To hold a book in your hand is to feel a world of possibility, to touch a work of art, and to access an intimate communication between the maker and the reader. The modern book format is the case-bound book— a book created from two separate pieces (the textblock and the case) joined together. This class teaches the skills to create a case- bound book from scratch. Learn how to create individual signatures of a book and sew it into a completed textblock, which will be covered with a one-of-a-kind cloth or paper cover.
Shared tools and some supplies are provided.
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Instructor Katie Wagner is an experienced book artist and conservator who has her own conservation studio. She also works for Smithsonian Libraries.
6 sessions, 2 1/2 hours each
No class April 24.
Science and the Artist’s Book is an enticing collection of artist’s books inspired by Smithsonian science that resulted from a joint venture between Smithsonian Libraries and Washington Project for the Arts. Students in this class will use similar materials and techniques to create their books.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)