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2024 Workshops

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fabric marbling class winchester va
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The School for Bookbbinding Artsts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding. Our goal is simple: to make the study of bookbinding and related crafts enjoyable yet substantive. Our workshops feature demonstrations of techniques coupled with supervised student practice time. The topics in our classes are sure to entice you whether you are interested in bookbinding or the myriad kindred topics that make up paper arts and book craft.

To Register

  1. Registration is on a first-come/first-serve basis. Email us at workshops@cattailrun.com or call (540) 662-2683 to confirm availability and/or receive advice about which course to enroll in. You must pay the tuition for a class in order to guarantee your spot in it.
  2. A number of courses have materials' fees in addition to the tuition. The amount of such fee is noted in each course listing and indicates if it is due at registration or at the time of the class to be collected directly by the instructor.  If the materials fee is due at class, the class letter that goes out several weeks prior to the class will tell you the methods in which the instructor can take payment for the materials fee.
  3. Please note that $35 of each workshop tuition consists of a non-refundable administrative fee which will be deducted from your returned tuition if you withdraw. (This fee is waived should the workshop not be held).
  4. Refund policy: Tuitions and any materials fees paid upfront (less the $35 administrative fee per workshop) will be refunded to the student if they withdraw in writing via email 7 or more business days prior to the first day of class. This refund applies only to tuition and any materials fees paid in advance. Should the class be cancelled due to inclement weather or other exigent circumstance students will receive a full refund including the administrative fee.
  5. Upon payment for a class, we provide receipts as proof of registration.
  6. We accept credit card payments over the telephone for tuition and (where applicable) materials fees. You can also pay with a check or credit card by printing, completing, and mailing the Workshop Registration Form. We cannot at this time process debit cards or online payments.

Workshops and Descriptions Below

 Asterisk means prerequisite or experience required

Introductory Bookbinding Workshops

Introduction to Book Restoration

Instructors: Jill Deiss, Susan McCabe, & Alexis Candelaria
June 6 – 7 OR July 25 – 26
(both sessions Thurs – Fri),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 [no materials fee]Shabby books need not be relegated to the dustbin! In this class, learn to repair damaged corners and tattered endcaps & how to stabilize splitting joints on cloth and leather books. Dyeing, toning, and leather polishing are included. This course is designed for those wanting to learn how to refurbish antiquarian books and for anyone who wants to move on to our more challenging Advanced Restoration courses. For book dealers in particular, this class introduces many simple techniques that they or their staff can easily perform on ailing books, greatly increasing shelf presence. No prerequisite.

New Cloth Binding Construction

Instructors: Jill Deiss, Alexis Candelaria & Rowland Kirks
May 16 – 17 (Thurs – Fri),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $45 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]Historically, the making of new covers constituted the primary endeavor of a bookbinder, and to this day constructing new covers remains an essential part of a bookbinder’s job. Each student will create a new, hard cover for a book of their own, plus receive instruction on two additional cover styles.
Students will learn to set type and gold-stamp their own titling layout. If you are interested in book restoration, this is an essential course for understanding book structure, allowing you better to assess damaged books you want to restore.
No prerequisite.

Book Repairs for General Library Collections

Instructor: Jill Deiss & Alexis Candelaria
June 3 (Mon)
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$225
[no materials fee]Librarians take pride in the care they have traditionally offered the
books within their libraries. This workshop is intended for librarians and library staff, although it is open to all interested students. Expand your expertise in the area of library book repair by learning to mend damaged joints and spines and to re-adhere texts that have become loose or detached at their inner hinges. Tips for repairing
damaged pages will also be included. We emphasize the structural aspect of these repairs so that the books can hold their own while
receiving heavy use. Even so, these practical and economical repairs are designed to deliver a neat, professional result. No prerequisite.

Introduction to Paper Repair

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Alexis Candelaria
October 7 – 8 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course teaches methods for repairing damage to paper plus the necessary preparatory steps of non-invasive surface-cleaning, options for stabilizing pressure-sensitive tape, and humidifying and flattening rolled or crumpled pages. No prerequisite.

Full-Leather Medieval Girdle Book

Instructors: Jill Deiss, Susan McCabe, and Alexis Candelaria
June 17 – 18 (Mon – Tue), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $65 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]Long before Playtex sold our grandmothers on
the necessity of a “foundation garment” called
a girdle, medieval monks and the well-to-do of
Europe were sporting the latest fashion in books:
The Girdle Book. These books had naught to do
with undergarments but instead were worn on
the outside at the waist where they attached to a
“girdle” or belt. This way a monk or other devout
had no excuse for skipping a prayer time when theprayer book was attached right to them—and in the handiest way possible! This design is a book lover’s dream! Who needs a Kindle when there is a battery-less girdle book? Come join us for this enchanting class where you’ll sew and then leather bind a text into a girdle book—
complete with a colorful turban knot  (also called a “woggle”) at the top. No prerequisite.
Super cool! If you take the Girdle Book class of
June 17 – 18 and sign up for Jeffrey Altepeter’s Clasp Making class of June 20 – 21, you can make a clasp for your girdle book!

Fashioning Metal Clasps for Books

Instructor: Jeffrey Altepeter
June 20 – 21 (Thurs – Fri),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $10 materials
[hold materials fee until class]
Note: Sign up early for this class.
You’ve got tools and things to get before class, and you’ll need time to do that.Book clasps are seen on some of our earliest
bound volumes. Sometimes a clasp was
needed to prevent the book from gaping
open due to the nature of the covering or
text material (such as vellum, which is a
notoriously unruly material that needs to be
kept under wraps lest it warp out of control).
Sometimes clasps were needed because the
book was destined to be carried all over the
place and was more secure if tightly held.
But always a book is just more complete and
somehow more satisfying when it has a front
edge closure. Join us for this class where you will learn how to create book clasps
from metal stock. Being able to create your own metalwork for bindings opens the door to limitless design possibilities for your work
but also is essential for anyone undertaking restoration treatments. If you take the Girdle Book class (June 17 – 18) you can use that book
for your clasp work. Otherwise, you will
be provided with a board that has been
prepared to receive the hardware. No prerequisite.

Marbled-Cover Album

Instructors: Robin Ashby and Dianne Roman
July 22 – 23 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $50 materials
[hold materials fee until class]This workshop will have your engines revving from the first moment.
You’ll begin at the marbling tank where you will first marble paper that will become part of your album cover. You will then move on to creating the blank album pages and crafting the album cover.


The cherry on top will be setting type and then letterpress printing it for the title label on the front of your album! The marbling and letterpress portions of the class will give you a sound introduction to both of these crafts. This workshop is a satisfying journey from raw materials to a finished product. The result is a beautifully crafted blank album—all from your hands. No prerequisite.

Get Edgy: Fore-Edge Painting & Book Edge Marbling

Instructors: Melody Krafft,
Brittani Locke, & Jill Deiss
November 4 – 5 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]The earliest fore-edge painting or “vanishing paintings” date from the 16th century. Whether by accident or design, an artist (and presumably as well a book lover) figured out that when the pages of a
book are fanned while being painted the result is a magic trick. When the book is closed, the fanned pages lose their stepped orientation, and the painting simply disappears. This trick has delighted many over the centuries, and now you

have the opportunity to learn this technique from renowned master and instructor Melody Krafft whose work has been exhibited and acquired in the U.S. and abroad. She is adamant that with her system of fore-edge painting you do not need to be a good painter (or even a mediocre one!) to accomplish a solid and satisfying fore-edge painting.


In edge marbling, dipping the edges of a book into a watery marbling tank seems like a recipe for disaster—but in fact it’s a final artistic touch that takes a text from blah to breathtaking! Under the expert guidance of marble Brittani Locke, you will create a number of marbled sheets and then deftly marble the edges of several blank notebooks [proudly produced in the US by NewLeafPaper.com using 100% post-consumer recycled material]. The fruits of your labors will be used to create the glorious marbled-covered notebooks you see above—finished off with an elegant gold-tooled line.

Historical Leather-Covered Pocket Diary Construction

Instructor: Mary Louise Sullivan
July 15 –16 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + 65 materials
[hold materials fee until class]For ages people have carried books that served as “remembrancers”—places to record information for later reference and to make note of
upcoming appointments. Called “pocket diaries” in the 19th- and early-20th centuries, these small-scale blank books were lightweight, handy, and everywhere. People as varied as Clara Barton, Wilbur Wright, and John Wilkes Booth carried pocket diaries. Ludwig van Beethoven used a similarly structured book called a “conversation book” in which people would write down what they wanted to say to him once his hearing had failed. Museums abound with donated pocket diaries that serve as important documentation about lives lived generations ago. The Standard model No. 31 pocketdiary from 1905 is the quintessential example of the pocket diary. Come make a leather-covered version of this pocket diary with us. Just as the originals were made, you’ll sew your text, make an
accordion pocket for the back, add a pencil loop, and create a leather cover with a closure loop on the front. As a bit of extra fun we’ll set your initials in type and gold stamp them on the cover tab. No prerequisite.

The Art of Japanese Bookbinding

Instructor: Lana Lambert
November 7 – 8 (Thurs – Fri),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $60 materials
[hold materials fee until class]From making paste to cutting paper, everything has a way and a purpose in the world of Japanese bookbinding. In this course, students will create multiple Japanese-style bound books based on historical models using authentic materials and processes. Featured styles include the elegant kochōsō (butterfly style), the hantori-chō (receipt book), the daifuku-chō (historically a merchant account book), the yamato-toji (for binding manuscripts), and the four-hole stab binding. As part of the class, the instructor will make available her collection of antique Japanese books to aid in the understanding of these structures. Students will learn about the iconic Japanese paper called washi—how to use it and how it differs from Western papers. The course will include a demonstration on properly cooking the all-essential paste adhesive. No prerequisite.

The Retchōsō: Multi-Section Japanese Binding

Instructor: Lana Lambert
June 24 – 25 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[hold materials fee until class]Developed during the Heian period in Japan, the retchōsō was used to record literature, poetry and traditional Noh dramatic chants. This style is useful today as personal sketch books, field journals, and chapbooks. In this workshop, make your own retchōsō which consists of a sewn, multi-section text, covered in decorative Chiyogami paper.Distinctively, within the centers of the folded text sections lie tasseled knots that bring delight to the sewing structure. In addition to folding and sewing your text, you will also be printing the woodblock Chiyogami paper to use for the covers of the softbound retchōsō. Lana will demonstrate the beauty of powdered raw pigments as she turns them into ink specially formulated for woodblock printing. Please join us for this complete Japanese binding & printing experience. No prerequisite.

Color Mixing & In-Painting for Book Restorers

August 3 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$225 + $15 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]After the structural repairs are completed, it is usually necessary to tint the repair materials. And books with printed paper covers often are badly worn. This class teaches the mixing and application of acrylic pigments for this work. Instructor Amy Jackson will guide you through the steps for replicating and blending colors as well as how to in-paint successfully without a studio art background. No prerequisite.

Leather Onlay Intensive

June 8 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$225 + $40 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course covers the basic elements of leather onlay work from preparation of the leather through the execution of designs. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to explore leather onlay as a decorative or content element in their bookbinding work. No prerequisite.

Advanced Bookbinding Courses

*Prerequisite: SBBA’s Intro to Book Restoration OR New Cloth Binding Construction

Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration: The Cloth Reback*

Instructor: Jill Deiss April 11 – 12
(Thurs – Fri), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $45 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course teaches the Cloth Reback—the professional technique for restoring cloth-bound volumes when the boards have detached from the text. In a cloth reback, new matching material is taken under the original for a functional repair that also improves the book aesthetically. Being able to reback cloth-bound books smoothly and with confidence is one of the most important skills of a bookbinder.

 

Advanced Leather Binding Restoration: The Leather Reback*

Instructor: Jill Deiss April 17 – 19 (Wed – Fri), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$445 + $60 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course teaches the Leather Reback for both loose-hollow/tubed structures and for tight-back volumes with raised bands. Students will go through the stages of preparing their texts and original covers to undergo restoration, paring the leather, and accomplishing the reback. Leather paring techniques will be taught with both the Schärffix parer and skiving knives.

Book Sewing Intensive*

Instructor: Susan McCabe
October 16 – 17 (Wed – Thurs),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]In this course, you will learn how to sew on tapes, sunken cords, raised bands, and split thongs all while using a traditional sewing frame (your own or one of ours). Students will also learn to determine when damaged sewing can be repaired and how to make those repairs. Plus the class includes an introduction to rounding and backing of texts and a session on the ploughing of text edges.

Endbanding Intensive*

Instructor: Susan McCabe
October 18 (Fri), 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$225 + $40 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]In this course, students will learn to make a variety of styles of endbands. In particular, students will learn the art of sewn endbanding (known in the trade as “worked” endbands). Also included in the workshop will be how to undertake repairs of a number of damages seen in aged endbands.

 

 

Box Making Courses

Cloth-Covered Clamshell Box Making

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Alexis Candelaria
August 7 – 8 (Wed – Thurs) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials [materials fee due with tuition]Clamshell boxes are ideal for storing books as well as various kinds of loose materials. The proper construction of these book enclosures is an essential element of any bookbinder’s practice. We place emphasis on the use of acid-free/pH-neutral materials and on the selection of box-making tools for the home-based studio. Anyone serious about bookbinding needs to be able to craft a solid clamshell box.
No prerequisite.

 

 

Advanced Clamshell Tray Structures*

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Mona Hayford
August 9 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$225 + $45 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course delves into the construction of two alternate cloth-covered tray structures: the double-wall and the fourth-partial side. The double-wall has two layers of interlocking book board on its side rails something massive. The fourthpartial side tray, as its name suggests, encloses a portion of the spine edge of the lower tray (an area in most clamshell boxes left open to allow full access to the enclosed book). The additional partial side allows loose materials (for example: photographs, ephemera, or a two-volume set of books) to be held in the lower tray as the clamshell opens thus preventing them from spilling out. The gap in the partialwall side is meant to give good access for the hand in retrieving the materials. *Prerequisite: Cloth-Covered Clamshell Box Making

Slipcase Construction

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Mona Hayford
September 27 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$225 + $45 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course instructs students in the art of slipcase construction. Slipcases are by their very nature sleek, and a well-planned slipcase can employ numerous design options that allow it complement the book inside to perfection. The class includes two different slipcase structures for students to explore and construct. No prerequisite.

Rounded Leather-Spine Clamshell Box Making

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Mona Hayford
September 25 – 26 (Wed – Thurs),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]In this course, students will work with leather to fashion the ultimate classic book box: the rounded, leather-spined clamshell. Also included will be demos for a flat-spine structure and raised bands. The class features a different tray-construction style than is taught in the regular clamshell box making class, thus allowing students who take both classes to broaden their traymaking skills. No prerequisite.

 

Japanese Tea Box

Instructor: Lana Lambert
August 15 – 16 (Thurs – Fri),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $60 materials
[hold materials fee until class]Historically the chabako or traditional Japanese tea box housed
the implements used in the tea ceremony. A similar chabako form was constructed specifically for the holding and shipping of tea. This structure is so ideal that larger ones came to be used for storing other foods and even for storing clothes! The interiors of the boxes are lined with tin or metal foil and the outside covered in decorative papers called Chiyogami. Instructor Lana Lambert fell for Japanese tea boxes after seeing dozens of them stacked in a tea shop that sold teas from all over Asia. These stunning containers were full of different teas waiting to be scooped out for customers. The redolent shop had the feel of the most ancient and magnificent of apothecaries—and with the medicinal properties of tea, this wasn’t far from the truth. Lana used sheer restraint that day: while other customers were purchasing
scoops of the various teas, she only purchased two whole tea boxes. It’s like this when you’ve
been captivated. There is no turning back.
As this is a real tea box, you will be including traditional materials in the structure such
as wood, paper, laminated paper, decorative Chiyogami paper, along with a mirror-like metallic
lining. It is a sturdy box, ready for whatever job you give it. No prerequisite.

