Posts Categorized: Book Arts

Bookbinding for Comics and Zines

This workshop focuses on styles of bookbinding that are low-cost yet dynamic, and can be used to bind a full edition of comics or zines. Students will complete a variety of “b-stitch” bindings using a needle and thread as well as a perfect bound book using our thermal binder. Attendees will also learn a more involved binding, Japanese stab binding, which can turn an every day comic into a limited edition collectible.

The properties of each binding variation and the possibilities for image and text layout will be addressed to help artists choose the right binding for the project. To put final professional touches on their books, students will learn to trim their books with our guillotines.

Six 4” x 5.5” sample books will be produced during class. Through these projects, students will hone their folding, cutting, gluing, and hand-sewing skills. There are unlimited variations to the basic bookbinding techniques, so attendees will be able to adapt these foundational skills to their own comic and zine projects. Students will graduate authorized to attend Open Studio to use our bookbinding supplies, guillotines, and thermal binder.

Clamshell Box Making Workshop

Clamshell boxes are ideal for housing a portfolio of prints, photos, artist books, memorabilia, or tools. This style of box features a durable tray that safely holds the contents in place with a drop spine and hinged lid that allows the box open like a book and lay flat. This sturdy little box can be scaled to accommodate just about any content.

During this workshop students will construct a 6″x8″ box and build comfort and confidence in a variety of bookbinding skills: measuring and cutting book board, using a glue brush, wrapping boards with paper and book cloth, and planning for hinges that allow the box to easily open and close.

Between steps, as glue dries, students will also create a “perfect bound” sketchbook to fit inside their handmade box.  To allow everyone to create a box that suits his or her style, we encourage students to bring along two sheets of decorative paper to cover their box with.