Secret Belgian Bookbinding
Saturday, July 22, 11:00- 3:00PM (Please note new time change- originally scheduled 12:00 - 4:00PM)
Instructor: Mary Jo Hamilton
The aura of mystery surrounding this exposed binding intrigued us. It was invented in 1986 by Belgian artist Anne Goy but was thought to be a lost historical binding when it first appeared in the United States. Anne wanted a book that opened flat yet had the look of a Japanese stab binding. Her “secret”? Use a primary stitch and a secondary stitch to bind the text block, cover boards, and spines together. The result is an interesting and distinctive pattern. Denver artist Mary Jo Hamilton has done much of the prep work for you so that you can focus on personalizing your cover boards and learning the woven stitch pattern. A book that opens flat, a sturdy binding, and an unusual woven pattern – the best of all worlds!
Please bring the following materials for class:
- Craft knife (such as X-Acto) with fresh blades
- An old magazine to use for gluing
- Optional: favorite awl, bookbinding needle, scissors, and bone folder
Mary Jo Hamilton is passionate about paper. She uses her own books as planners and journals and proudly admits to it each time someone asks. Her husband is resigned to the fact that she returns from any traveling venture with a tube full of new paper. She uses the sheets to make custom books, which can range from a memoir for future generations to journals, albums, and unique guest books.
Mary Jo originally focused on watercolors while getting a Fine Arts degree from CU Boulder. Then she took a bookbinding class and discovered that bookbinding filled her need for both precision and creativity. Ever since then, she’s been taking classes in it all over the country. She’s studied at the Academy for Bookbinding in Telluride and at the Center for the Book in both New York and San Francisco. She plans a trip to San Francisco each summer to take fine bookbinding and restoration classes from Dominic Riley, co-founder of the bindery program at the SF Center for the Book and a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in the UK. The organization is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of fine bookbinding. One of Mary Jo's great joys is keeping paper books alive through restoration work. A very special project was repairing a treasured family Bible from the late 1800s. Check out her work at www.acornbookbindingllc.com.