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Mechanical Spine Binding Workshop (Virtual)
Mechanical Spine Binding Workshop (Virtual)

Tue, Jan 09



Mechanical Spine Binding Workshop (Virtual)

Experiment with a playful approach to making new narratives with found materials and existing prints during this virtual workshop taught by book artist María Carolina Ceballos! Registration deadline: 1/2/24

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Jan 09, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM



Learn to organize found materials and discover strategies for working with spontaneity and the chance to build a compelling narrative. Students will learn Japanese stab binding, pamphlet stitch, and diagonal pocket book. Each structure's unique narrative possibilities will be discussed. During class, time will be set aside for group discussion on troubleshooting and decision-making for individual book projects. No prior experience required! Registration deadline: 1/2/24

Student Supply List: -Two folded pieces of paper, about 1 inch larger on all sides than your sections (for sewn covers) -At least 6 sections of book weight paper for the book of 3-4 folios each (if you have questions about how to make your sections, do not prepare them until you take the class). -A piece of cardstock taller than your sections and at least 1 inch in width. -A piece of heavyweight paper, different from the cover, taller than your sections, and at least 5 inches in width. -Linen thread 25/3 or 30/3 weight. You can find it at Blick or on Amazon. -Scissors, an x-acto knife, and a ruler. -1 curved needle and beeswax -Punching cradle (optional), awl, and bone or teflon folder. -A piece of Japanese paper bigger than your spine. It can also be thin machine-made paper. -Some PVA and a brush.

Instructor Bio: María Carolina Ceballos is a Colombian book artist with an interdisciplinary focus. She recently graduated from the MFA in Book Arts at The University of Iowa, where she also worked as a book conservation technician and digital book design instructor. In her recent artistic practice, she has been exploring traditional book-related crafts and applying them to a body of work with visual arts disciplines, creative writing, and music notation and performance.

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