Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Arts Workshops in May 2010 at The University of Alabama

Announcing three PUBLIC BOOK ARTS WORKSHOPS in letterpress printing, papermaking and bookbinding in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. These workshops are open to the public, and require no previous experience. They are sponsored by the MFA in the Book Arts Program and the School of LIbrary and Information Sciences, University of Alabama and the Southeast Guild of Bookworkers.

To register, email to, or call 973-886-1760. Registration ends three days prior to the start of the class.

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Less is More: Introduction to Letterpress Printing
We will explore the theory that less is more by designing and letterpress printing editioned broadsides using a small amount of text and image. Participants will set a haiku poem that they have authored in metal type and print their words on the amazing and easy-to-use Vandercook printing press. We will also experiment with methods of adding color, image and texture such as sandograph, pressure printing and stenciling.

Saturday, May 15, 9-6 p.m. & Sunday, May 16, 1-6 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Printshop, Gorgas Library, University of Alabama
$75, $70 for students & Guild members

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Papermaking 101: Turn Your Bed Sheets into Paper
In this workshop, we will explore the wonder of handmade paper. Students will be introduced to the components of a traditional papermaking in a professional papermill: from beating cotton bed sheets into paper pulp using a Hollander beater, to pulling sheets of paper from a vat using a traditional mould and deckle, to restraint drying.

Friday and Saturday, May 28 & 29, 9-5 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Lost Arch Papermill, University of Alabama
$70, $65 students & Guild members

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Introduction to Bookbinding: Pamphlet, Accordion and Paste Paper
In this workshop, participants will learn three of the foundations of bookbinding: paste paper, the soft cover pamphlet structure and the accordion structure. Paste paper is a versatile and easy-to-learn method of making decorative paper using wheat starch and paint. Participants will use the decorative paste paper they make in the workshop for the covers of their accordion and pamphlet book structures.

May 17 & 18, 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Bindery, Gorgas Library, University of Alabama
$45, $40 students & Guild members