19th Century Bookcloth 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

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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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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

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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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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”