Sewn Boards Binding

with Karen Hanmer
Wednesday, August 24; 5–8pm CT

The sewn boards binding is Gary Frost’s elegant, modern adaptation of an ancient method of board attachment. Stiffened outer signatures sewn along with the text block function as the book’s covers. 

The book opens flat. It can be dressed up or down with a variety of spine treatments, board-covering materials, and edge decoration techniques. It can be constructed quickly, lends itself to edition work, and can be made in a sparsely equipped home studio. 

In this virtual workshop, instruction will include working with common bookbinding tools, materials, techniques, and principles such as grain direction, mark-up for sewing, tidy application of adhesive, and measuring one component of the book to fit another. This intermediate level workshop is for those making sewn books (of any kind) independently, outside of a workshop setting. This fast-paced workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders and for beginners who are ready for their next challenge.

Experience required
Certificate: 3 hours, Category B, C or D

$95/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$55 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 materials 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 8/16 at midnight (CT).