Studio Labs

MCBA’s Studio Labs provide low-cost access to equipment outside of workshops. Enjoy fellowship of other makers as you work on your own projects in our bindery, wet studios, and print studios. Studio fellows are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but participants must register in advance and have adequate training to work independently. Studio Labs are not eligible for Certificate credit.

MCBA’s studios are also available for rental by-the-hour. Visit MCBA’s equipment rental page for more information. For regular access to equipment, check out MCBA’s Artist Collective.

By registering for a Studio Lab, you agree to read and follow MCBA’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols when in our studios. Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe and creative!

Have questions? This PDF contains a detailed list of FAQs.

Papermaking Lab

Tuesday, October 13; 3-9pm CDT
Experience required**

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Pre-weigh and pre-soak all fibers to be beaten. Continue reading “Papermaking Lab”

Virtual Workshops for Students

We want to bring book arts to your community! MCBA works with schools, libraries, Scout troops, community organizations, individuals, and more to provide high-quality book arts instruction.

The offerings listed here include 35 sets of materials and pre-recorded video instruction: a tour of MCBA studios plus a lesson. Materials will be available for pickup at Open Book in downtown Minneapolis, or can be shipped to you for an additional charge. Request one of these projects by filling out ​this form​.

Interested in workshops tailored to your group or curricular needs? Fill out ​the request form​ and select “Custom Project” to start the planning process! Questions? Contact ​youth@mnbookarts.org​.