Add a variety of quick, elegant book structures to your repertoire

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Paper structures are quick, elegant, and economical options for a variety of book projects. The structures covered in this workshop will be a great resource to artists, beginner or experienced, looking to expand their repertoire.

Students will construct numerous book structures ranging from unsewn folded sheets to multi-signature books with structural and decorative sewing. Some of the books will have soft paper cases or wrappers, others will have stiff covers. Some will be sewn on supports, others will have exposed sewing. Endsheets may be decorative only or essential to the book’s engineering. Most of the bindings will be close to or completely non-adhesive.   

Beginners will be introduced to the basic tools, techniques and materials of bookbinding. During this information-packed course you will build the knowledge and skills to continue making books in your own studio with a few hand tools and no specialized equipment. Experienced bookbinders will discover how features from multiple bindings be combined to create a new, custom structure to met the requirements of any project. This course also serves as a refresher on basic bookbinding principles for those who are developing their own bookbinding curriculum.

This attractive set of models, together with detailed handouts, will be a valuable reference and inspiration for future projects.

All images © Karen Hanmer

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Instructor: Karen Hanmer

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, technology and arid wit. Her Chicago studio practice is unusually varied, including small editions of artists’ books, larger editions of inexpensive multiples, bookbinding instructional materials, and one-of-a-kind design bindings. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The Getty Museum and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland.