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[BKARTS] October, November, December Workshops - Evanston, Illinois

The workshops below are offered at:
 Evanston Print & Paper Shop

1125 Florence

Evanston, Illinois

to register:




Computer Design Bootcamp

with Dana Bowers

Saturday & Sunday, October 11th & 12th

11:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Want to know how best to translate your designs into letterpress friendly files? This two-day workshop will help you take your design ideas and prepare them for photo-polymer processing. Don’t have a design idea, but want to learn what works? Dana will have a class project for you to hone your skills. We will work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to learn what works best in letterpress and what to avoid. This is a hands-on class, so it’s best to have Illustrator and Photoshop, and even better to have them on a laptop you can bring to class.

Millimeter Binding

with Juliayn Coleman

Saturday & Sunday, October 25th & 26th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


During the early part of the 1900s, northern Europeans needed to conserve bookbinding materials, and so was born the millimeter binding. Allowing only a single millimeter of leather to show on the boards at the spine and corners, these bindings made the most of what northern European bookbinders of the early 1900’s did have in spades: leather paring skills. In this class, we will begin to explore what a well-meaning bookbinder can do with these skills. If you have ever been curious about working with leather, this is an excellent way to get started. And just for fun, we’ll make our own paste papers to decorate the larger portion of the covers. Previous experience with sewing books will be helpful for this class.

Quarter Leather Photo Album with Lesa Dowd

Sunday, November 9th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Participants will create this deluxe photo album using leather on the spine to coordinate with beautiful paper covers. Discussion will cover appropriate papers for use as pages, considerations for cover papers and leather, and archivally sound techniques to put photos into the album. Traditional bookbinding techniques will be used from folding and sewing the pages to covering the album. Some bookbinding experience helpful.

Paste Paper

with Juliayn Coleman

Sunday, November 16th

12:00 – 3:00 p.m.


One of the earliest methods of decorating papers was to add pigment to leftover glue, slather it on paper, and use whatever was handy to add shapes, lines and details. This method has endured through the ages because it’s soooo much fun. Come make your own using both traditional and modern techniques.

Date Book with Cloth Inlays with Juliayn Coleman

Sunday, December 7th

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Here is a bookbinding project so attractive, so uniquely expressive, it will stun you for its usefulness. It combines something you need (a 2009 date book) with an opportunity to construct shockingly beautiful patterns in colored bookcloth on the covers. You will become comfortable with common bookbinding adhesives, tools, and materials in this class. Make a book you will be thrilled to judge by its cover, and relieved to have for its content. Open to all skill levels.

Holiday Cheer Letterpress your own Holiday Cards

with Stacey Stern

Thursday, December 11th

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

$80 ($100 to personalize)

Come letterpress your own holiday greeting cards and thank you notes while enjoying good company, wine, and cheese. Each participant will take home a set of cards and notes to help celebrate the holiday season. No prior letterpress experience is necessary. For an additional $20, participants may add a customized greeting or signature to their cards.

Make a Stationery Box

with Juliayn Coleman

Saturday, December 13th

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Wondering what to do with all that extra stationery you’ve got lying around? What about those cards you made in the Holiday Cheer class? This workshop takes you through each cut and fold of assembling your very own box. It makes an ideal container to keep your own stationery organized, or the perfect gift for that special someone.

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