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[BKARTS] March classes at the Center for Book Arts (NY)

Greetings from the Center for Book Arts,

Please join us in March for our weeklong intensives: a week is a great format to learn a significant amount of material in a condensed period of time.


Leather Spine Photo Album 

For students with some experience, this class offers an opportunity to create a traditional photo album suitable for presentations or weddings. Hand sewn using fine paper, the album’s spine will be covered in leather. Time permitting, students can also do leather corners and tooling.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding II or permission of the instructor

March 5-9, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm       Carolyn Chadwick                    $475 members /$500 non-members


Extreme Clamshell

Some of you may want to master this valuable box style, some of you may have a collection of books to box and some of you may want to issue an edition of prints. This week, devoted to the clamshell, is for you. Basic box making skills will be covered in addition to blocking out, labeling and hot stamping.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding I

March 26-30, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm   Carolyn Chadwick                    $475 members/$500 non-members


Bookbinding II

Students will continue in an overview of various traditional bookbinding techniques, which will help them in choosing future topics to focus on. Students will complete three books using more advanced skills: a limp vellum binding, a quarter leather hollow tube laced binding and a quarter leather tightback book sewn on raised cords. Leather paring and hand-sewn endbands will be featured.

Prerequisite: Bookbinding I

March 19-23, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm   Susan Mills                   $475 members /$500 non-members +$50 materials fee


NEW! Book/Art

How does an artist produce compelling book projects in a professional and well-crafted presentation? Taking artist’s book “sample projects” from concept to completion will be supported by technical demonstrations, short readings, slide talks and discussions. Students will make two books with painted, richly layered pages that incorporate handwritten texts with blind “gesso drawing” and “tar drawing,” paper waxing, “dirt waxing” and collage. If time allows, we will make two different “hanging book” structures that expand from box containers. The class will discuss how to juggle the demands of concept, narrative and image with the possibilities for structure, containment and display. Woven throughout the course will be short, structured and yet pivotal conversations about the nature of artist’s books designed to provide practical and philosophical insight into the qualities of “bookness” that an artist may choose to ignore, exploit and/or explore. This class is for artists seeking creative breakthroughs, who are also open to being challenged in their ways of thinking and working while learning bookmaking skills and new surface design techniques.

March 12-16, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm            Rory Golden     $475 members /$500 non-members + $30 materials fee


You can register online at www.centerforbookarts.org or over the phone by calling 212-481-0295.


Sarah Nicholls

Program Manager

The Center for Book Arts

28 W. 27th St. 3rd fl.

New York, NY 10001

(212) 481-0295



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