Fiber Stories: Artist Talk & Demo

with Kay Healy
Wednesday, October 20; 7–9pm CT

Co-presented with Textile Center

Join for a virtual artist talk with Kay Healy, a Philadelphia-based artist whose interview-based work investigates themes of home, loss, displacement, and resilience through life-sized drawn, painted, and screen-printed fabric installations. Kay Healy’s exhibition, Victory, will be on display in the Outlook Gallery at Minnesota Center for Book Arts from September–October 2021, viewable from the sidewalk along Washington Avenue. Continue reading “Fiber Stories: Artist Talk & Demo”

European Papermaking

with Anna Haglin & James Kleiner
Saturdays: October 23 & 30; 10am–2pm CT

Join us in our papermaking studios again! Learn the tools, terminology, and procedures of European-style papermaking in this in-person studio workshop. Participants will be guided through fiber preparation, the process of using moulds and deckles to form sheets, and techniques for pressing and drying. Our focus will be on consistent sheet formation and safe, effective beater use, thereby giving participants a solid grounding in materials and techniques for future independent papermaking in MCBA’s studios. Continue reading “European Papermaking”

Cross Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday: October 23; 12–4pm CT

In-person bookbinding returns! In this in-studio workshop, learn the cross structure binding, a versatile softcover binding that features a decorative woven cover. The quires, also known as signatures or gatherings of text pages, are sewn to the cover to make a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Paper covers can be made from a single sheet of paper or from any cover stock papers of contrasting color or design to create unique design possibilities. Continue reading “Cross Structure Binding”

Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Wednesdays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17; 4:30-6:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book at home. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of paper and book board, how to fold and sew paper to create pages, methods for creating a hardcover case using book board, and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages. Continue reading “Hardcover Book”

Quick and Dirty Letterpress Posters

with Monica Edwards Larson
Saturday: October 30; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to our print studios! Experience the hands-on satisfaction of printing your unique message through the tangible process of letterpress printing. Check out a selection of posters and broadsides featuring political messages and poetry, then learn beginning typesetting using wood type. Design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Quick and Dirty Letterpress Posters”