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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Friday, July 29, 2016

Pierced Vellum Bindings

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 (3 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$525/$472

Vellum stiff-board bindings were common from the 16th to the 19th centuries throughout Europe. This course explores a hybrid modern structure utilizing historical elements found in early versions of the vellum stiff-board binding, but with flexible joints that create less stress. This binding is sturdy and elegant, takes gold tooling well and is suitable for conservation re-bindings as well as for presentation and design bindings.

Using this structure, students create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decorative boards beneath. This course covers: lap link sewing on vellum tapes; back bead endbands; fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiff-board case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Millimeter Binding

Monday-Friday, August 1-5 (5 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$725/$652

As leather shortages arose during WWII, binders developed the millimeter structure as a way to provide elegant leather binding to their clients. A minimal amount of leather covers the spine, with just a millimeter or two of leather on the cover boards. In this workshop, students create a Rubow-style millimeter binding. The book is wrapped in decorative paste paper made during the workshop with a thin strip of leather running across the top and bottom of the binding.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding II or equivalent experience. Students should have some knowledge of leatherwork.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Building Boxes

Monday-Thursday, August 8-11 (4 sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$650/$585

Books, documents and other objects can be damaged by the atmosphere around them; either by dust, temperature or sunlight. Creating an enclosure for your item is one way to protect them from their environment. Students construct a book, and then build four different enclosures around the book. The list of enclosures includes a slipcase, four-flap enclosure, clamshell box and “pizza” box. In addition to the enclosures, students make a leather spine chemise around a book from their own collection.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

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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Friday, September 9, 2016

Miniature Bookbinding

Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11 (three sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$425

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. During this course, students construct three miniature books of diminishing size, all less than three inches tall: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a quarter leather binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. The course contrasts the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books challenges students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

Prerequisites: 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, September 13, 2016

The Art of the Vanishing Fore-edge Painting

Tuesday, September 13 (one session)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor:Martin Frost
$175

This one-day workshop introduces students to fore-edge paintings, hidden paintings on the edges of a book that are revealed when the book is opened. A brief history of the process is also introduced in addition to tools and techniques. Students can expect to take away their own gilt-edged book with a hidden painting.

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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Public Lecture: The Curious Art of the Secret Fore-edge Painting

Tuesday, September 13
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Free and open to the public. Please register online.

Please also join us for Martin's fore-edge painting class. Register here.

Fore-edge painter Martin Frost uses books from his own collection to discuss the history of and techniques used in fore-edge painting. Martin has been working in West Sussex, England for 40 years. He has painted the edges of over 3500 books including examples of the scarce all-edge, split and two-way doubles and now binds many of his books too. He has written a workshop manual, published articles and lectured to many major organisations interested in the art and craft of the Book. He has appeared throughout the UK, Canada and the US. Recently he lectured at the 2015 Convention of the Society of Bookbinders at Keele University. His work can be found in many national and international institutes and private collections.

www.foredgefrost.co.uk

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Calligraphy and Painting on Vellum

Saturday, September 17 to Tuesday, September 20 (four sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructors: Maryanne Grebenstein and Fionnuala Hart Gerrity
$450

Working on vellum, students learn the italic style of hand lettering and techniques for painting miniatures. These materials and approaches have been employed by scribes and artists for centuries. During the first two days, students learn about calligraphy and letter a short quote on vellum. During the third and fourth days, students learn to paint on vellum, creating a miniature much like those found in illuminated manuscripts. The subject of the painting relates to the text and is usually derived from nature.

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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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Making Pop-ups Using Origami Techniques

Sunday, September 18 (one session)
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Instructor: Joel Stern
$75

This class is in collaboration with The 2016 Movable Book Society and Ticknor Society Joint Conference. Open to the public, registration required.

Using origami and pop-up techniques, this short workshop focuses on making paper-folded faces that can be incorporated into hand-made books. Models taught are of increasing complexity, with opportunity for students to create their own.

All tools and materials are provided and are included in the tuition price.

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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Paper Craft Meets Circuitry

Sunday, September 18 (one session)
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Jie Qi
$75

This class is in collaboration with The 2016 Movable Book Society and Ticknor Society Joint Conference. Open to the public, registration required.

Add electronics to your paper crafts to make them dynamic and interactive. Design and craft circuits on paper with Chibitronics Circuit Stickers, tiny peel-and-stick electronic parts that you can use to make interactive glowing paper craft projects. No circuit building or crafting experience necessary.

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, September 19, 2016

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday, September 19 to Friday, September 23 (five sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$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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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Travel Journals

Saturday, September 24 (one session)
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.

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, 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

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.

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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 Repair

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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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

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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