Sewn Board Binding

with Suzanne Glémot
Thursdays: August 19, 26; 6–9pm CT

The sewn board binding is a lovely and versatile contemporary book structure that opens flat, making it extra convenient to handle, journal, paint in, and more. Its material needs are adaptable, too, which makes it a great structure to explore at home or with a small studio set-up. Over the course of two evenings, workshop participants will learn this structure, from text block preparation to finishing the book covers with decorative papers.

We’ll fold sections simultaneously with the covers into which the sections will be sewn, and we’ll look at ways of building up the covers after we’ve lined the spine. Following careful step-by-step instructions, participants will come away with one sample structure to use for future reference and one finished sewn board binding to use or gift as they please. Those considering registering for this workshop need to be able to identify grain direction, sew up to eight signatures together into a text block, and adhere paper onto book covers using PVA and a brush.

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category C or D

$135/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$75 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 8/8 at midnight (CT).