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Introduction to Bookmaking, October 2022

October 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, October 6 and 13, 6pm-9pm

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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 be a sewn double-pamphlet journal, drum leaf binding, and various single-sheet folded book structures. Additionally, you will learn how to properly cover boards for hard-covered books, the tools needed in a basic bookbinding tool kit, and concepts to consider when designing book content and structures. By the end of the course, you will be able to adapt these three structures to suit your needs, as well as have a strong foundation for furthering your bookbinding skills.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration closes September 25, 2022 and includes a fee to cover materials provided in class, including paper, thread, and glue. A small list of optional items will also be provided to students to gather/bring to class.


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

  • Notepad and pen for taking notes
  • Any personal tools you prefer to use (though we’ll have plenty on hand for the whole class) – scissors, bonefolder, awl, ruler, and X-acto knife.


Nathalie A. Ryan is an educator, artist, writer, and musician, enjoying life in DC by wandering, wondering, and experimenting. Since 2002, she has led public programs at the National Gallery of Art and facilitated Professional Development Workshops for K-12 Educators at Harvard Project Zero. A certified mindfulness meditation facilitator and advocate for the role of the arts in nurturing cognitive, social-emotional, and ethical dispositions, Nathalie believes in the power of the arts to help people slow down, notice the world around them in new ways, spark curiosity, and deepen connection with oneself and others.



“Nathalie’s long experience is evident – I appreciate all the tips and tricks she shared throughout the instruction. Loved this class and look forward to learning more!”

—Workshop Attendee, Spring 2022

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