden. What a fabulous vehicle for text and images! The structure is a bit tricky but well worth the effort to deconstruct and then make. Using precuts and detailed instructions we will make a six-panel four-color model. We will look at and manipulate models and variations and discuss and brainstorm other Jacob's ladder applications and possibilities.


Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
cutting mat with a grid
bone folder
pencil
scissors
ruler
small glue brush (1/4 - 3/8 inch)


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
precut boards
hinges
cover paper
washi tape
detailed instructions

THE ONE-HOUR CLAMSHELL BOX




Instructor: Sam Ellenport - click for bio
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

Clamshell or fall-back boxes have an enormous range of uses in bookbinding and are extremely popular. The variety of ways to construct them is large; indeed, the Library of Congress manual is well over 100 pages long. However, most of these techniques take a long time, which often makes such boxes unfeasible from a financial standpoint. From past experience, I have streamlined the process so that these boxes can be made with an hour of labor. From measuring to construction, students will learn the shortcuts and efficiencies which make such boxes practical to create. At the end of the session, students will have at least one completed box and several in various stages of completion to be used as references. Students are encouraged to bring small books or objects to measure for boxes.


Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
scissors
straight edge
box-cutting knife
self-healing mat for cutting


Optional:
a sheet of decorative paper

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
handouts
cloth
binder’s board
filler board
lining papers
leather
wax paper
brushes
case folders (these will also be on sale in the store)

MYSTERY SOLVED: SECRET BELGIAN BINDING!




Instructor: Jennie Hinchcliff
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $25.00
Length of workshop: 1 day



Workshop description:

There’s a reason why this particular structure is called the “Secret Belgian Binding”: constructing the binding may seem like a mystery at first, but is actually quite ingenious once you understand the basic ins-and-outs. Developed by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy in the ‘80s and made popular by Hedi Kyle at a later date, this wonderful structure can be used for softcover and hardcover bindings. During this day-long workshop, students will construct both a hardcover and softcover book while developing skills needed to plan for their own Secret Belgian projects outside of the classroom.


Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017


Prerequisite skills:

How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures

How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components

How to stitch multiple signature bindings such as Coptic or long stitch.

Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text block for codex book


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
bone folder
pencil
right-angle triangle (small or medium size)
ruler
inexpensive small, flat bristle brush for glue
a pair of full-size, sharp scissors
bookbinder’s awl
X-acto knife


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
instructional handouts
book samples
printmaking weight paper for book covers
Davey board for book covers
paper for textblock signatures
paper for endsheets
additional materials for “practice” mock up (i.e., cover materials)
decorative paper for book covers
waxed linen thread and needles
punching cradles for sewing
PVA glue