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Make+Take: Dos-à-Dos Books

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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Let’s Make+Take!

Thursday, January 18, 7-9pm

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About this Workshop:

What happens when two books become one?  The dos-à-dos, from the French for “back-to-back,” binds two books with one cover. This structure allows the book to be divided into two distinct sections, offering the possibility of introducing contrasting or separate material within one context. Join us to learn how to construct a dos-à-dos sketchbook or journal, and then play with ideas for creative content that might leverage this unique binding.​​ Book structure learned: Basic pamphlet dos-à-dos sketchbook or journal with closure.

Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience necessary

Registration closes January 10, 2024 and includes all materials.

Sample images by Nathalie Ryan


Registration includes all materials—just come ready to have fun! In addition, you may want to bring the following optional items for class:

  • Personal apron (we’ll have extras)
  • A notebook and pen for taking any notes


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.



“The instructor explained the techniques involved very clearly; and I ended up with a nice little book as well.”

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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