Learn about book structure!
Binding books evolved during a long
and colorful history. In a time before machines, resourceful binders came up
with uncounted ways of connecting manuscripts and covers together for ease
of reading and for protective storage.
In this class, ambitious students will make several books
sewn over supports. Each book will feature a new structural
element, and some will be sewn on a sewing frame. You'll learn how to design your own books with the goal of
understanding the relationship between materials, stitches and board
attachments. The skills you learn will serve you
well in either artist, historic or more traditional bindings, but class
emphasis will be on artist books.
Preparing and using a
Sewing over tapes
Wooden and book board
Ancient, traditional and
contemporary solutions to the "how do I get the covers to stay on"
books (optional, if time allows)
During the week,
students will sew several stitches, explore ways of attaching covers to the
text block, and
learn about different cover
materials and techniques. We'll sew over flat and raised supports
and lace them onto boards. Learn how to shape and prepare both book board and wooden boards for
attaching a text block.
You'll also learn (or review) the
basics, such as; choosing and preparing
tools and materials, confidently finding paper and board grain, choosing
which adhesive to use under various circumstances, covering boards neatly,
routing and sanding wood, safe use of power- and hand-tools, and much more.
Price $750 + $50 Materials
To sign up
or to make inquiries please contact Christine Cox at:
Quick beginner to intermediate *
Instructor: Christine Cox
This is the perfect
class if you've been making artist books and are ready to
investigate more traditional binding options.
Everything for all projects
is covered by the materials fee, but working with sterling silver, exotic
woods or similar upgrades will be extra (totally your choice).
* No knowledge will be
assumed, though previous bookbinding experience will
serve you well. The class is designed for those who have sewn a
book, glued cover materials, and are ready to move on to the next
step. We'll be doing all that in class, so if you're a quick learner
you'll do fine, otherwise, this is not the class for a raw beginner.
Completely unique and unavailable anywhere but at the
Volcano Arts Studio.
What to Bring
Journal or pad for
have a few OptiVisors to loan out) or really good eyes
That's it! It's so
nice to travel without a suitcase full of expensive tools, isn't
The studio is perfect for binding. For
inspiration, there are
over 300 hand-bound journals and books nestled in
amongst artwork done in other media. The large,
comfortable space is
visually stimulating and
your creative juices will flow. I have all kinds of interesting and
useful tools for making books, and I don't mind at all if the class
goes in a direction different than I anticipated (within reason, and
with the group's consent, of course). Even if we don't use them in your
particular class, the studio is full of
interesting tools and I love
talking about them and about the history and techniques of bookbinding. I
have tables of various heights, a guillotine cutter, sewing frames,
several kinds of presses, knives, brass stamps and gilding supplies, a
paring machine, and a plough. I've been a paper collector for years and
I love sharing my stash to energize and spark the creativity of
like-minded artists. Come up to Volcano and get