Introduction to Binding – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: January 17, 24, 31, February 7; 6-9pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$195 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Binding a Historic Model: Nag Hammadi

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, February 16; 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 21st century paper pages. 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

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Tablet Portfolio

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 17; 1-4pm

This handy hardcover portfolio holds a standard paper tablet, plus a pocket for loose papers or cards. Each student will make three portfolios; once the structure is learned, the size can be easily adjusted for a variety of needs, including large tablets or legal pads. Makes a great gift!

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

Make Your Own Bookcloth

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: February 21 & 28; 6-9pm

Expand the variety of colors and patterns in your bookcloth by learning how to make your own. In this class you will learn two different methods for making bookcloth with decorative cotton fabric lined with Japanese paper.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Dirty Works: Blizzard Book

with Sue Bjerke
Friday, March 1; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

The blizzard book, designed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle, is a folded structure made from a single large sheet of paper folded into many connected compartments. This handy holder is a great way to file business cards, coupons or any ephemera that needs 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

Cartonnage: Art Deco Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, February 23; 9am-5pm

Modern cartonnage grows out of the long-standing French tradition of covering small containers with decorative materials, and offers a great use for your marbled papers. Make a box in the Art Deco style: an upright disc with a lid. Review the essential elements of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers, using a plinth, making curved sides, and making variations on design and size.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Bind Your Own Sketchbooks

with Julie Baugnet
Sunday, February 24; 1-5pm
Great for beginners

Whether you are a professional illustrator or someone who likes filling a sketchbook with doodles, learn basic binding techniques to make your own sketchbooks! Learn a simple sewing stitch to create a double signature pamphlet with papers that are ideal for watercolor and pen work. You will choose a cover paper and determine the size for your first sketchbook. Then, build your skills by making a hardcover concertina, also called an accordion or leporello. With reusable covers, the pages of this binding can easily be replaced to create a new sketchbook. After learning these techniques, participants will be able to make these bindings again and again.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$75 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 supply fee

Advanced Binding II: Full Leather Binding

with Jana Pullman
Thursdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11; 6-9pm
Intro to Binding or equivalent and Knife Sharpening for Leather Paring required; Advanced Binding I: Half Bound Leather helpful but not required

A continuation of Advanced Binding I, this workshop further explores fine leather binding by creating a full leather bound book. Sew a blank book on raised flax cords that are laced into the cover boards. Then, learn a method for covering the binding in full goatskin leather. Participants will build their technique in leather paring and grow their hand skills in fine leather binding.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $115 supply fee

Sketchbook: Reverse Piano Hinge Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Monday, March 11; 6-9pm
Great for beginners

The key feature of this soft cover sketchbook is the ability to remove any signature without damage or modification to the book or page. The book opens flat for easy use or the soft cover can be turned to the back while drawing. The size will be approximately 6 x 10 inches and, once learned, this structure can be adjusted for a variety of needs.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

D.I.Y. Bindery Tools

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, March 16; 9am-5pm

Outfit yourself for binding at home! Make a collapsible punching cradle, studio weights, press boards, two awls, and a case for binding needles – all essential tools for successful bookmaking. Boxmaking experience helpful but not required.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Content Development for Small, Handmade Books

with Regula Russelle
Mondays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22; 6-9pm
All skill levels welcome

Explore ideas for mini memoirs, “how to” zines, and small books that carry poetic or philosophical questions or threads. Start by looking through samples, then make two or three simple books that are either complete at the end of class or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. Techniques taught are with inexpensive tools and materials that you can later use to make small books on a kitchen table or desk.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category B or C

$290 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Introduction to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Ruby Figueroa
Sat-Sun, March 30 & 31; 9am-4pm

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: 14 hours, Category A

$220 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Dirty Works: Simple Sewn and Folded Books

with Laura Brown
Friday, April 5; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Learn basic materials, tools, and skills involved in the bookbinding process while exploring simple folded and sewn bindings. Experiment with a variety of materials to create soft-cover blank books.

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

Introduction to Coptic Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, April 13; 9am-5pm

Learn the classic Coptic stitch in two variations: the two-needle and the four-needle technique. Learn to cover boards with decorative papers to make a small blank journal that opens flat for ease in use. The coptic binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt and was used throughout the Islamic world and Eastern Christendom (Europe), and is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today. This style was adapted from the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, creating a chain or link stitch to bind the sections together.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A

$130 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Edge Decoration for Bindings

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, April 20, 10am-5pm

All of the surface on a book can be decorated. In this workshop we will learn several decorative technique for coloring the page edges of a book. Painting, sprinkling and sponging color, graphite, and gauffering will be covered and samples of other methods will be shown and discussed. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with a combination of these techniques and should bring a text block with no covers and a couple of paperback books for practice.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$110 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee