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Relicensure points for educators are available from the Utah State Board of Education for all workshops. For more information: Email or 801-585-9191.


April

example of single sheet books for k-12 students

Educators' Half-day: Bookmaking in Your Classroom
Sara Jensen & Allison Milham

April 1
Saturday, 9:00–1:00
Free spots for educators are limited; please register here

Making books is a great way to engage students in their learning while practicing fine motor skills, encouraging creative expression, and supporting literacy. In this workshop, educators learn variations of three simple book forms—accordion, single sheet books, and the diamond fold—to share with their students. Teachers leave the workshop with an array of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that support continued bookmaking in the classroom. Space is limited to 24 participants.
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Sara Jensen bio here / Allison Milham bio here


examples of gold tooling on leather

Tooling Around: Intro to Gold Finishing
Samuel Feinstein

April 7 & 8
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$240, register here

Focusing on straight lines and using B.S. glaire to affix the gold, students learn the fundamentals of blind and gold tooling on leather. Line-work, prevalent in both traditional and contemporary designs, is a basic yet versatile skillset, allowing the practitioner to build custom designs from foundational elements. Both beginners and those with existing skills are welcome. With a goal of familiarization and preparation for further practice, this workshop provides the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills. Students work on practice and final plaquettes using the covered techniques. Additional decorative tools can be explored within a limited scope. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Samuel Feinstein trained formally at the North Bennet Street School program under Jeff Altepeter and Martha Kearsley. Since graduating in 2012 he has been in private practice specializing in fine bindings, luxury clamshell boxes, new bindings in period style, and gold finishing for other binders.


 

students pulling sheets of paper

Drop-in Session
Papermaking: Make a Sheet, Take a Sheet

April 22
Saturday 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

May

detail of sewn and stuck on endbands

Means to an End(band): A Binder's Box of Recipes
Emily Tipps

May 6
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
$65, register here / K-12 educators may apply for a scholarship here (deadline to apply: April 24)

Do you want your books to be a little more gourmet? Endbands contribute to the structure, functionality, and visual presentation of a book. In this workshop, participants cook up a smorgasbord of these sewn beauties—from traditional fare to modern delights. The BAP provides the ingredients and instruction, all you need is a taste for the details and the desire to sample something new! Participants sew two or more endbands during this half-day workshop, and leave with a handy box of six endband recipe cards and the necessary supplies to complete the set. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Emily Tipps bio here


detail of handmade papers

Papermaking: Fiber + Formation
Allison Milham

May 16–June 13
Tuesdays, 5:30–8:30
$244, register through continue.utah.edu/lifelong

This fast-paced, five-week course is a venture into the fundamentals of hand papermaking. Topics include fiber selection and processing, western-style sheet formation, and experimental techniques ranging from pulp painting and stencil printing to sculptural applications using overbeaten fibers. Participants leave with a sample book of handmade sheets and an array of papers to be used for printing, bookmaking, collage, letter-writing or other creative applications. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Allison Milham bio here


image of handpress

Hand-press Printing: 4-up with a Side of Bearers
Marnie Powers-Torrey

May 19 & 20
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$190, register here

Interested in learning to print the super old-fashioned way? Join a small group of printers in setting the "table" with roller and platen bearers and serving up some short-order printing with fine press flair. On an iron hand-press, participants produce a collaborative booklet that dishes up some post-millennial perspective on the power of the platen. The goal is a sheet printed 4-up, but the emphasis is on press set up, make-ready, and inking rather than a polished product. No plates—rediscover the value of well-set type and a well-balanced platen. Space is limited to 8 participants.
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Marnie Powers-Torrey bio here

 

June

example of girdle book inside clamshell box

Historical Constraints: Examining the Girdle Book
Pamela Spitzmueller

June 1–3
Thursday-Saturday, 10:00–5:00
Register through guildofbookworkers.org
Co-sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers

On their journeys, medieval religious travelers often carried a personal text which could be attached to a belt or girdle. The defining features of a girdle book include wooden boards covered with soft deerskin, a sewn binding on double cords, an extended skirt terminating in a decorative knot or hook for attachment, and a clasp closure. In this workshop, the instructor discusses historical models and participants construct a small girdle book. Space is limited to 10 participants.
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Pamela Spitzmueller has worked full-time as a rare book conservator for more than 30 years, having recently retired from her position as the Needham Chief Conservator in the Harvard Library. Pam describes herself as a student of book binding history, of books as old as the first books and as recent as yesterday: engaged in the many, many branches that form the lineage of bookbinding and its structural travels. She worked at the Library of Congress and was Head Conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries before taking her position at Harvard. 


image of students at the presses

Letterpress Printing: Text + Image
Crane Giamo

June 8–July 27
Thursdays, 5:30–8:30
$340, register through continue.utah.edu/lifelong

Get a handle on what it takes to crank out an edition of gorgeous letterpress prints. This active, eight-week class introduces the fundamentals of letterpress, from paper selection and cutting to mixing ink and printing. Guided by the instructor, participants design and produce four individual projects using a variety of relief techniques and tools including metal and wood type, zinc cuts, linoleum blocks, pressure prints, photopolymer plates, and collagraphs. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Crane Giamo bio here


detail of several book forms

Drop-in & Print Session
Bookmaking Blitz: Fold, Flap, and Pop!

June 17
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.


detail of book repair tools and supplies

Simple Book Repairs for At-home Curators
Christopher McAfee

June 28, July 5, July 19, July 26, August 2
Wednesdays, 5:30–8:30
$244, register through continue.utah.edu/lifelong

This course explores basic methods of book conservation as well as the reasons for performing, or not performing, conservation treatments. The class works together to determine the best treatment options for specific damaged books while also considering the ethics of performing those treatments. As students perform conservation treatments, they learn about appropriate conservation materials, adhesives used by conservators, and the tools of the trade. Students leave with a minimum of two treatments, a basic kit of conservation tools, and foundational knowledge to complete basic repairs at home. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Instructor Christopher McAfee received a BFA in printmaking in 1993 from Brigham Young University (BYU) where he was first introduced to bookbinding. In 1995, he received an MFA in bookbinding from the University of Alabama where he developed an interest in book conservation. He has since worked as a conservator of books, documents, and photographs for BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives. He is currently Head Conservator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at BYU.

 

July

detail of letterpress single sheet book

One for the Books: Non-traditional Letterpress Techniques
Jessica Peterson

July 14 & 15
Friday & Saturday, 10:00–5:00
$200, register here / K-12 educators may apply for a scholarship here (deadline to apply: June 23)

Letterpress printing and typography are often bound with rigid procedures and constraints. This workshop provides the opportunity to explore non-traditional letterpress printing techniques by intelligently bending the rules in order to prompt creative design possibilities. On flatbed presses, students print from DIY printing plates including pressure prints and collagraphs. Pushing the constraints of metal and wood type, students explore how letters can be both image and text. Discussion includes the role that ink color, paper type, registration and mark-making play in the design of unique letterpress prints. Students leave with an edition of an eight-page artists' book printed as a single printer's sheet. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Jessica Peterson is a book artist, letterpress printer, and graphic designer. She is the owner and printer at The Southern Letterpress in New Orleans, where she provides letterpress artwork, products, and printing to the Southeastern United States. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


detail of accordion book made by 1st grader

Educators' Intensive:
Dive into Books as a Teaching Strategy
Paulette Rosen

July 17 & 18
Monday & Tuesday, 10:00–5:00
Free spots for educators are limited; please register here

Join us for a deep exploration of the accordion and pamphlet structures and their pedagogical possibilities. Rosen delves into the visual and fine motor experience of bookmaking through eight lesson plans that are readily adapted to all abilities, ages, and curricula. Participants create books that facilitate sequential thinking in images and words. Through discussion and shared examples, the class discovers the relationship between book structure and content. Participants leave the workshop with a veritable ocean of samples, printed instructions, and lesson plans that map the way for continued bookmaking in the classroom. Space is limited to 24 participants.

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Paulette Rosen is an artist and bookbinder living in Hamden, Connecticut. She graduated with a BS in Arts and Media (1976) and an MA in Child and Family Studies (1980) from the Merrill Palmer Institute in Detroit. After working as an early childhood specialist from 1981–1990, she returned to making art and bookbinding. She currently teaches book arts at the Hartford Arts School, as well as the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven where she serves as head of the Book Arts Department. Paulette has taught classes and workshops to children and adults from ages 5 - 75, including teachers. Her artists' books are in many collections including Yale University Arts Library, Trinity College Watkinson Library, Connecticut College Shain Library, and the Library of the Boston Athenaeum.

 

August

detail of long stitch books

Making Short Work of the Long-Stitch
Emily Tipps

August 5
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
$65, register here / K-12 educators may apply for a scholarship here (deadline to apply: July 14)

A multi-signature, non-adhesive binding with exposed sewing on the spine, the long-stitch structure is relatively quick and simple to bind; yet once the basics are learned, limitless creative interpretations are possible. This workshop teaches the basic long-stitch technique and demonstrates how high-quality materials, used thoughtfully, increase the tactile and visual impression of a hand-bound book. Participants incorporate a leather spine, handmade paper covers, hand-colored linen thread, and decorative endsheets to create an elegant variation of the versatile long-stitch binding. Space is limited to 15 participants.
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Emily Tipps bio here


image of sumi ink tools and supplies

Drop-in Session
Paper Decoration: Suminagashi & Pastepaper

August 19
Saturday, 1:00–5:00
Free and no registration necessary—just drop by!

Join us any time between 1 & 5 in the Book Arts Studio on the 4th floor of the Marriott Library! These Drop-in Sessions are informal opportunities to get your hands dirty and try some new techniques, ranging from alternative printing processes to paper decoration and much more. Bring a friend to explore these accessible and creative approaches to art-making. Free to the public and no experience necessary. Must be 16+.

 

November

detail of letterpress cards

Annual Print Appreciation

November 10
Friday, 2:30–7:30, just drop by!
$4 for 1 card; $10 for 3 cards

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate letterpress printing! With a variety of printing plates and type locked-up on the presses, guest printers (that's you!) can create cards from modular elements overprinted to match individual taste. We invite the public to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet will allow at $4/card or $3 for $10.00.

 

 

 

 

News

Upcoming Workshop!
examples of bookmaking

Tooling Around: Intro to Gold Finishing 
Friday & Saturday • April 7 & 8
10:00–5:00
$240, register here

Studio Hours

Spring Semester

  • Monday: 12:40pm – 9pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 4pm / 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday: 12:40pm – 9pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 4pm / 6:30pm – 9pm
  • Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

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