Criss-Cross Binding: Ages 15–18

with Rachel Payne
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 30 & 31; 10am–4pm CT

Explore hand bookbinding in MCBA’s bindery! Come learn this not-so-secret binding designed by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy. Fun fact: This structure was re-created by an English binder who didn’t know the source and decided to call it “Secret Belgian Binding,” which is what this structure is commonly referred to today.

Learn how to make a criss-cross binding and explore how this structure uses sewing similar to that of a Jacob’s ladder to create a binding that opens flat and allows the cover to flip to the back. The criss-cross binding is great for thin books, sketchbooks, and artist’s books. Come away with two completed bindings (more if you are speedy) and the know-how to make more independently after the workshop.

This drop-off workshop is designed for ages 15–18. Students must bring lunch from home; MCBA staff will facilitate lunch and a brief field trip outside (weather permitting).

Consider registering for Woodcut Printmaking: Ages 15–18 on Thursday & Friday, August 1 & 2 (10am–4pm), for four full-days of book arts at MCBA!

All skill levels welcome

$294/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 materials fee
$147 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 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 Youth rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.
*If the student (and/or adult caregiver purchasing registration) is eligible for a scholarship, choose the scholarship option at registration.

Please note: Registration closes 7/22 at midnight (CT).