Lap Link Binding
Saturday, June 24th, 10:30- 5:00PM
Instructor: Kristen Law Lewis
We love how modern bookmakers have been using traditional binding stitches in exposed spine books to add interest and color. It’s hard to imagine that such beautiful patterns were never meant to be seen! They were invented around the eighth century to provide better structural support as books became larger and heavier; the strongest bindings were made by sewing on strips of linen. This class features the Lap Link Stitch sewn over support tapes, so it’s sturdier than unsupported bindings and less likely to fray with heavy use. The binding allows the book to lay flat when open, which makes it ideal for writing and drawing. Learning the Lap Link Stitch itself is straightforward with the pre-printed template that book artist Kristen Lewis supplies. After a bit of practice sewing on the template you’ll be ready to start on your book. A bonus is learning how to incorporate and inset the tapes into the cover for a professional look.
Please bring the following materials:
- X-Acto knife with sharp blades
- Favorite pair of scissors (optional)
- Lunch/water bottle- There will be a short lunch break. (optional)
- Note: students will go home with an extra set of book covers to make a second book at home.
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.
Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. She's made all kinds of books since, and even created a line of hand bound books that she sold in galleries throughout Colorado under the name Papercuts Press. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, and caring for museum collections. Her artwork - which reveals her deep love for paper, books, and maps - originates in her study of nature, and melds scientific and spiritual habits like collecting. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking and loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of "book" is so broad. Can you imagine using a paperwasp nest in a book? Kristen could. Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. She's constantly experimenting. Her latest work is with sewable electronics, which can add light to almost any piece of art. To quote her, "Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology". Her blog is at http://www.papercutspress.blogspot.com.