Binding & Boxmaking

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.

Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Folding All The Accordions

with Mary Leikvold
Thursdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21; 6:30–9pm CT

Accordion folds are the foundation for countless structures in bookmaking. This fun, hands-on virtual workshop will take the basic accordion fold to new levels: Explore long and short accordion structures, accordions with pockets and fancy covers, floating accordions, flag books, map books, and two variations on blizzard books. Continue reading “Folding All The Accordions”

Artist’s Book Studies

with Laura Beyer
Wednesdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 20; 12–2pm CT

In this virtual workshop, create a series of dimensional artist’s book studies, or mock-ups of artist’s books, to help propel your book ideas into a physical form and out of your head! The focus of this workshop is on using text and found images to experiment and play with the book form. After making books, we will talk through what was made and identify how text, image, and book structure work together to create meaning in expected and unexpected ways. Continue reading “Artist’s Book Studies”

Art Practice Circle: October

with Regula Russelle
Monday, October 4; 6–7:30pm CT

Art Practice Circle meets virtually and offers a friendly community space to listen and share about artmaking. The benefits of connecting with fellow makers are multiple: to inspire and encourage one another, to be an audience for one another’s work and creative process, and to move our work forward by talking about it out loud. Continue reading “Art Practice Circle: October”

Design Your Own Stab Binding

with Yuka Petz
Tuesday, October 5; 6–9pm CT

Personalize and design your own stab bindings! After looking at examples to gain a deeper understanding of what makes a successful stab binding design, we will sketch ideas, develop unique templates, and dive into our personalized sewn structures. At the end of the workshop, we will have a brief show-and-share to marvel at the variety of designs made in class. This virtual workshop is appropriate for high-level beginner and intermediate binders. Participants must be comfortable sewing a basic four-hole stab binding. Continue reading “Design Your Own Stab Binding”

Single-Page Photo Book

with Greg Randall
Wednesday, October 6; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Create a covered one-page book filled with your own photographs in this one-night virtual workshop. Learn how to prepare and arrange photographs in Adobe Photoshop to create the desired sequence and orientation of images in your finished book, as well as tips and tricks for at-home printing that can be used in a variety of book projects.  Continue reading “Single-Page Photo Book”

Magic Box of Mysteries

with Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Tuesdays: October 12, 19, 26; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Mystify and mesmerize with this magic box of mysterious toys and tricks! In this three-session virtual workshop, learn the secrets of this magic wallet box containing a hidden compartment. Open the magic box to reveal a hypnotizing optical paper toy. Then, close the box and open again to unveil an entirely different set of paper toys, including a volvelle, flexagon, and thaumatrope. How does it work, you ask?! Through the magic of book arts, all will be revealed. Continue reading “Magic Box of Mysteries”

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”