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Bookbinding Workshop: Simple Self-Publishing

This workshop focuses on styles of bookbinding that are low-cost yet dynamic, and well suited for poetry chapbooks and portfolio books. Students will earn how to choose materials and create simple book structures that best highlight the content within their book.

The workshop will address the logistics of organizing poetry or artwork into a book form, explore the book as a vessel for information, and how material choices can inform how the book is read. While the workshop will create blank books, each style of binding will begin with standard 8.5” x 11” paper to allow your poetry or artistic content to be easily printed from a common inkjet or laser printer. 

Students will complete four sample books: Two pamphlet stitch varieties, a perfect bound book, and a more elaborate Japanese stab binding.

In addition to learning hand skills, the class will discuss the history of chapbooks, their role in publishing over time, and ways to share and sell chapbooks. If you have writing or images you would like to promote, this is a great workshop to jump start your self-publishing!

Please note:
Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our 
Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies

Papermaking Labs (11/14/21)

Papermaking is an artform all on its own and can also be a beautiful extension of bookmaking, printmaking, drawing and more. Our Papermaking Labs are monthly workshops that welcome both beginning and experienced paper makers. Regardless of prior experience, this workshop aims to build confidence and comfort using Spudnik’s papermaking facilities. Enroll in a single session for a well-rounded introduction to the art form. Return for additional sessions to continue building papermaking skills and ultimately gain authorization to make paper through our Open Studio sessions.

For those new to the process, every papermaking lab begins with an overview of fibers, tools, papermaking processes and demonstrations on how to pull sheets of paper using a mould and deckle. Based on the interests of participants, the basics will be expanded on through dying pulp, pulp painting, and integrating “inclusions” such as print fragments, organic materials, or string into the paper. Through these projects, participants will learn about the science of papermaking and how to select and use various plant fibers. For these session unlimited cotton and abaca is provided.

In addition to surveying a range of papermaking skills, participants will be able to work on a self-directed project with guidance and support from a papermaking expert. By the end of the session, everyone will make a stack of their own handmade paper and practice setting up and tear down their own vat. This is a wet process, so dress appropriately.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 people to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (11/21/21)

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or tote bags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students should come to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design.While .AI or .PSD files are great, we also welcome students to bring anything text typed through Microsoft Word or photocopied. After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, students will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! Shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets will all work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 4 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions.The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

Private Lessons: Gap Lessons

“Gap Lessons” are designed to support people transitioning from taking classes to using our Open Studio program, and to offer efficient and focused one-on-one support for people embarking on new projects or who need help working through a particular printing issue.

Taught by our in-house staff of skilled printers/artists, these one-hour lessons can help fill in any gaps that have held you back from getting the most out of your time at the studio.

Lessons are often scheduled preceding an Open Studio session to allow students to work with staff for an hour before their full studio session.

Email info@spudnikpress.org to schedule a lesson. Lessons are typically scheduled at least one-two weeks in advance. Instead of enrolling through our website, an online invoice will be sent once a lesson is confirmed. Please include in the email:

  • The specific topic or skill you would like help with
  • Any particular staff you would like to be paired with
  • Availability: days, evenings, weekends, etc.

Please note that gap lessons are not designed to provide authorization, but instead boost your confidence within the studio. Based on the skill or topic you would like to focus on, we may recommend a longer lesson.

Gap lessons are $45 for a 1-hour session. Members of Spudnik receive a discounted rate of $40/hour.