Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops

Bookbinding and calligraphy workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in exploring bookbinding and calligraphy to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of binding and calligraphy styles and techniques.

Individuals who are new to bookbinding and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional binders to learn new skills. For the most part, calligraphy classes are appropriate for all levels.

Calendar

Monday, August 3, 2015

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Paper, Folding, and Basic Books AM (9-11)

Monday – Friday, August 3 - 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Students begin by designing and painting decorative paper which becomes the covers of their books. They then learn basic structures including accordions, pamphlets and multi signature bindings. Students learn enough in this one week workshop to construct books at home. .

Caitlyn Thompson graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a duel degree in Visual and Literary Arts. She then went on to complete the two-year intensive bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School under the tutelage of Jeff Altepeter. Caitlyn has worked with private clients regularly, producing an array of projects from journals and photo albums to specialty boxes and fine leather design bindings. She is now attending Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she will earn her Masters degree in Art Education.

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Paper, Folding, and Basic Books PM (9-11)

Monday – Friday, August 3 - 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

Students begin by designing and painting decorative paper which becomes the covers of their books. They then learn basic structures including accordions, pamphlets and multi signature bindings. Students learn enough in this one week workshop to construct books at home. .

Caitlyn Thompson graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a duel degree in Visual and Literary Arts. She then went on to complete the two-year intensive bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School under the tutelage of Jeff Altepeter. Caitlyn has worked with private clients regularly, producing an array of projects from journals and photo albums to specialty boxes and fine leather design bindings. She is now attending Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she will earn her Masters degree in Art Education.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Three ways to make a secret Belgian binding

Saturday - Sunday, August 8 - 9, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$200

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

The origin of the Secret Belgian binding is debatable. It could be a contemporary structure from Canada, United States, Italy or the Netherlands or it could have originated in a Belgian monastery sometime between the 14th and 16th centuries. Setting aside the politics, this workshop explores the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On the first day, students put together two variations of this simple and quickly constructed non-adhesive structure. It opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. On the second day, students explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding created by Anne Goy through playing with the amount of sewing, size of sewing holes and incorporating Tyvek.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Exposed Sewing, Hard Covers, and Artists Books AM (12-14)

Monday – Friday, August 10-14. 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

This course introduces the potential of what a book can become in alternate forms once basic bindings are mastered. We will produce pamphlets, multi-signature link stitch bindings, and hardcover books. For the final project, students will be given the opportunity to either make a small edition using a structure of their choosing, or combine several techniques to create a non-traditional book piece: The Hidden Sculpture Book Structure.

Caitlyn Thompson graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a duel degree in Visual and Literary Arts. She then went on to complete the two-year intensive bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School under the tutelage of Jeff Altepeter. Caitlyn has worked with private clients regularly, producing an array of projects from journals and photo albums to specialty boxes and fine leather design bindings. She is now attending Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she will earn her Masters degree in Art Education.

Youth Book Binding Workshop: Exposed Sewing, Hard Covers, Artists Books PM (12-14)

Monday – Friday, August 10-14, 2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Caitlyn Thompson
$300

THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

15% first time student discount does not apply to this workshop.

This course introduces the potential of what a book can become in alternate forms once basic bindings are mastered. We will produce pamphlets, multi-signature link stitch bindings, and hardcover books. For the final project, students will be given the opportunity to either make a small edition using a structure of their choosing, or combine several techniques to create a non-traditional book piece: The Hidden Sculpture Book Structure.

Caitlyn Thompson graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a duel degree in Visual and Literary Arts. She then went on to complete the two-year intensive bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School under the tutelage of Jeff Altepeter. Caitlyn has worked with private clients regularly, producing an array of projects from journals and photo albums to specialty boxes and fine leather design bindings. She is now attending Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she will earn her Masters degree in Art Education.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

More historical bindings in paper

Saturday - Sunday, August 15 - 16, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$400

This workshop continues the exploration started in the Historical Bindings in Paper workshop (although the former workshop is not a prerequisite for this workshop). The two-day course examines the history of inexpensive paper-covered books used from the advent of the printed book in Europe through the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. Participants construct three common German structures (longstitch, trade paper case with lapped components and stiffened paper binding) using the associated sewing variations and end-sheet constructions. All materials are provided by the instructor. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I. The $40 materials fee is paid to the instructor.

Bill Hanscom graduated from the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in 2008 after earning his BFA in Graphic Design. He is currently a conservation technician for special collections at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library, and coordinator and adjunct instructor for the Book Arts program at Montserrat College of Art. His essay on traditional Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques will be published by The Legacy Press in 2016.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Miniature Painting on Vellum

Saturday - Sunday, August 29 - 30, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Fionnuala Hart Gerrity
$300

Vellum has long been a favorite surface for painting manuscripts, portrait miniatures, botanical illustration and bookbinding. Its smooth, translucent surface lends itself to rich, jewel-like images. In this two-day course, students learn how to approach this difficult and rewarding substrate with step-by-step instruction in making a miniature watercolor painting.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fundamentals of bookbinding I

Saturdays, September 12 - October 5, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$695

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course covers non-adhesive structures and case bindings, students learn about structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, and tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties.
The focus is on non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Italic Lettering Workshop

Saturday - Sunday, September 12 - 13, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$350

Beginning with the basics of pen angle, letter slope and letter proportion, participants learn how to create the Italic alphabet using a chisel-shaped pen dipped in ink. Lots of practice and a few simple projects help studetns become familiar with this calligraphy style.