 

Marbling Workshops

The Art of Fabric Marbling (2 sessions)

Instructor: Brittani Locke
April 22 – 23 (Mon – Tue)
& May 24 –  25 (Fri – Sat)
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $90 materials fee
[hold materials fee until class]This workshop will allow you to create exquisite patterns in the marbling tank that then come to life on fabric. This class utilizes the timeless marbled designs seen for centuries in book and paper arts. The materials fee includes the necessary supplies including ample unhemmed cotton for producing marbled fabric. As you gain proficiency with the techniques, you may wish to move on to the more challenging work of marbling hemmed cotton pocket squares and long silk scarves which will be available for purchase and ready to marble at the workshop. Under the experienced guidance of instructor Brittani Locke, you will see your skill set expand as your stack of marbled fabric grows. Click for You Tube video of Brittani marbling fabric. No prerequisite.

Make Your Own Marbled Book Cloth

Instructors: Brittani Locke and Lana Lambert
October 25 – 26 (Fri – Sat)
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $85 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This is a workshop that will teach you how to turn blank cotton fabric into marbled book cloth which will perform like a dream when used in your book, box, or similar projects. For the workshop, students will learn to prepare fabric for marbling and how to marble the fabric. Included will be sessions on setting the colors to make them permanent and troubleshooting. You will take your marbled cloth through the processes of blocking and backing with paper to render it into book cloth. Students should expect to be able to create four pieces of book cloth during the workshop. The course will prepare you to replicate this process at home so you can go on making book cloth in your future. Your personally designed pieces will be so unique that it will be a game changer for all your future artistic endeavors. No prerequisite.

Beginning Paper Marbling (2 sessions to choose from)

July 19 – 20 (Fri – Sat)
with Robin Ashby
OR
August 22 – 23 (Thurs – Fri)
with Regina & Dan St. John
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[hold materials fee until class]We are offering two sessions of Beginning Marbling using acrylic
pigments. Marbled papers grace the covers of books and are used in many other crafts including box making, matting & framing, and greeting cards. You will learn numerous traditional patterns, many of which have their origins in early Turkey. These patterns later spread throughout Europe starting in the 1500s. Students may reasonably expect to produce 20 to 30 marbled papers during the class. No prerequisite.

Marbled-Cover Album

Instructors: Robin Ashby and Dianne Roman
July 22 – 23 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $50 materials
[hold materials fee until class]This workshop will have your engines revving from the first moment.
You’ll begin at the marbling tank where you will first marble paper that will become part of your album cover. You will then move on to creating the blank album pages and crafting the album cover.


The cherry on top will be setting type and then letterpress printing it for the title label on the front of your album! The marbling and letterpress portions of the class will give you a sound introduction to both of these crafts. This workshop is a satisfying journey from raw materials to a finished product. The result is a beautifully crafted blank album—all from your hands. No prerequisite.

Colorful! Making Your Own Acrylic Pigments

Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John
August 24 (Sat), 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$225 + $45 materials
[hold materials fee until class]This class is nothing short of a private session with the Color Doctor: Dan St. John. Dan will want to be in touch with each student prior to class to find out what colors present problems for them to create and what paints each students uses. In this way, the course content can be tailored to the needs of the students. So bring your troubles to us, the Doctor is In. No prerequisite.

Bellissimo! Italian Marbled Paper Patterns

Instructor: Regina & Dan St. John
August 26 – 27 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials fee
[hold materials fee until class]This course will take you beyond the traditional Italian combed patterns (marmo pettinato) into the realms of challenging patterns such as peacock (pavone) and snail (chiocciola). You will develop skill with the innovative Italian Sisters marbling comb under the careful guidance of the St Johns. In their travels, Regina and Dan always make a point of visiting Italian marbling production houses both small and large. The knowledge shared through these contacts represents a legacy that continues on through the teaching of the craft. With this course, learn what the Venetian marblers know without ever leaving our shores. No prerequisite.

Spanish Wave & Moiré*

Instructors: Regina & Dan St. John
August 24 (Sat), 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[hold materials fee until class]Marblers must be counted among some of the most innovative designers in history. The nearly endless array of patterns and motifs seen on marbled papers both historical and contemporary are a feast for the eyes. Spanish marblers contributed their own flair to the development of marbled patterns and by the middle of the 19th century had created a unique technique that came to be called the “Spanish Wave” (seen at right). This visually exciting pattern was soon employed extensively in England as a marbled paper used in bookbinding.


The Moiré Pattern builds on the Spanish Wave in a most unexpected manner: before marbling a Spanish Wave, the paper is mechanically manipulated to create a faceted surface. When marbled with the Spanish Wave, the result is as dramatic as a tempest on the sea. A Moiré can be further enhanced by the introduction of elements such as veining (see a Moiré with veining below). *Prerequisite of Beginning Marbling or experience.
Just how was it that the Spaniards came up with a design that was such a departure from other concurrent marbling styles? One story has it that a marbler, on the morning following strong drink, attempted to drop a page into the marbling bath; his hand shook unmercifully and the finished sheet showed not a regular pattern but one filled with billowing waves. Less romantic minds are inclined to believe that the Spanish Wave came about when a marbler, his hands slick with carageenan, lost his grip on the paper while laying it to the tank. What we really know is that the Spanish Wave is a resplendent pattern as thrilling
to make as it is to behold.

Acrylic Marbling: The Next Step *

Instructor: Regina & Dan St. John
August 26 – 27 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$445 + $95 materials fee
[hold materials fee until class]This “Next Step” is a big one and to say the possibilities are endless is not an overstatement. This three-day acrylic marbling intensive pushes students to beyond the 21st century with patterns so outrageous, so unheard of, so breaking all the rules! *Prerequisite of Beginning Marbling or experience.

Pop-Up Book Making with Your Own Marbled Paper

Instructor: Pam Buchanan & Brittani Locke
October 28 – 29 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $75 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]Note: There will be a few small items for you to acquire prior to the workshop. This ground-breaking workshop merges the surprise of pop-ups with the visual depth and excitement offered by marbled paper. No one else is incorporating marbling into their pop-ups as is Pam Buchanan! These photos say it all: Incredible!

You’ll start at the marbling tanks under the tutelage of Brittani Locke to create a series of marbled papers to your own taste in color and design. From there you’ll learn pop-up fundamentals from book artist Pam Buchanan.

Then students will move on to the delight of employing their marbled papers in creating pop-up structures and embellishments to provide the illustrations for hardcover pop-up book. No prerequisite.

 

Get Edgy: Fore-Edge Painting & Book Edge Marbling

Instructors: Melody Krafft,
Brittani Locke, & Jill Deiss
November 4 – 5 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]The earliest fore-edge painting or “vanishing paintings” date from the 16th century. Whether by accident or design, an artist (and presumably as well a book lover) figured out that when the pages of a
book are fanned while being painted the result is a magic trick. When the book is closed, the fanned pages lose their stepped orientation, and the painting simply disappears. This trick has delighted many over the centuries, and now you have
the opportunity to learn this technique from renowned master and instructor Melody Krafft whose work has been exhibited and acquired
in the U.S. and abroad. She is adamant that with her system of fore-edge painting you do not need to be a good painter (or even a mediocre one!) to accomplish a solid and satisfying fore-edge painting.


In edge marbling, dipping the edges of a book into a watery marbling tank seems like a recipe for disaster—but in fact it’s a final artistic touch that takes a text from blah to breathtaking! Under the expert guidance of marble Brittani Locke, you will create a number of marbled sheets and then deftly marble the edges of several blank notebooks [proudly produced in the US by NewLeafPaper.com using 100% post-consumer recycled material]. The fruits of your labors will be used to create the glorious marbled-covered notebooks you see above—finished off with an elegant gold-tooled line.

Paper Craft Courses

Gold & Curls: Quilling and Gilding Workshop

Instructor: Naomi Geller Lipsky
August 1 – 2 (Thurs – Fri)
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $65 materials
[hold materials fee until class]Your eyes did not deceive you. It’s “quilling” not “quilting.” The art of quilling—historically also known as “paper filigree”— involves the rolling, pinching, coiling, and curling of narrow paper strips to create ornate flowers, flourishes, and arabesques that are then used as decorative elements in a multitude of ways. You will also be introduced to the world of gold leaf gilding and learn how to place 23k gold leaf. By integrating the venerable arts of gilding and quilling, you will learn to translate your concepts into brilliant three-dimensional creations. No prerequisite.

Handset Type and Accordion Books with Slipcase

Instructor: Dianne Roman
September 12 – 13 (Thurs – Fri ),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]You will learn to set your own short text, use a press to print it on paper, and then bind it as an accordionstyle flutter book. As an extra bonus, you’ll construct a slipcase for your masterpiece. For the content of your book, you could write a short poem, use your favorite words, tell a joke, make a list—whatever you dream up. No prerequisite.

 

Hand Papermaking

Instructors: Amy Jackson & Rowland Kirks
August 12 – 13 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$295 + $50 materials
[material fee due with tuition]In this class, students will learn the basics of papermaking including pulp sources, methods of pulp preparation, tools needed for hand papermaking, how to pull pulp and create sheets. Also there will be instruction on a variety of techniques to add to your pulling technique that will allow you to create truly unique papers. This class is a must for anyone interested in art, bookbinding, or paper. Artists in particular will welcome the ability to produce paper for projects. Bookbinder s will gain understanding of an essential material and after this class will be better able to use and repair paper. No prerequisite.

Ex Libris by Hand: Carve and Print Your Own Bookplates

Instructor: Lana Lambert
October 10 – 11 (Thurs – Fri),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $60 materials
[hold materials fee until class]The Ex Libris—or book plate—is evocative of fine books and a deep library. It’s time to carry on this tradition by creating your own unique book plates for your own library! Students will learn a light history of the bookplate and then choose from a variety of pre-drawn elements to design an Ex Libris which will be carved into an easily-cut rubber printing block. After completing the carving phase, students will then print their bookplates on pre-gummed paper. The finale will be the construction of a small case to house the completed set of book plates. This is ideal for anyone looking to add a custom touch to their personal library or equally wonderful as a handmade gift. Each student will take their printing plate home so they can print more bookplates when and wherever they want! No prerequisite.

Pop-Up Book Making with Your Own Marbled Paper

Instructor: Pam Buchanan & Brittani Locke
October 28 – 29 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $75 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]Note: There will be a few small items for you to acquire prior to the workshop. This ground-breaking workshop merges the surprise of pop-ups with the visual depth and excitement offered by marbled paper. No one else is incorporating marbling into their pop-ups as is Pam Buchanan! These photos say it all: Incredible!

You’ll start at the marbling tanks under the tutelage of Brittani Locke to create a series of marbled papers to your own taste in color and design. From there you’ll learn pop-up fundamentals from book artist Pam Buchanan.

Then students will move on to the delight of employing their marbled papers in creating pop-up structures and embellishments to provide the illustrations for hardcover pop-up book. No prerequisite.

