Intro to Bookbinding - Basic Codex In-Store Class Feb 20 & 27
Intro to Bookbinding - Basic Codex In-Store Class
Two Tuesdays: February 20 & 27, 6-9pm
Instructor: Mia Semingson
Limit: 6 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.
This introductory class focuses on classic bookbinding techniques. It’s a two-part class taught by Mia Semingson, co-owner of Two Hands Paperie. She’s an experienced bookbinder and loves sharing her knowledge. You learn by doing, that is, by making a traditional, covered spine book from start to finish with your own two hands. So that you can later make more to your exact specifications, Mia also provides information on how to resize the basic structure. Handy!
At the beginning of the first session, Mia covers a bit of history, defines the different parts of a book, and describes paper grain and its importance. She then has you get busy making. The rest of the class is devoted to creating pages by tearing down large sheets of paper, grouping those pages into signatures, and sewing the signatures into a text block.
The second session a week later is for more making. Start off by using book cloth and decorative paper to surface the book board cover. The rest of the class is for assembling all the parts together, including decorative headbands, a ribbon bookmark, and tip-on endpapers. Voila! 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.
Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.
Please bring the following materials:
- X-Acto knife and fresh blades
- Decorative endpapers (for session #2)
- Decorative papers for the covers (for session #2)
- Snacks or bag dinner
- Water bottle
- Apron (for session #2)
Class Materials Include:
- Handouts & info
- Paper for the book pages
- Bookboard covers
- Bookcloth or the spine
- Ribbon for bookmark
- Glue & brushes
- Bookbinding needle & thread
- Bookbinding tools
Class Refund/Cancellation Policy
IN-STORE CLASSES: 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.
Mia Semingson received her MFA in photography and electronic media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and France as well as nationally. Mia taught photography, book arts, and video production at the University of Colorado at Boulder for eleven years. She and her husband Gerald Trainor have owned Two Hands Paperie since January 2010, where their goal is to foster a community of creative people and support local artists and small cooperatives. Mia loves teaching and, in addition to her workshops at the store, has taught at the Makerie, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado and recorded classes on Creativebug.