Maryanne is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1

Saturdays & Sundays, September 19-20, October 17 - 18, November 21 - 22, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1100

Fundamentals of calligraphic arts 1: Italic and Copperplate lettering, layout and color fundamentals Meeting one weekend per month for three consecutive months, this course provides a solid foundation in Italic lettering, Copperplate script lettering, layout and color. Students benefit from 48 hours of classroom/studio time at the school with continuous instruction. Between classes, students work on projects at home to reinforce learning and skill-building. Italic lettering concentrate on the basic techniques required for understanding how broad-edged pen lettering is done: pen angle, pen scale and letter slope. Through a series of exercises and practice projects, students learn to change the look of any alphabet by altering the pen scale and other elements. During the Copperplate section, students learn how to use a pointed pen to achieve beautiful script lettering, concentrating on optimal contrast between the ‘thicks and thins’ of the script lettering. In the layout and color classes students complete several projects using multiple pen nib sizes on a single project and work to become proficient in the use of gouache for lettering in color. Supplies for this course are about $150 -$200. Prerequisite: None.

Maryanne is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, September 28 - October 2, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course will cover non-adhesive structures and case bindings, which will teach structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment. Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. .

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Family and Friends Bookbinding Workshop

Sunday, October 4, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$200

One young person (8-16) with and adult partner work side-by-side to make three books each: a pamphlet book, an accordion book and a surprise structure. This is a fun, fast-paced day of serious play that develops folding, measuring, gluing and cutting skills while providing an introduction to the tools and materials used in a bindery.

Nancy Fresella-Lee is a bookbinder and an art historian who loves to get others excited about art and bookbinding. She has worked at several museums and formerly ran a long-running after school art program for children in Cambridge, England. As a bookbinder, she currently works part-time in the conservation department at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and has her own bindery business in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Medieval Long- and Link-Stitch Bindings

Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$350

Long-and link-stitches connect the text block directly to the limp parchment cover and can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants choose from a number of templates and create two structures using traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.A supply fee of $40 is paid to the instructor.

Bill Hanscom graduated from the Book Arts/Printmaking MFA program at the University of the Arts in 2008 after earning his BFA in Graphic Design. He is currently a conservation technician for special collections at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard Library, and coordinator and adjunct instructor for the Book Arts program at Montserrat College of Art. His essay on traditional Ethiopian bookbinding practices and techniques will be published by The Legacy Press in 2016.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Focus on Case Bindings

Monday – Friday, October 19 - 23, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

This course focuses on case binding structures. Students will learn through repetition while exploring minor changes in technique with each book. Throughout the week, the course covers structural elements, sweing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various tools and equipments. Discussions cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools and adhesives and their properties. Suitable for beginners and those who want to refresh skills.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Travel Journals

Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$175

Books that fit in your pocket! Add a pen loop, picture or pocket for memorabilia! Make it waterproof with Tyvek. Tie it up with beads and buttons, or close it with a magnet. This one day workshop explores the possibilities of a versatile book that goes wherever you go.

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

The Miniature Book

Friday - Sunday, October 30 - November 1, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$425

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges for the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall. During this course students construct three books of diminishing size: a long-stitch binding with decorated boards, a quarter-leather binding and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure.

John Reid Cunningham , an alumni; BB/1990, is currently the associate director for digital programs and preservation at the Athenaeum. He has taught at many venues around the US and is currently the adjunct lecturer in book conservation at the graduate art conservation program at Buffalo State College.

He continues to create design bindings and book art, and has exhibited worldwide. http://www.reid-cunningham.com/. .

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Paper marbling with Chena River Marblers

Saturday - Sunday, October 31 - November 1
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Regina & Dan St. John
$425

The first day of this two-day workshop gives students a basic introduction to paper marbling. Learn many traditional combed marbled patterns as well as the basic stone pattern. Prepare your own marbling size and papers for marbling and learn how to make simple combs for independent future use. On the second day, learn additional combed patterns, the beautiful Spanish Moire style of marbling and the Turkish Ebru (Flower Style) marbling.

All materials will be supplied for these classes and students may expect to complete from 20-30 papers during the two-day class. There is a $48.00 fee for supplies and equipment for this class.

Regina and Daniel St. John own and operate Chena River Marblers, a bookbindery and craft business in Amherst. Regina has been a full-time professional fabric and paper marbler for the past 19 years. Her work is recognized nationally and she is frequently engaged by bookbinders and book artists to produce a wide range of specific traditional and original marbled papers for unique projects. Daniel St. John is a full-time professional bookbinder and a member of the National Guild of Book Workers.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday – Friday, November 2 - 6
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course will cover non-adhesive structures and case bindings, which will teach structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment. Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. .

