Intro to Bookbinding Class- The Basic Codex
Monday, March 12th & 19th, 6:00 - 9:30PM (two consecutive Mondays)
Instructor: Mia Semingson
This introductory class focuses on classic bookbinding techniques. You’ll learn by doing. That is, you’ll make a traditional book from start to finish. In addition, instructor Mia Semingson will provide information on resizing this basic structure so you can later make more to your exact specifications. Mia, co-owner of Two Hands Paperie, is an experienced bookbinder and loves sharing her knowledge. She’ll start out by showing you how to tear down large sheets of paper to create the pages, how to group and sew the resulting pages into signatures, and how to bind the signatures into a text block. The next step is adding decorative headbands and tip-on endpapers. To finish, you’ll create the front, back, and spine by surfacing book board with book cloth and decorative paper, then you’ll assemble all the parts together. You’ve just made a basic codex! There are no guarantees in life, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be proud of your finished book.
- All paper is provided for the first class meeting.
- X-Acto knife and fresh blades
- Two large sheets of decorative paper suitable for gluing over the book board covers. The paper cannot be thin or translucent. Good choices are lokta, Indian cotton, and printed Cavallini papers. You can wait and get the decorative paper after the first class meeting.
- Optional- snacks and water bottle
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.