Softcover Bindings with Diamond Stitch Patterns

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, November 17; 9am-4pm

Learn two decorative binding stitches which have elegant sewing patterns exposed at the spine. The two variations are the Diamond X and the Connected Diamond. This softcover binding can be adapted to any size book for future projects. Both the books are suited for use as journals or letterpress small editions and are a fine addition to your binding repertoire. Binding experience helpful but not required.
Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 ($100 members) + $20 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $90, valid through 10/27/18

Quirky Concertinas

with Georgia Greeley
Monday, December 3; 6-9pm

Learn about the concertina form by making three different styles of concertina books: a panel book, a door book, and a reversed-window concertina. Each participant will bring home three completed book models. Examples of additional variations on the concertina structure will be discussed as well as ideas for integrating content, both written and visual.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 ($50 members) + $25 supply fee
Certificate enrollees only: early registration rate $45, valid through 11/12/18

Book Art Critique Seminar

with Laura Brown
Saturdays: January 12, February 2, March 2, April 6; 1-4pm

Using the Critical Response Method developed by choreographer Liz Lerman, this group meeting is designed to give objective, supportive feedback on larger, in-progress projects. This class provides structure, accountability, and space for exchanging technical and conceptual ideas. Come prepared to share in-progress work and constructive feedback.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee

Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7; 6-9pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Binding a Historic Model: Nag Hammadi

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, February 16; 10am-5pm
All skill levels welcome

Create a replica of a simple but beautiful early binding. The Nag Hammadi binding takes its name from the Egyptian city where these ancient books were discovered in 1945. Sealed in buried jars, they date from the 4th and 5th centuries and contain early Gnostic religious texts. Like the originals, these models will be made from leather and papyrus, but with 21st century paper pages. The pages are easily replaceable, making for a book you can use over and over again. Leather covers will be decorated using simple tooling techniques.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Tablet Portfolio

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 17; 1-4pm

This handy hardcover portfolio holds a standard paper tablet, plus a pocket for loose papers or cards. Each student will make three portfolios; once the structure is learned, the size can be easily adjusted for a variety of needs, including large tablets or legal pads. Makes a great gift!

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

Make Your Own Bookcloth

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: February 21 & 28; 6-9pm

Expand the variety of colors and patterns in your bookcloth by learning how to make your own. In this class you will learn two different methods for making bookcloth with decorative cotton fabric lined with Japanese paper.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Blizzard Book

with Sue Bjerke
Friday, March 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

The blizzard book, designed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle, is a folded structure made from a single large sheet of paper folded into many connected compartments. This handy holder is a great way to file business cards, coupons or any ephemera that needs organizing and makes a unique gift.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Cartonnage: Art Deco Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, February 23; 9am-5pm

Modern cartonnage grows out of the long-standing French tradition of covering small containers with decorative materials, and offers a great use for your marbled papers. Make a box in the Art Deco style: an upright disc with a lid. Review the essential elements of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers, using a plinth, making curved sides, and making variations on design and size.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Bind Your Own Sketchbooks

with Julie Baugnet
Sunday, February 24; 1-5pm
Great for beginners

Whether you are a professional illustrator or someone who likes filling a sketchbook with doodles, learn basic binding techniques to make your own sketchbooks! Learn a simple sewing stitch to create a double signature pamphlet with papers that are ideal for watercolor and pen work. You will choose a cover paper and determine the size for your first sketchbook. Then, build your skills by making a hardcover concertina, also called an accordion or leporello. With reusable covers, the pages of this binding can easily be replaced to create a new sketchbook. After learning these techniques, participants will be able to make these bindings again and again.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$75 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Advanced Binding II: Full Leather Binding

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11; 6-9pm
Intro to Binding or equivalent and Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring required;
Advanced Binding I: Half Bound Leather helpful but not required

A continuation of Advanced Binding I, this workshop further explores fine leather binding by creating a full leather bound book. Sew a blank book on raised flax cords that are laced into the cover boards. Then, learn a method for covering the binding in full goatskin leather. Participants will build their technique in leather paring and grow their hand skills in fine leather binding.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $115 supply fee

Sketchbook: Reverse Piano Hinge Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Monday, March 11; 6-9pm
Great for beginners

The key feature of this soft cover sketchbook is the ability to remove any signature without damage or modification to the book or page. The book opens flat for easy use or the soft cover can be turned to the back while drawing. The size will be approximately 6 x 10 inches and, once learned, this structure can be adjusted for a variety of needs.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, March 16; 9am-5pm

Outfit yourself for binding at home! Make a collapsible punching cradle, studio weights, press boards, two awls, and a case for binding needles – all essential tools for successful bookmaking. Boxmaking experience helpful but not required.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Content Development for Small, Handmade Books

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Explore ideas for mini memoirs, “how to” zines, and small books that carry poetic or philosophical questions or threads. Start by looking through samples, then make two or three simple books that are either complete at the end of class or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can later use to make small books on a kitchen table or desk.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Introduction to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, March 30 & 31; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee