More Bookbinding Study Opportunities

Following up on our recent promise to do better about keeping you all informed about New England study opportunities…

North Bennet Street School offers another round of courses this summer and there is still time to register!

Bookbinding Courses

Stacie Dolin will teach the fundamental bookbinding course, Cloth Case Bookbinding.  June 27- July 1, 2011.

Martha Kearsley will offer a comprehensive introduction to book repair with The Cloth Case Reback, July 5-8, 2011.  Martha will then teach Sewn Boards Binding, July 9 and 10, 2011.

Two creative, recent NBSS graduates will present a unique course exploring the use of natural dyes in bookbinding.  Paper Dying with Plants runs July 11-15, 2011, and will be co-taught by Arini Esarey and Celine Lombardi.

Jeff Altepeter will offer an Introduction to Leather for Bookbinding, July 18-20, 2011.  This course is primarily focused on leather paring (thinning the leather) and will include plenty of hands-on practice as well as an in-depth discussion of the materials, tools and techniques used in leather bookbinding.  Great for those with basic bookbinding skills or for those that need to pick up long-neglected knives!

Modernizing the Historic Model will be co-taught by Stacie Dolin and Arini Esarey, July 25-29, 2011.  Come explore variations on historic binding structures using modern materials.

Martha Kearsley will be back, August 1-5, 2011, with an Introduction to Boxes and Enclosures.

A one-day class, Embellishing the Cloth Case, will be taught by Celine Lombardi and Anne McLain on August 6, 2011.  This is a great follow-up for students that have taken the fundamental cloth case binding course and anyone else that wishes to add some new layers.

Calligraphy and Related Arts

Maryanne Grebenstein of Abbey Studio will be at NBSS again this summer and fall with her popular courses on Calligraphy and Illumination.  Manuscript Gilding, July 9 and 10, 2011; and then come back for Hand Lettering: Five Styles, August 1-5, 2011, to learn the five basic lettering styles using a broad edged pen.

If you want more than the taste offered in these summer calligraphy courses please check out the Three Month Calligraphy and Illumination Intensive offered in the fall of 2011.

Online registration for North Bennet Street School workshops is available at

Garage Annex School

There are some great study opportunities available to you all in the New England area this year.  We apologize for not doing a better job keeping you informed of them, but there is still time to register!  We are passing along the following message from our friends at GAS:

Garage Annex School for Book Arts 
Dear friends:We are grateful to all of you who have registered for workshops recently.Tomorrow we are meeting with the folks from Williston prep school to determine if we satisfy their minimum requirments for the number of lodgers. We are hopeful they may let us use the dorm for the most populated of our summer workshops. 

So, again, if you are thinking of studying at GAS this summer this would be a great time to let us know!

GAS, located in Easthampton, MA, is offering a variety of workshops taught by Daniel Kelm, Art Larson, Nancy Moore Bess, Dea Sasso, and Julia Miller:

Independent Projects
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 20-24

The Book Restructured—Wire Edge Binding
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 27-28

The Ultimate Album
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 29-July 1

Letterpress Broadsides
with Art Larson, July 2-3

The Codex Restructured—Rethinking the Spine
with Daniel E. Kelm, July 4-8

Japanese Packaging: Seeking a Narrative
with Nancy Moore Bess, July 9-10

Book Repair and Restoration for Beginners
with Dea Sasso, July 11-12

Codex C: A Late Sixth-Century Coptic Binding
with Julia Miller, July 13-15

The Leather Intensive
with Daniel E. Kelm, July 17-22

If you register for a workshop and it is cancelled due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund. It’s disappointing when students wait to enroll and then find we have cancelled a workshop because we were short one or two students! If you are planning to come, please let us know.

Please visit: for all the details.

Please keep in mind that Daniel offers private instruction at GAS too. The possibilities are nearly endless with a customized curriculum! If you would like to discuss this, he can be phoned at 413-527-8044 or emailed at

We look forward to seeing you here at GAS.
Greta Sibley, Co-director
Greta D. Sibley
Garage Annex School, Inc.
One Cottage Street #5, Room 5-03
Easthampton, MA 01027
studio: 413-529-0070
fax: 413-529-0071

Maine Media Workshops and College

Passing along this announcement from our friends at Maine Media:

Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine, announces a full schedule of Book Arts and Book Design workshops for 2011:
For complete course details and registration information, please visit the school’s website:
Adobe InDesign – From master pages and importing graphics to formatting text, learn the ins and outs of Adobe’s extensive design software.  April 17 – 23 & October 23 – 29, with Peter Koons

Blurb Bookmaking – Using Blurb’s new B3 program, gain greater control over color management workflow. Explore the world of online publication with Blurb. April 24 – 30, with Mat Thorne

Introduction to Book Arts – Gain a broad intro into book arts with handwritten words, bookbinding, printing techniques and traditional equipment. June 19 – 25, Jan Owen; September 11 – 17, with Jan Owen & Walter Tisdale

Introduction to Bookbinding – Experiment with the various materials, tools and techniques used in basic bookbinding structures. June 26 – July 2; September 18 – 24

Introduction to Letterpress Printing – Learn the basics, then design, set, and print a single and two-color letterpress project on rich-textured, 100% rag paper. July 3 – 9; September 25 – October 1

Book Arts & Technology – Blend Adobe Creative Suite with basic bookbinding techniques and create a handmade book that beats any expectation. July 10 – 16, with Tara Law

Introduction to Book Design with Blurb – The goal: create a photo book of distinction. The chances? 100% using Blurb and the expertise gained in this workshop. July 10 – 16, with Susan Hayre Thelwell

Photographic Portfolio Box Making – Preserve, protect, present! Create a clamshell box that not only preserves but also clearly enhances your body of work. July 24 – 30

Book Design – From historic to high-tech, learn the aspects of designing a beautiful book from a renowned expert in this extensive, fascinating, hands-on workshop. July 31 – August 6, with Bruce Kennett

Word & Image: Inkjet & Letterpress – Combine the finest methods for printing images and words to create striking and innovative visual statements. August 14 – 20, with Charles Altschul & Jean Miele 

Advanced Book Design with Blurb – Join ranks with those at the forefront of self-publishing. Blending Adobe InDesign with Blurb, design and create your magnum opus. August 28 – September 3, with Mat Thorne

Tools of the Trade – Expand your creative horizons; go beyond Photoshop and add Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and Bridge to your book design toolkit. September 4 – 10, with Peter Koons

Creating WordPress Websites – Experience not required! Come to this class and learn to design and build a working website. September 18 – 24

Adobe Illustrator – If you are a communications professional, this is the call for you! Learn the attributes of Adobe Illustrator and produce in-demand graphics. October 16 – 22


From our friends at North Bennet Street School:

Second Chance at Conservation workshop
A couple of spots have just opened up in Renate Mesmer’s workshop, “Tips and Tricks for Book and Paper Conservation.”  The class runs August 12-16, 2010.  Contact Jourdan Abel, workshop director, at or register online at

Bookbinding Intensive
In addition to the full-time program, NBSS offers bookbinding short courses ranging from 1 day to a 3 month intensive. Some students have found the 3 month course to be the perfect “next step” after all the weekend workshops many of us cobble together in an effort to learn about the craft. A few students have used the intensive as a major test of their interest before applying to the 2 year full-time program.  The course is taught by NBSS grad and workshop maven, Stacie Dolin, and is a The 3 month class runs every other year… and there are a couple of spots remaining in this fall’s class!

Three Month Bookbinding Intensive
Mon-Fri, Sep 13-Dec 10, 2010, 8:30am-2:30pm, with studio time until 4:30
Stacie Dolin, Instructor

This class is designed for those who want to intensely study bookbinding in a three-month time period. Participation in the three-month class can also be used by students who wish to enhance their skills to be better prepared to attend the full-time Bookbinding program. This class is suitable for the brand-new beginner, or the moderately experienced binder who wishes to practice and hone skills. Covered in this class are the foundational content of two of our workshops, Introduction to Non-Adhesive and Cloth Case Bookbinding. Specific structures include: Coptic, historic long-stitch, long-stitch with wrapper, crossed structure, flat back and rounded and backed cloth case, full, half, and quarter cloth case, a cloth case production project, onset, modified split, and simplified boards, basic enclosures, including four flap, slipcase, and clamshell, case binding variants, including endpaper attachment variations, headbands, album structures, foil stamping and more, as time allows. Field trips and other topics will be part of the curriculum depending on student interest. Please note: this is not a fine binding/leather binding class. The tuition includes a materials fee for paper and other basic supplies; for the most part, students are expected to provide their own materials and hand tools. If you don’t already own bookbinding tools, expect to spend approximately $200 on tools for this course, in addition to tuition. A deposit of $1800 is required to hold your spot. The balance is due one week before class begins.

Register online at

North Bennet Street School Workshops

North Bennet Street School has just published a new workshop catalog and updated the course listings online at

Coming up fast:  Todd Pattison with “Rebacking Bookbindings,” on March 20-21, 2010.

Also beginning in late March is a 5 Saturday run of “Introduction to Cloth Case Bookbinding” with Amanda Nelsen, and a three-day class from Stacie Dolin on Photo Albums.  There are a variety of courses on bookbinding, calligraphy, and marbling being offered from now through the summer from new visiting teachers and regular workshop instructors.

A few highlights include “New Oriental Bindings” with Monique Lallier (in collaboration with the American Academy of Bookbinding) and Katherine Beaty will offer a class on Islamic Binding.  Pop-up artist Paul Johnson is back with a new lecture and a couple of classes.  And for all those that have requested more conse rvation oriented courses there is “Tips and Tricks for Book and Paper Conservation” with Renate Mesmer in August.

Register online at or contact the workshop coordinator, Jourdan Abel at workshop @

Please watch this blog for New England Chapter lectures from several of the instructors above!

Maine in August and September

Maine Media Workshops invites you to consider the following workshop sequences in August and September:


Papermaking with Bernie Vinzani, August 9 – 15

Introduction to Letterpress Printing with Elias Roustam, August 16 – 22

Introduction to Bookbinding with Amanda Nelsen, August 23 – 29

Understanding Type with Mark Jamra, August 30 – September 5


Word & Image with Jean Miele & Charles Altschul, September 13 – 19

Vector Graphics with David Allen, September 13 – 19

Books, Art & Technology with Tara Law, September 20 – 26

Book Design September 27 – October 3

For more information see

Submitted by:

Kate Fletcher
Director of Marketing & Development
Maine Media Workshops &
Maine Media College
PO Box 200, 70 Camden Street
Rockport, ME 04856
207-236-8581 x354

More Pastepaper

We pass on the following information from the Garage Annex School in Easthampton, MA:

Would you like to gain skill at mixing colors? Julia Rabin will share her extensive experience with paste papers, decorative painting and conservation when she teaches her paste papers workshop at the Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton, MA. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for conservators to learn how to match colors for repairs. Please see the workshop details below, and visit our web site in order to see samples of Julia’s papers.

Paste Papers: Color Theory, Production, and Matching Colors for Repair with Julia Rabin

May 30–31, Saturday–Sunday
Tuition: $190 plus $30 for materials

Here is a paste paper workshop with a focus on color.  Our emphasis will be on having fun while learning about color mixing and painting beautiful papers.

After a brief presentation on the history of paste papers, methods of production, and traditional materials used, we will go on to create our own paste papers.

Discussion of color theory, the practice of color mixing, and how to color match to make repairs on old books will be interwoven throughout the two days.

You will mix various kinds of paste—building a sample packet that illustrates the range of finishes that can be achieved when a single color is mixed with different kinds of paste. Simultaneous to working on this useful reference packet you will create paste papers implementing a wide range of effects.

You can expect to leave with at least ten painted sheets and your sample packet.

The material fee includes ten sheets of paper, and a few colors of acrylics. You are encouraged to bring additional favorite papers and acrylic colors.

North Bennet Street School Workshops

Yet more study opportunities in New England…

The updated catalogue of NBSS workshops is now online on the school’s website,

Quoting from the online listing:  “Lots of excitement in the Bookbinding arena this spring and summer. Tom Conroy and Shanna Leino join us for toolmaking workshops, Linda Lembke explores the properties of paper, the ever-popular Peter Geraty returns for Edge Gilding and Hot Stamping work, and Hélène Jolis is coming from France to lead a leather decoration workshop.”

One example of the rare opportunities to be found at North Bennet this session includes a course on cutting finishing tools with Tom Conroy.  There is very limited space available so New England Chapter members are advised to check this out ASAP.

Cutting Bookbinder’s Finishing Tools
Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2009
Tom Conroy, Instructor

Brass finishing tools are expensive necessities for the hand binder.  Some tools can be well made by the binder, some are best bought new, and some (whether elegant in body and face or merely adequate) may be acquired used.  By making a line, a gouge, and a leaf tool students will learn all the filing, engraving, and mounting techniques needed for toolcutting, and will gain a basis for judging other tools.  They will understand how to make tools for particular bindings, repair battered or worn tools, or fill in incomplete used sets.  Acquiring, and judging the quality, of old and new tools will be discussed.  The tuition includes a materials fee for some supplies and tools: for the most part, students are expected to provide their own hand tools. 

You may register for this, or any of the other upcoming NBSS workshops, online in the workshops section at  Contact the workshops coordinator, Jourdan Abel, for more information: or 617-227-0155.

Garage Annex School 2009

The following is forwarded from our friends at the Garage Annex School in Northampton, MA.  An interesting line up of workshops for 2009 and a new six week “summer institute.”
We are pleased to announce that the 2009 workshop schedule is now live on our newly revamped web site at  Please visit the site and browse through the workshop program. You may also be interested in our new Summer Institute. 
The subject of the 2009 Summer Institute is leather bookbinding, including design techniques such as leather onlay and dyeing, gold tooling, and stamping. Students will produce full leather bindings as well as a series of models at various stages of completion. This is a six-week, full-time curriculum of study. Students should expect to work some evening and weekend hours. Because the Summer Institute will welcome up to twelve students for the six-week period we have arranged to provide meals and lodging at the residential housing of nearby Williston Northampton School.
The GAS Summer Institute is fully described on its own web page at: