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Introduction to Bookmaking

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, January 21, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

This six-hour workshop will introduce you to the basics of bookbinding, including appropriate materials and tools needed to make your own notebooks, journals, or albums. Book structures taught will include a sewn double-pamphlet journal, cloth wrapped hardcover accordion fold book, and other single-sheet folded book structures. Additionally, you will learn the tools needed in a basic bookbinding tool kit, receive a detailed list of bookmaking resources, get a tour of the bindery and will consider some basic concepts for designing book content and structures to suit your individual needs. By the end of the course, you will have a strong foundation in the basics of the folded book structure which will form a strong foundation for furthering your bookbinding skills.

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes January 12, 2023.  Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sampler image by Aubrey Dunn


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including PVA glue, thread, and paper. Students may also want to consider bringing the following optional items:

  • Personal apron
  • Notebook or sketchbook and pen for note taking


Anne Barnes is an artist and graphic designer living in Washington, DC. She graduated in June 2020 with an MFA in Visual Arts and worked for many years as a book and cover designer in publishing. Her mixed media work—which includes the use of books as medium and the production of artist’s books—combines a high-keyed color palette, expressive gesture, and symbolic mark-making. The result is the abstracted visualizations of her memories, emotions, and varied perspectives that merge to become metaphors for exploration into themes of human nature, popular culture, feminism, and motherhood. Learn more about her work at www.annebarnesstudio.com and on Instagram @annebarnes_studio.

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