 

Printing Courses

The Retchōsō: Multi-Section Japanese Binding

Instructor: Lana Lambert
June 24 – 25 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $70 materials
[hold materials fee until class]Developed during the Heian period in Japan, the retchōsō was used to record literature, poetry and traditional Noh dramatic chants. This style is useful today as personal sketch books, field journals, and chapbooks. In this workshop, make your own retchōsō which consists of a sewn, multi-section text, covered in decorative Chiyogami paper.Distinctively, within the centers of the folded text sections lie tasseled knots that bring delight to the sewing structure. In addition to folding and sewing your text, you will also be printing the woodblock Chiyogami paper to use for the covers of the softbound retchōsō. Lana will demonstrate the beauty of powdered raw pigments as she turns them into ink specially formulated for woodblock printing. Please join us for this complete Japanese binding & printing experience. No prerequisite.

Handset Type and Accordion Books with Slipcase

Instructor: Dianne Roman
September 12 – 13 (Thurs – Fri ),
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]You will learn to set your own short text, use a press to print it on paper, and then bind it as an accordionstyle flutter book. As an extra bonus, you’ll construct a slipcase for your masterpiece. For the content of your book, you could write a short poem, use your favorite words, tell a joke, make a list—whatever you dream up. No prerequisite.

Ex Libris by Hand: Carve and Print Your Own Bookplates

Instructor: Lana Lambert
October 10 – 11 (Thurs – Fri),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $60 materials
[hold materials fee until class]The Ex Libris—or book plate—is evocative of fine books and a deep library. It’s time to carry on this tradition by creating your own unique book plates for your own library! Students will learn a light history of the bookplate and then choose from a variety of pre-drawn elements to design an Ex Libris which will be carved into an easily-cut rubber printing block. After completing the carving phase, students will then print their bookplates on pre-gummed paper. The finale will be the construction of a small case to house the completed set of book plates. This is ideal for anyone looking to add a custom touch to their personal library or equally wonderful as a handmade gift. Each student will take their printing plate home so they can print more bookplates when and wherever they want! No prerequisite.

Marbled-Cover Album

Instructors: Robin Ashby and Dianne Roman
July 22 – 23 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $50 materials
[hold materials fee until class]This workshop will have your engines revving from the first moment.
You’ll begin at the marbling tank where you will first marble paper that will become part of your album cover. You will then move on to creating the blank album pages and crafting the album cover.


The cherry on top will be setting type and then letterpress printing it for the title label on the front of your album! The marbling and letterpress portions of the class will give you a sound introduction to both of these crafts. This workshop is a satisfying journey from raw materials to a finished product. The result is a beautifully crafted blank album—all from your hands. No prerequisite.

Paper Care & Conservation

Introduction to Paper Repair

Instructors: Jill Deiss & Alexis Candelaria
October 7 – 8 (Mon – Tue),
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $55 materials
[materials fee due with tuition]This course teaches methods for repairing damage to paper plus the necessary preparatory steps of non-invasive surface-cleaning, options for stabilizing pressure-sensitive tape, and humidifying and flattening rolled or crumpled pages. No prerequisite.

Preservation Care for Paper-Based Collections

Instructor: Shan Linde
September 16 – 17 (Mon – Tue),
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
$295 + $80 materials
[hold materials fee until class]This class provides an introduction to archival methods in caring for paper objects such as drawings, prints, photographs, and ephemera. The two-day session will emphasize the development of hands-on skills and the creation of a set of examples for future reference for preservation, storage, and display projects. The syllabus is designed for those working with museums, historical societies, libraries, and private collectors. The instruction will feature different types of adhered hinging methods such as the T-hinge, V-hinge and the pass-through hinge as well as non-adhered hinge supports for paper artwork such as edge strips. Please bring several two-dimensions objects up to 8” x 10” and review the object criteria on our website in the description for this course. Our instructor Shan Linde is retired from the Conservation Department of The National Gallery of Art as senior technician in charge of collection care. She will share her vast experience with you so that you will learn the best practices for measuring then cutting mats, applying hinging to objects that are being housed in mats, and completing the matted unit. No prerequisite.