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Students will make several structures, including a pamphlet, a flat and a rounded case bound multi-section book, and a photo album. This introductory course will familiarize students with the basic materials (paper, cloth, board, and adhesives), techniques (folding, sewing, gluing), and history of bookbinding. Students will make several structu

M.T.W.Th.F.   Nov 10th - Nov 14th, 10am
Monday November 10 10am - 4pm 5 Sessions $625
Tuesday October 14 6pm - 9pm 10 Sessions $625
Other Dates (2)

Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books and half of the renowned Purgatory Pie Press, teaches bookbinding for artists and printmakers.Explore simple bookbinding from Eastern and early Western traditions. Make ten or more books from start to finish. Make individual and collaborative books, unique books and small editions. Book structures includ

T.   Oct 14th - Nov 18th, 6:30pm
All levels
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Learn to make books for fun or profit—can be a new hobby--great for gifts, cards, etc.—or contribute to your profession—portfolios, promo pieces, artist books. Explore simple bookbinding from Eastern and early Western traditions. Make ten books from start to finish. Make individual and collaborative books, u

W.   Oct 29th - Dec 10th, 6pm
All levels

Kids and parents learn printmaking together at this series of three Brooklyn Arts Council-funded workshops at Shoestring Press. Families are encouraged to sign up for the whole series of three, or just drop in for one class at a time. Sessions are two hours long and run from 1pm to 3pm on each Sunday date. Sunday, September 28, Bookbindin

Su.   Oct 5th, 1pm
Sunday October 5 1pm - 3pm 1 Session $15
Sunday October 12 1pm - 3pm 1 Session $15
Other Dates (2)

Highlighting the many luminaries who have taught at the Center over its forty years, we're excited to announce this special series of Anniversary Workshops.Starting with the idea of an architectural monument, join Kumi Korf for an investigation of sculptural book structures. She will introduce you to five different structures, all of them used as a

Sa.Su.   Oct 18th - Oct 19th, 10am
All levels

In this weekend workshop participants will learn to create prints/cards/ephemera from photo polymer plates using the platen press. In this weekend workshop participants will create prints/cards/ephemera from photo polymer plates using the platen press. The focus of the course will be the fundamentals of printing on the platen presses. Students sho

Sa.Su.   Dec 6th - Dec 14th, 10am
All levels

You will develop your own small composition, such as greeting, business or postcards and, time allowing, complete a second project. In this course you will learn the basics of hand typesetting and letterpress printing. We will cover the essentials of good presswork, including inking, imposition and impression and move on to discuss typefaces, pape

W.   Oct 29th - Dec 17th, 6pm

You will learn to operate the Center's motorized guillotine paper cutter, which makes it easy to cut large stacks of paper and to trim the edges of books. You will also learn how to care for our Vandercook proof presses. Get trained to use both the guillotine and the printshop in one three hour workshop. You will learn to operate the Center's motor

M.   Nov 17th, 6pm
All levels
Monday November 17 6pm - 9pm 1 Session $95
Monday December 8 6pm - 9pm 1 Session $95
Other Dates (2)

Highlighting the many luminaries who have taught at the Center over its forty years, we're excited to announce this special series of Anniversary Workshops.What could possibly go wrong in a bookbinding project? Everything! We know, we've been making books for over 60 (combined) years. We'll present to you our failures; our successes; our good ideas

Sa.Su.   Nov 8th - Nov 9th, 10am
All levels

This course provides a grand overview of four bookbinding techniques (the 1-page book, the accordion style book, traditional Japanese bookbinding and hardcover bookbinding) and an introduction to book layout techniques. After participating in the hands-on demos, students will create on blank book of each style to use as a journal, sketchbook or giv


Learn adhesive applications, archival materials and professional techniques to complete 3 finished books during this fun weekend. Gain all the basic skills of binding in this fun weekend. You will complete 3 finished books to use as journals or drawing books including an accordion fold structure with hard covers, an Asian binding, and an album with


Learn to sew a blank book by-hand, of multiple pages, with decorative endsheets. Then case in your pages, for a hard cover binding with lovely book cloth. This is a perfect book for journal writings, drawings and collage. Learn to sew a blank book of multiple signatures in this classic, versatile codex binding. This is a great workshop for the be


Make four different bookbinding structures that combine text and images to effectively communicate ideas, emotions and stories in the form of an artist's book. Understanding and Planning Your EditionFor the binding component, you will make 4 different bookbinding structures. For the printing component, you will set type, print letterpress or creat


Familiarize yourself with the structure of the book while learning bookbinding & restoration, proper use of tools, materials and adhesives. Focus on traditional restoration techniques as you learn paper repairs using Japanese tissue, spine and hinge repairs, re-sewing loose sections, and cloth re-backing. Mend your own broken cloth binding books;


Learn 4 variations on longstich binding. Students will focus on historic, non-adhesive book structures, based on coptic methods. From a simple longstich, a longstich with a linked loop at the spine, to a Medieval longstich with a weaved, wood plated spine. You will go home with 4 new books to use as journals or artbooks. These are great bindi

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In the first class, get your hands dirty and learn techniques to create your own paste paper. This laid-back session will be followed by a tutorial on Japanese stab binding. Students will use their paper and new bookmarking techniques to make their very own journal. Some supplies included, others will be emailed upon registration.


Learn all phases of creating & printing an image which are designing, planning, & transferring the image, cutting the blocks, mixing colored inks, and operating a press. In the tradition of the hand printed, illustrated book a la Gutenberg, print a series of relief blocks with 3 images and 3 pages of text. You will set your text in metal foundry ty


Create a fabulous book using absolutely no adhesives. Perfect for artists' books, as the pages lie perfectly flat, and you do not lose any image or text. Everything is folded, creased and sewn [not on tapes]. Covers are made from a heavy weight paper. Variations of cover ideas will be covered. Perfect for letterpress books and printed covers.


In this class, students will learn the basics of paper making and basic book binding skills. From start to finish, you can create a journal or sketchbook! Experiment with different additives and stitching techniques for totally unique looks. No experience necessary. Note: All necessary supplies will be provided for students, and stud


Learn how to make a sketchbook that will fold completely flat when open for easy sketching. Students will each make one 5 x 8-inch hard back Coptic bound book using a lightweight drawing paper. This method will leave the spine open with a beautiful stitching exposed.Please bring scissors, a pencil and a 12” ruler.All other materials are included.

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