Introduction to Book Arts – FULL

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 – FULL

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.

***On Thursday, April 18 from 7-9pm, MCBA is honored to be partnering with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library for a special free lecture hosted by Melissa Morton exploring The Book Technologies of the Early ‘People of the Book’: Coptic and Ethiopic Christian Codices and Their Late Antique and Medieval Relatives. Learn more HERE.

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

Clamshell Box – FULL

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, April 27; 10am-5pm
Boxmaking experience required

Also known as a drop spine box, the clamshell box is the basic all-purpose box to preserve and store valuable books, photographs and other works on paper. Make a single wall drop spine box using precut materials, and learn measuring and cutting techniques to continue making boxes on your own, custom made to fit your own books or objects.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category B or D

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

Introduction to Concertina

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, May 16; 6-9pm

The concertina or accordion is the simplest of book forms, but has numerous variations and applications. This class will focus on several concertina book structures: hard cover triangle, hard cover non-adhesive, wrap around cover with closure, and the single sheet surprise format. Other variations of versatile concertina possibilities will be discussed as time allows.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category A

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Cartonnage: Magic Box

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, May 18; 9am-5pm

Amaze your friends with a magic box! Sometimes called a Jacob’s Ladder box, this magic box has a low profile design with three sections and opens from two sides, making it appear to have secret compartments. Students will learn the essential elements of making unique containers from book board along with basics of design and construction, the ins and outs of measuring, cutting and applying decorative paper, and easy ways to create variations of the design.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

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

Carousel Books

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, June 1; 10am-5pm

Binding experience helpful but not required

Create a free-standing structure with this variation on the accordion book. This book can function as a readable book or as a small sculpture. Skills include folding, paper cutting, and story-boarding. Prepared materials provided.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category C or D

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

Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26; 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

A Simple Sewn Sketchbook

with Anna Shepard
Thursday, June 20; 6-9pm

In this evening workshop, make a simple, pocket-sized sketchbook with a flexible spine. Learn how to sew high-quality drawing paper onto thin, but strong, vellum tapes. Then, cover the sketchbooks in handmade decorative paper to make an attractive, soft-cover structure — ideal for the artist on the go!

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

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

Long Stitch Book with Hardwood Spine

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, June 22; 9am-5pm

Add something new to your long-stitch repertoire: a drilled wooden spine. Use hardwoods from Africa and South America in a rainbow of colors: canarywood, rosewood, bloodwood, and purpleheart are among the possibilities. Cover weight papers will be selected to complement your wood spine, which will be drilled in class from a template. Long stitch sewing through the wood spine will result in stunning contrasts. Optional embellishment of top-stitching on the book covers will be discussed and demonstrated. The final book will be a chunky 7 x 6 inches (approximately), great for sketching or journals.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category D

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

Dos-à-Dos, Two Ways

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, June 27; 6-9pm

Learn two styles of dos à dos bindings in this workshop: an Asian stab binding with a soft case and a pamphlet with a wrap closure. The dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning “back-to-back”) is a structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore-edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other with a shared board between them serving as the back cover of both. This versatile structure offers the possibility of introducing contrasting materials in one book.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Drumleaf Binding

with Wilber “Chip” Schilling
Sunday, July 14; 10am–4pm

Based on a 17th century book structure, the drum leaf is an ideal binding for books with unbroken imagery imposed across pages, without gutters. It requires no sewing skills, and there is no thread to interfere with across-the-fold images. Each two-page spread can be its own print, painting or unique image, eliminating the need for complicated planning to align pages. The drumming process attaches each folio to the next with minimal gluing, producing a lightweight, flexible book. This will be a fine addition to your bookbinding repertoire, perfect for small editions.

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$95 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Two Pamphlet Stitch Variations

with Georgia A. Greeley
Monday, July 15; 6-9pm

The pamphlet stitch is one of the most simple sewn bindings, but with small modifications to the materials and structure there are endless ways to modify the binding to create unique bindings. Learn and make two variations of the pamphlet stitch, a slit spine and an accordion spine pamphlet. The instructor will share examples of other pamphlet stitch bindings as well as ideas for developing written and visual content.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Tab and Fold Book

with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, July 17; 6-9pm

The tab and fold structure is a quick and easy non-adhesive binding that uses simple tabs and folds to interlock the cover and pages of a book. This technique is very adaptable and can be used for one-of-a-kind books or editioned artists’ books — a great addition to anyone’s binding repertoire.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$55 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee