Bookbinding and Calligraphy

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.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Focus on Case Bindings

Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$675

This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.

Students explore case binding structures through repetition while experimenting with minor changes in technique with each book. The course covers structural elements, sewing variations, covering, and cutting techniques using various tools and equipment. Discussions cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. Students have ample time to repeat each technique in order to achieve precision and accuracy. This course is suitable for beginners or those who want to refresh their skills.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Saturdays, October 15 to November 12 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$675

Students learn the foundations of bookbinding through hands-on experience and discussion of both adhesive and non-adhesive books. Learn structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, in addition to proper use of tools and equipment. Discussions throughout the course cover terminology, materials selection, and use. Structures covered include: coptic; long stitch; flat back

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Introduction to Book Conservation

Monday, October 17 to Thursday, 20 (four sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$775

This course introduces students to techniques for the repair of 19th and 20th century cloth case bindings. Bench work focuses on producing aesthetically pleasing repairs that retain as much of the original book as possible. Each student receives a book to work on, but students should also bring in their own books to work on. The course covers: basic paper conservation, disbinding and re-sewing a textblock, making new inner hinges, tools and techniques for lifting, and rebacking in cloth.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience. Please contact us if you have questions about your level of experience.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Public Lecture: Binding a Livre de Peintre

Tuesday, October 25
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free and open to the public. Please register online.

Luigi Castiglioni will share with participants the process of binding an important “livre de peintre” in the French tradition. Using images from his recent project creating a binding for a copy of Jaime Sabartès’s Dans l’Atelier de Picasso, with 6 original lithographies of Pablo Picasso and 30 reproductions, the presentation will cover the full process from the design stage through the final finishing techniques. This talk is not a tutorial. The intent, rather, is to let the audience witness and enjoy the making of an original creation. It is only by knowing every aspect of the work that one can fully take pleasure in a binding from the great French tradition.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Classic Paper Marbling

Saturday, November 5 to Sunday, November 6 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chena River Marblers
$425

This class is now full. Please call or email the Continuing Education Office to be added to the wait list. 617-227-0155 ext.130 or continuingeducation@nbss.edu.

Learn to create marbled papers using pre-20th century processes. This labor-intensive approach involved the preparation of paints by mulling together prepared natural pigments, binder and a beeswax fixative. Additional substances were added to control spreading and to achieve specific patterns. Because the beeswax was embedded in the paint, a completed paper could be polished to a smooth, lustrous finish using an agate burnisher. In making our classic marbled papers, we have added the use of some pigments that were unavailable to our predecessors, but the process, as described above, is the same.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Italic Lettering

Saturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 13 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$350

This calligraphy course is appropriate for anyone new to calligraphy, or with some experience but in need of practice. Beginning with the basics of pen angle, letter slope, and letter proportion, students learn how to create the Italic alphabet using a broad-edged pen. Through practice and a few simple projects, students familiarize themselves with this lovely style of lettering. Perfect for poetry, invitations, place cards, greeting cards, and many other uses, the Italic hand is as relevant today as it was in 14th century Italy, where it originally developed.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fundamentals of Bookbinding II

Monday November 28 to Friday, December 2 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$675

This course focuses on hardcover structures. Students continue with rounded back case bindings learned in Fundamentals I and end the course with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students fine-tune their skills through repetition and develop a focus to details such as endpapers, structures, and headband variations. Topics of discussion include an overview of bindery equipment and processes such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience. Please contact us if you have questions about your level of experience.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Enclosures for Preservation and Beyond

Saturday, December 3 to Sunday, December 4 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Bill Hanscom
$375

Plus an additional $30 for materials due at first class, payable to instructor.

Boxes, wrappers, and slipcases are widely used to house and protect library and archival collections, but they also offer terrific opportunities for artistic exploration. Beyond the protective housing of original works such as books or print portfolios, enclosures can be altered and embellished to complement, enhance, and conspire with their contents. Over the course of this workshop students work to create a reference set of enclosures which neatly nest together.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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Paste Paper

Saturday, December 3 (one session)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$175

In this one-day class explore a variety of recipes 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 for other paper projects.

Students are responsible for bringing some tools and supplies, please view the full list here.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Online registration closes 7 days before the start of class or once enrollment is full. Please call the Continuing Education Office at 617-227-0155 ext. 130 to register within 7 days of class start.

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