Marbling Lab

$45 (10% discount for MCBA members) +$15 supply fee
Marbling experience required
Multiple Saturday offerings; 10am-4pm

Marbling experience required

Marbling lab provides access to marbling tools and equipment in MCBA’s wet studio for practitioners to build their skills outside of classes. Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers use of 16×20 inch tanks of carrageenan, rakes, alum, brushes, ice cube trays (for paints), and eye droppers; supply your own Golden Fluid Acrylic paint and paper. Please note: Carrageenan is used for western-style marbling only. If you plan to practice suminagashi, please call the Shop to let a staff member know so carrageenan is not prepared for you unnecessarily.

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Introduction to Layout: Zines!

with Laura Brown
Saturday, January 25; 10am-4pm

Dive into the details of book layout and mockup making! Bring your ideas, drawings, and text, and turn it all into a small artist book or zine. We will collaborate, talk strategy, materials, form and content. Create a small edition of photocopier books to exchange with the class and distribute on your own.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A or D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Coptic Binding, Two Ways

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 9; 9am-5pm

Coptic binding is an essential and versatile part of a binder’s repertoire. The book opens flat to form a very usable journal or sketchbook for many applications and can be made of traditional or non-traditional materials. Our first version will use wooden covers with the two-needle sewing. For the second, we will wrap book board in decorative paper and learn the four-needle sewing with two colors of thread. Students will learn to use the curved needle technique and will keep the needles for their further use. This historical binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt. Adapting the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, a chain or link stitch was used to bind the sections together. It is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Everything is Illuminated: Making Egg Tempera from Scratch

with Anna Haglin
Sundays, February 16 & 23; 10am-3pm

This course teaches the fundamentals of paint-making with powdered pigments. The first course covers the multicultural history of manuscript illumination, pigment history, material sources, and the first steps of paint-mixing. During the second class-session, participants will finish making tempera, and illuminate an image during class. Images for practicing illumination will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own from a previous print or calligraphic project.
*Vegans and those with aural sensitivities please note: we use eggs and the process can be noisy. The powdered pigments used in this process can be toxic if inhaled; masks will be provided.

Certificate: 10 hours, Category D

$180 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Evening Intro to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Anna Haglin
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

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: 12 hours, Category A

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Dirty Works: Blizzard Book

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

The blizzard book, designed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle, is a structure made from a single large sheet of paper folded into many connected compartments. This handy holder is great for 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

19th Century Book Cloth with Natural Dyes

with India Johnson
Saturday, March 21; 9am-5pm

Unlike today’s cloth, bookcloth at the beginning of the 19th century was not backed with paper. Instead, it was coated with layers of dyed wheat starch paste. Learn how to recreate this durable covering material, which can be used for repair, as a leather alternative, or simply for its beauty. The workshop focuses on using natural dyes as colorants because they produce particularly rich and deep hues. However, participants will also learn to use XSL pigments, which are more suitable for conservation applications.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category C or D

$184 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Marbling Wall Art

with Sally Power
Saturday-Sunday, April 4 & 5; 10am-4pm

Go beyond patterns and explore how to make pictures via marbling. These pictures can be applied to a patterned background or a blank background and allows you to further decorate papers for binding or wall art. This class draws on techniques from Turkish marbling (Ebru) but with an American twist. Methods include: how to make the colors more intense, learning to draw/paint by managing the paint on the surface, and using a stylus as well as combs.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category C or D

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screen printing, Bookbinding, Papermaking

$50 (10% discount for MCBA members)
An hourly rate of $15 (10% discount for MCBA members) may be available the night of Open Studio at The Shop (hourly participants may not register in advance)
Experience and training required

Please note: Open Studio is cancelled on Tuesday, December 3 for a private event.

Letterpress:
Set type, make polymer plates, print on MCBA’s presses and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Presses are selected upon participant arrival on a first-come-first-served basis. Participants must have taken a beginning letterpress workshop (other than Dirty Works) in order to register. Fee covers black ink and solvents; supply your own paper.

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Screen printing:
Prep screens, expose and print in MCBA’s darkroom and printing studio, and enjoy the fellowship of other artists. Fee covers screen use and emulsion; supply your own ink and paper.

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Bookbinding:
Open Studio provides access to binding tools, cutting equipment, and fellowship! Work on your own projects in the company of other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee covers tool use plus some consumables (thread and PVA); supply your own book board, cloth, paper and other needs.

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Papermaking:
Bring your prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming or beat fiber for future sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. Attendees should schedule a time to pick up their paper the following day. The studio’s two Valley beaters can each hold approximately .75 lb. (dry) of fiber (rag or half-stuff), and the Reina beater can hold up to 2 lb. (dry) of fiber (half-stuff only). Beaters are selected upon participant arrival, first-come-first-served. Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten.

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Cutting Equipment Training

$15 (10% discount for MCBA members)

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

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Paper Beater Training

$15 (10% discount for MCBA members)
Papermaking experience required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.

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Magical Kingdom of Book Arts

with Ellen Ferrari
Saturday, January 25; class 10am-12 noon (rescheduled from Jan 18)
For families with children ages 2 and up

Rally royalty for Jean Gralley’s Yonderfel’s Castle and then build a pop-up castle book of your own! Make a magic wand-on-a-stick book for your court magician. Fold a dragon book as tall as you to guard the drawbridge. And create a crown-in-your-pocket book to wear at your court occasions.

Join Ellen Ferrari for Saturday mornings of family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into book arts projects. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children can work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with a partner. Older children will receive suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/Child pair: $32 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $5 supply fee
Additional participant (adult or child): $16 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $2.50 supply fee

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New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts

September 17, 2018

Quilt, Not Quilt: The Afterlife is a new exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), on view from October 12th ­­­- December 2nd in the Open Book Cowles Literary Commons. This exhibition features art that repurposes old, tattered quilts into new forms while still preserving the quilts’ heritage, craftsmanship, and legacy. The opening reception for Quilt, Not Quilt will take place on Wednesday, October 17 from 6-8pm. The reception includes an artist talk and poetry reading from 7-8pm in the Target Performance Hall on the second floor of Open Book, as well as a meet and greet with the artists and poets. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Continue reading “New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts”