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Intro to Bookbinding - Basic Codex In-Store Class March 6 & 13

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Intro to Bookbinding - Basic Codex In-Store Class
Two Mondays: March 6 & 13, 5:30-9pm
Instructor: Mia Semingson
Limit: 6 students

Class Details

This introductory, two-session class focuses on classic bookbinding techniques and is a class where you learn by doing. You’ll make a traditional book entirely from start to finish, plus learn how to resize it so you can later make more to your exact specifications.

Mia Semingson, co-owner of Two Hands Paperie, is an experienced bookbinder and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She begins class with basic information on the parts of a book, the materials required, paper choice, and the importance of paper grain. Then the work begins! You’ll tear down large sheets of paper for pages, group and sew the pages into signatures, and bind the signatures into a text block. Mia teaches how to add decorative headbands and tip-on endpapers, and how to surface pieces of board with book cloth and decorative paper for the cover. The last step? Assembling all the parts together.  

Step back and admire your handiwork. 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.

Masks are optional and encouraged for all students and instructors. 
Students will be provided their own set of tools, which are sanitized between every class session. Due to the size of our class space we are unable to practice social distancing in the classroom. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • X-Acto knife and fresh blades
  • Snacks or bag dinner
  • Water bottle
  • Apron
  • 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. Paper will be discussed during the first class. The decorative paper will need to be cut to size for the second session.

    Class Materials Include:

    • Handouts & info
    • Paper for the book pages
    • Bookboard covers
    • Bookcloth in an asortment of colors for the spine
    • 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.

    Instructor Bio

    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 and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado.


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