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.

Calendar

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.

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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bookbinding 101

Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Amy Lapidow
$200

In this two day class, students get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and sewn-board binding. Finally students, construct a box to house all of their creations. Bookbinding 101 is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Monday, January 30, 2017

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday, January 30 to Friday, February 3 (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 required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fundamentals of Calligraphic Arts I

Saturdays & Sundays, February 25-26, March 25-26, April 22-23 (six sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Maryanne Grebenstein
$800

In this class students are introduced to Italic lettering and Copperplate script. They are also exposed to page layout and how to effectively use color in calligraphy projects. The class meets one weekend per month for three months, with home assignments between classes. We cover the important basics of broad-edged lettering such as pen angle, letter slope and letter proportion. Using a T-square to prep paper for calligraphy, students learn interesting design ideas such as incorporating more than one lettering style in a piece, or using two or more different lettering sizes in a piece to create an interesting layout.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

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Introduction to Paper Conservation

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday February 26 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$400

This class explores contemporary methods of repairing damaged historical papers. Students are be provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, but they are encouraged to bring their own documents to conserve during the class.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bookbinding 101

Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 28 to March 9 (four sessions)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$200

In this two day class, students get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and sewn-board binding. Finally students, construct a box to house all of their creations. Bookbinding 101 is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

All tools and supplies are provided.

Register

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Limp Vellum Binding

Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$350

This simple yet elegant binding arose in the 15th century in response to the advent of the printed book. This structure allowed the binder to quickly construct a solid and durable binding. Each student constructs their own binding learning how to sew over alum-tawed thongs on a sewing frame, create traditional hand-sewn endbands and work with vellum and leather. If a student has a sensitivity to using animal products, they may use handmade paper for the cover.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lecture: Islamic World Papermaking

Thursday, March 9
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Instructor: Radha Pandey
Free. Please register in advance as space is limited.

The talk explores traditional Islamic-world papermaking history and technique, with a focus on contemporary practices in India. The Kagzi family is used as a case study to illuminate the introduction of papermaking in India and how it changed under British rule. The talk will also briefly cover how papermaking affected printing, publishing and literacy, and why it is relevant today.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Islamic World Papermaking (Class)

Saturday, March 11 & Sunday, March 12 (two sessions)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Radha Pandey
$425

In this class, students learn about Islamic-world papermaking and its role in the broader history of papermaking. On the first day, students are introduced to the papermaking technique used throughout the class. On the second day, surface finishing techniques such as brush dyeing, mordanting, sizing and burnishing are demonstrated and are applied to the finished sheets. Everyone creates a sampling of the various techniques on their own Islamic-world papers.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Saturdays, March 18 to April 15 (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 required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I

Monday, April 24 to Friday, April 28 (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 required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Secret Belgian Binding

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$200

The origin of the Secret Belgian binding is debatable. It could be a contemporary structure coming out of 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 class explores the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. On day one, students assemble two variations of this non-adhesive structure, which is simple and can be quickly constructed. It opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. On day two, students explore modified versions of the Secret Belgian binding by playing with the amount and size of sewing holes and incorporating Tyvek.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Introduction to Paper Conservation

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14 (two sessions)
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
$400

This class explores contemporary methods of repairing damaged historical papers. Students are be provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, but they are encouraged to bring their own documents to conserve during the class.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

Register

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Make Your Own Punching Cradle

Saturday, May 20 (one session)
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Instructor: Erin Fletcher
$75

A punching cradle is a very useful piece of equipment for bookbinders. During this class, students create a collapsable punching cradle with a variable length. The collapsible cradle is lightweight, saves space and is perfect for traveling or working in small spaces.

Students are required to bring the items on this supply list to the first day of class.

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