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Using a variety of traditional bookbinding materials and techniques, experience the satisfaction of creating fully-functional, miniature versions of traditional, finely-tooled classic books. Over the week, working with a variety of papers, cloths and bookbinding leather, we will design and make, in miniature, classically styled books in several sizes and binding formats. We will discuss crafting your own finishing tools for decorating (tooling) leather covers as well. You will be sewing and binding tiny books, while this workshop deals with traditional skills, competent beginners are welcome.
Most materials will be provided, but students should bring:
- Thimble with a proper ‘fit’
- Small sizes of art papers (printed Japanese, marbled, colored or printed)
- Colored thread if you choose; some will be provided.
- Favorite tools if you wish
Instructor: Andrew Eddy
I spent most of my early years living in Mid Coast Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in Art & Art History. After an early career in publishing in Washington, DC and then several years in a Trappist monastery in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I migrated north again to begin my career as a bookbinder in 1983 and eventually established Elan Bindery. I have specialized in the design and production of custom archival bindings and presentation cases for rare ephemera, books and art objects. I returned to Maine in 1994 and have taught bookbinding and case design/construction to many individuals and small classes since 1995. My work is in private, corporate and institutional collections worldwide. My interest in miniature bindings began several years ago while I was teaching Introduction to Bookbinding at Colby College, and find working with bookbinding materials at such a small scale both challenging and exciting.