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Boothbay Region Adult & Community Education

Traditional Case Bindings

with Joelle Webber



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A three-week series of book arts classes that will cover various techniques and materials including Decorative Calligraphic Papers and two Case Bindings. One with a cloth spine and one with a paper spine. Each class will focus on a different topic, while we learn the basics of book binding vocabulary and a bit of book binding history.

1. Decorative Calligraphic Papers - Learn the basics of using broad edged mark-making tools & round pointed tip brushes in calligraphic ways. We will explore creating lyrical and staccato marks, and discuss patterns in this mono-chromatic style of page design.

2. Case Binding with a Soft Cloth Spine – In this class, we will create the basic, multi-gathering, case bound book. Learning how to sew a text block with the Coptic stitch, we will consolidate and strengthen the inner spine before fitting it into our hard bound covers.

3. Case Binding with a Paper Spine – The third class will focus on strengthening our skills in forming our text blocks, while learning an alternative style of cover. We will add a decorative paper spine to the hard bound covers.

Joelle Webber has spent 40 years collecting book arts techniques in college & workshop settings. She now designs classes for many different communities of makers based on her experience in writing, paper decorating, collage, calligraphy, pop-up, paper sculpting, book binding and box making. Tuesdays 03/19, 03/26; 04/02 (3 weeks)

  • Mar 19th, 2024
    Tue for 3 weeks from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Boothbay Region High School

236 Townsend Ave
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 Get directions

Room: Art Room

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