The Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton, MA is offering a
weekend workshop with Jim Reid-Cunningham on Miniature Bookbindings.
Please visit our Web site: GarageAnnexSchool.com in order to see images
that accompany the workshop description.
We hope you can join us!
Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
May 5-6 (Sat.-Sun.)
$200 plus $25 materials fee
Enrollment limited to twelve.
Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the
bookbinder. After all, a true miniature is less than three inches tall!
During this course, you will construct three books of diminishing size
(from two inches down to a half inch), using the three structures Jim
finds most useful for a miniature format.
The first project is a case binding sewn on tapes.
The second is a non-adhesive long-stitch binding with a paper wrapper and
The third book is a half-inch tall accordion bound in a paper wrapper
with a tongue and slot enclosure. Jim has printed a textblock especially
for your use in this project. The text, printed inkjet, in three-point
type, is by the French Surrealist Paul Eluard, and concerns the place of
the artist in modern society.
The course will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-
adhesive structures for miniature books--with special attention on
flexibility and book action.
We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small-format books.
The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge you to do
precisely-executed and finely-detailed work.
Be sure to visit reid-cunningham.com to enjoy more of Jim's books.
James Reid-Cunningham studied history and art history at Johns Hopkins
University and Tufts University before beginning his career in book
conservation at Harvard University. He studied bookbinding with Mark
Esser at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and is the President
of the Guild of Book Workers. Formerly the Conservator of the Graduate
School of Design, Harvard University, he is currently the Chief
Conservator of the Boston Athenaeum, a private membership library founded
in 1807. He is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. In 2006, he received the
Distinguished Alumni Award from the North Bennet Street School.
He has taught bookbinding and conservation workshops for the Paper and
Book Intensive, the Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton,
MA., the North Bennet Street School in Boston, the Weissman Preservation
Center at Harvard University, the Guild of Book Workers, the New England
Museum Association, the Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the
Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin, and the San
Francisco Center for the Book.
In addition to his conservation work, he is also the creator of design
bindings and book objects that explore traditional bookbinding structures
in conjunction with modern materials such as rubber and Formica. He has
exhibited his books nationally and internationally. He is the proprietor
of Wages of Fear, a small press that publishes illustrated limited
editions of modern texts, with each copy in an original design binding.
His work can be seen at reid-cunningham.com.
Greta D. Sibley
One Cottage Street #5
Easthampton, MA 01027