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Copperplate Script

Saturday - Sunday, November 7 - 8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$350

This beautiful Victorian-era script is perfect for invitations, formal table accessories and as an accompaniment to broad-edged lettering on scrolls. Leave this weekend course with several usable projects including a mock invitation and envelopes.

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Paste Paper Workshop

Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$195

THIS WORKSHOP IS RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, DEC. 12 - SEE DEC 12th ENTRY, BELOW, TO REGISTER

In this one-day workshop, we explore a variety of recipes, papers and techniques to make decorative paper using a combination of adhesive and colorant, commonly called paste papers. Paste paper is regularly used in bookbinding and can be used for other paper projects..

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

Variations - Exploring the Accordion Book

Saturday - Sunday, November 7 - 8, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$325

The accordion book structure is a favorite with contemporary book artists because the format offers endless design possibilities and ways to convey visual and literary content. This is an ideal structure for beginners, and the workshop includes some basic techniques of bookbinding to help develop hand skills. Participants experiment with and complete several variations of accordion books during the workshop.

Nancy Fresella-Lee is a bookbinder and an art historian who loves to get others excited about art and bookbinding. She has worked at several museums and formerly ran a long-running after school art program for children in Cambridge, England. As a bookbinder, she currently works part-time in the conservation department at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and has her own bindery business in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

A New Binding for a Favorite Old Book and a Box to Put It In.

Monday – Friday, November 16 - 20, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$695

In this workshop, students rebind an existing commercial binding by carefully removing he case and making a new binding with a leather spine and false reaised bands. In addition, students construct a clamshell box to fit their newly bound book. Students provide their own hardbound book to rebind. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding 2 or some experience with leather.

Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding while obtaining her BFA at The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) of Chicago. After SAIC, she studied bookbinding at North Bennet Street School under the direction of Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley where she fine-tuned her hand skills and mastered a variety of historical and contemporary structures from non-adhesive to case bindings to fine leather bindings.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Book in a Box, Workshop for High School Students

Saturday - Sunday, December 5 - 6, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Nancy Fresella-Lee
$250

Contemporary artist's books are often contained in a box or wrapper that is an integral component of its conception. This idea is explored with examples and discussion. participants make a book that can be a sketchbook or a journal and then construct a box that is either attached to the book or is a container especially designed to hold it.

Nancy Fresella-Lee is a bookbinder and an art historian who loves to get others excited about art and bookbinding. She has worked at several museums and formerly ran a long-running after school art program for children in Cambridge, England. As a bookbinder, she currently works part-time in the conservation department at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester and has her own bindery business in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Paste Paper Workshop

Saturday, December 12 , 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$195

In this one-day workshop, we explore a variety of recipes, papers and techniques to make decorative paper using a combination of adhesive and colorant, commonly called paste papers. Paste paper is regularly used in bookbinding and can be used for other paper projects..

Amy Lapidow graduated from the NBSS Bookbinding program in 1995 and is a founding member of The Three Ring Binders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Amy's interests include modernizing historic bindings working with artists to help them translate their visions into book form. Visit Amy's website at www.thethreeringbinders.com.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 2

Saturdays & Sundays, February 20-21, March 19-20, April 2-3, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$1100

Fundamentals of calligraphic arts 2: Learn layout and color skills, manuscript gilding and preparing hand-lettered artwork for commercial printing. This class is held one weekend per month for three consecutive months. The course culminates with each student creating a certificate design to be printed and then completed by hand. Supplies for this course are about $150 -$200. Prerequisite:Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts 1.

Maryanne is a calligrapher, graphic designer, and book artist. She is the owner of The Abbey Studio in Hingham, Massachusetts. Maryanne studied under Sheila Waters and Jeanyee Wong and at Parsons School of Design and Hood College. She is the author of Calligraphy: a Course in Hand Lettering.

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Other bookbinding and calligraphy classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Jim Morris. We welcome class  requests.

  • A book of one's own - versatile journal and sketchbook designs
  • A well-appointed desk - practical stationery forms
  • Accordion books
  • Basic paper conservation for bookbinders
  • Book repair
  • Book structures for conservators
  • Bookbinding for teens
  • Bookbinding in america in the 19th century
  • Case binding
  • Cloth case bookbinding
  • Crossed structure bookbinding
  • Embellishing cloth-case bindings
  • Exploring the album structure
  • Girdle books
  • Intro to non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Introduction to marbling
  • Introduction to boxes & enclosures
  • Introduction to hand tooling
  • Introduction to leather
  • Islamic binding
  • Lettering & creating a guest book
  • Limp vellum bookbinding
  • Modernizing historic bookbinding models
  • Non-adhesive bookbinding
  • Oriental bindings
  • Paper conservation
  • Paper dying with plants
  • Paste papers - color theory, production, and matching colors
  • Pop-up books
  • Rebacking bookbindings - paper, cloth, and leather
  • Sewn board bindings
  • The classic leather binding
  • Three month bookbinding intensive
  • Tips and tricks for book and paper conservation
  • Travel journals
  • Caligraphy/guest book
  • Copperplate script
  • Gilding icons and miniatures
  • Hand lettering - five styles
  • Introduction to calligraphy
  • Manuscript gilding & illumination
  • Uncial lettering