Workshops

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At Big River Bindery we don’t want to have all the fun, so we offer workshops in printing and binding so you can try it out yourself. See the listings below for both long and short-term classes you can take. All classes have a maximum of 6 students.

To register, email bigriverbindery@gmail.com
or call 404-831-3849

If you don’t see what you want here, check out our list of past workshops at http://bigriverbindery.com/pastworkshops/

Spring 2018

 

Introduction to Bookbinding 

Never made a book before but always wanted to try? This one evening workshop will teach you the techniques to start making your own books and pamphlets, learning how to work with paper, thread, and glue. We will make six different book structures that you can use for gifts, small notebooks, journals, or art projects. No experience is necessary, and all are encouraged to join in.

Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $35.00

 

Wine and Valentine – Letterpress Pressure Printing

Join us for a fun afternoon of printing in the studio. We’ll be making pressure prints, a method similar to rubbings. A type-high block is set in the press bed, and a handmade low-relief plate – in this case your collaged shapes and words – is inserted behind the printing paper. The higher the relief, the darker that area is. It’s a quick and simple way of making images and text. Unlike most printing, the text and imagery don’t have to be reversed.

Enjoy a FREE glass of wine (21 and older) while you work the presses.

Participants will take home 5 handmade prints and bragging rights that you printed it yourself. It’s a drop-in event, come by anytime during the event to make a print.

Saturday, February 3, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, $15 for the afternoon.

Register now by sending us an e-mail (bigriverbindery@gmail.com). Your registration fees can be paid on-site via cash, check, or card.

 

 

Long Stitch Binding

The long stitch book was common to accountants in 16th Century Italy. In this workshop we will construct a modern variation using the long stitch method with multiple sections to build more pages into your books. The binding method has rows of sewing on the spine that serve as a decorative element. Participants will go home with a completed book.

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $40.00

 

 

Flag Book

Flag books appear to be a simple book structure on the outside but open to show a staggered and complex scene on the inside. Invented by Hedi Kyle, his structure functions as a book or paper sculpture.

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $40.00

 

Paper Wrapper Binding

Paper has been used for book covers long before the modern paperback. Since the 16th century, paper covers have proven to be strong and attractive. This class will explore the use of paper for making covers for hand-sewn books, concentrating on a book with a linking stitch and a pasted cover. Participants will go home with a handmade book to use as a sketchbook or journal, or to give as a gift.

Wednesday, March14, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $45.00

 

Drum Leaf Binding 

Drum Leaf Binding is a book format that uses adhesive alone to connect the pages. The book has flush edges and opens flat, which is ideal for sketchbooks, journals or artists books. We will also discuss a variety of paper choices and edge decorating techniques so you can personalize your books.

Mondays, March 19 & 26, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $100

 

Pierced Vellum Binding
with Guest Instructor James Reid-Cunningham

Vellum stiffboard bindings were common from the 16th to the 19th centuries throughout Europe. This course will explore a hybrid modern structure utilizing historical elements found in early versions of the vellum stiffboard 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 will create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decoration on the boards beneath. This course will cover: lining vellum, fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiffboard case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.

Historical examples of pierced vellum bindings can be seen at:

http://www.reid-cunningham.com/piercedvellumbin.html

And some of Jim’s:

http://www.reid-cunningham.com/piercedvellumbia.html

Instructor biography:

James Reid-Cunningham studied bookbinding with Mark Esser at the North Bennet Street School and received the distinguished alumni award from NBSS in 2006. He spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum, and served as the President of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010. From 2009 to 2013, he was the adjunct lecturer on book conservation in the graduate art conservation department at Buffalo State College. He is a bookbinder and conservator in private practice in Cambridge, MA. His website is www.reid-cunningham.com.

Friday to Sunday, April 20 – 22, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, with an hour lunch

$300 registration and $50 materials fee

 

Introduction to Bookbinding 

Never made a book before but always wanted to try? This one evening workshop will teach you the techniques to start making your own books and pamphlets, learning how to work with paper, thread, and glue. We will make six different book structures that you can use for gifts, small notebooks, journals, or art projects. No experience is necessary, and all are encouraged to join in.

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $35.00

 

Letterpress Intensive Weekend

Are you ready to publish that manifesto or make some cards to send to friends. Join us as we use the wood and metal type at the shop to print posters, cards, and mementos. Letterpress printing originated in the 15th Century, using movable type to set and reset words on the page. In this workshop students will learn how to properly run letterpress equipment and make their own printed artwork. If time allows, students will carve and print relief prints to combine with the printed text.

Saturday / Sunday, May 5 & 6, 9:00 – 4:00 pm, $200.00

 

Letterpress Printing

Are you ready to publish that manifesto or make some cards to send to friends. Join us as we use the wood and metal type at the shop to print posters, cards, and mementos. Letterpress printing originated in the 15th Century, using movable type to set and reset words on the page. In this workshop students will learn how to properly run letterpress equipment and make their own printed artwork. If time allows, students will carve and print relief prints to combine with the printed text.

Four Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, & 22, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, $180

 

To reserve your spot, contact us at 404-831-3849 or bigriverbindery@gmail.com. Online registration can be found at https://squareup.com/store/big-river-bindery