Cartonnage: Heart Box

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 2; 9am-5pm

Make a heart shaped box with a fitted lid, perfect for storage and Valentine gift-giving. Class will include discussion on how to make variations on design and size. Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for your marbled papers. In this class, we’ll review the essential elements of making unique containers from book board, then covering those structures with decorative papers. Learn the basics of design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. All structural components will be hand cut in class.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Letterpress I

with Molly Poganski
Mondays: February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-9pm

This introductory workshop offers you a thorough introduction to typesetting and presswork. Essential for any beginning printer, this workshop will cover the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, typography, image-making techniques, and edition printing. Perfect for beginners or those who wish to gain additional experience with presses. This workshop is a prerequisite for Letterpress II.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category A; fulfills letterpress requirement

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Introduction to Marbling, Section B

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday, February 29; 10am-4pm

Experience the magic of marbling! Learn the basic process of marbling with acrylics, including recipes for the various components of the process. Make four basic patterns (stones, moire/waved, git-gel, and nonpareil), explore seasonal color palettes, and take home your own marbled papers ready to use for books, gifts, and decoration.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category A

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Paper Marbling: Patterns I

with Sally Power
Sunday, March 1; 10am-4pm
Marbling experience required

Patterns are an essential technique of marbling. Designed for those who have experience marbling, this workshop will focus on patterns, such as nonpareil, chevron, and their variations. Through instruction and demonstrations, learn how a single traditional marbling pattern is a starting point for multiple variations. Experiment with patterns and begin to build your technique and palette with guidance from a seasoned practitioner. Take home marbled paper samples as well as a handout. This workshop is a prerequisite for Patterns II.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Content Development for Small Handmade Books

with Regula Russelle
Wednedays, March 4-April 8; 6-9pm

Explore ideas for mini memoirs, “how to” zines, and small books that carry poetic or philosophical questions or threads. Look through samples, then make two or three simple books that are either complete or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. Techniques are taught with inexpensive tools and materials so that you gain skills to later make small books at home.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category C or D

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Mixed Papers Junk Journal

with Briana Goetzen
Sunday, March 15; 10am-4pm

Are you a lover of paper who wants a fun way to play with your curated collection? Would it be exciting for you to sort through my stash, too? Let’s gather our papers, paints, and book binding thread! Together we will create a unique junk journal with a variety of papers (old book pages, ledger paper, magazine pages, copy paper, scrapbook paper, tipped in playing cards, envelopes, etc.), all stitched and bound by you! The binding technique will be easy enough for you to repeat at home once class is over. Once the book is bound, we will add painting and writing to alter the existing pages. You will go home with a 3-signature, soft cover junk journal that is easy to transport and is ready for you to continue working in!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Mokuhanga (Japanese Woodblock Printing)

with Micheal Benedetti
Mondays, March 16-April 6; 6-9pm

This four-week workshop will explore the tools and techniques of traditional Japanese woodblock printing, or Mokuhanga. Participants will generate their own imagery and create either 1-2 single layer or multi-layer prints. Explore the history of Mokuhanga as well as how to create your own prints at home without the use of print shop tools and machinery. Learn traditional Mokuhanga carving and printing etiquette, including how to carve a woodblock, register imagery to print on paper, blending colors, hand printing using barrens and wooden spoons, and how to properly sign and number an edition of prints.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Binding a Historic Model: Nag Hammadi

with Jana Pullman
Sunday, March 22; 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 a textblock of 21st century paper. 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

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Cartonnage: Desk Caddy

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, March 28; 9am-5pm

Make a handy three-section desktop caddy to keep pens, paper clips, and note paper at your fingertips, as well as making a pedestal caddy for your cell phone. Students will learn the basics of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. Students will also learn simple variations on the basic structure that can develop one simple form into a variety of shapes and sizes. Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for marbled papers. Cartonnage or boxmaking experience helpful but not required.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Modern Marbling

with Heather RJ Fletcher
Saturday & Sunday, March 28-29; 10am-5pm
Intro to Marbling and Patterns I required

Take your marbling skills to a new level! In this two-day workshop, learn to make newly-designed, contemporary patterns. Explore how to over marble with intention. Learn to use new combs with different spacing. Inspired by traditional marbling, these patterns bring a familiar but fresh take on a centuries-old art form.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category B or D

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

Dirty Works: Map Folds: Bigger on the Inside

with Laurie Jedamus
Friday, April 3; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Do you want a book to contain a page that’s larger than the other pages? Map folds are an ingenious solution! Create two map folds (Turkish and Hungarian), then stitch them into a simple pamphlet book.

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

Letterpress II

with CB Sherlock
Saturday-Sunday, April 4 & 5; 9am-5pm

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating one collaborative class project and one self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, mixing custom ink colors, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing a small book. Letterpress I or equivalent required.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category B

$288 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $65 supply fee

Cross Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, April 9; 6-9pm

This versatile soft cover binding offers endless combinations for weaving front & back covers. The quires are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be made from a single sheet or from any stock of contrasting color or design to create a unique effect. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a journal approximately 6” x 4” in size. This will be an interesting addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee

Building a Historic Model: Islamic Frame Binding

with India Johnson
Saturday-Sunday, April 11 & 12; 9am-5pm

Make a model of an Islamicate leather frame binding held in the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library’s collections. This book form showcases an especially beautiful material, such as cloth or marbled paper, by “framing” it with leather strips on all sides. Participants will sew a textblock with an unsupported link stitch and chevron-style headbands, and cover the binding with goat leather and ebru marbled paper.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category B or D

$328 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee