Book Repair: When Paper Fails

with Rachel Payne
Saturday, May 18; 9am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn foundational techniques and methods to care for aged and damaged paper. Begin with an overview of basic and historical paper-treatment methods, then find inspiration in books and papers participants bring to the workshop to learn specific techniques for treating paper that is dirty, bent, curled, folded, dog-eared, taped, or torn. These methods and techniques will give you the skills you need to care for your personal collection and to begin your journey into book repair. Instruction and demonstrations will take place throughout the day with time for one-to-one guidance on individual repair projects. Bring in aged and damaged paper and books that you would like to evaluate and treat. 

This workshop is open to all and experience making books is helpful. We will spend a lot of time holding tools and performing fine hand movements. Do not wear long, loose sleeves to this workshop.

Some experience helpful
Certificate: 7 hours, Category B or D

$172/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 materials fee
$86 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Please note: Registration closes 5/13 at midnight (CT).