Hand Bookbinding 2018

Our Workshop

Please note: this workshop has now passed

In this hands-on workshop, we will make one simple non-adhesive book each day. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels. In addition to the binding, we will explore at least three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of our books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of book binding.

To download our flyer for this workshop, please click here.

Our Bookbinding Instructor

Juliayn-ColemanJuliayn Coleman received a diploma in bookbinding and book conservation from the North Bennet School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, the Guild of Book Workers (US) and Designer Bookbinders (UK). She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she has a private practice in bookbinding and conservation. For more about Juliayn and her work visit: www.bookislandbindery.com.

Costs for 6 Nights, September 2-8, 2018

$1600. for each student + $100. materials fee

Includes private room, 3 homemade meals each day, 5 days of hand bookbinding instruction, and use of canoes, kayaks and sailboats.

A list of bookbinding tools and what to bring will be sent upon registration.

$1000. for each partner of attending student.

Includes shared private room with partner, 3 homemade meals each day, and the use of canoes, kayaks, and sailboats.


Tools for the Bookbinding Workshop

If you have these tools, please bring them. If you don’t have them, they will be available for sale through the instructor. Unfortunately we are not able to provide tools, though the materials for all bindings and decorated paper are included in the cost of the workshop.

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Spring dividers
  • 9mm snap-off knife
  • 12” ruler (without cork is best)
  • Needle #18 straight/sharp bookbinders’ needle (or large darning needle)
  • Round paste brush (3/4”-1”/20-30mm diameter is ideal)
  • Small cutting mat

Things to bring to the Bookbinding Workshop

In this workshop you will be creating your own books. There are parts of this process that are messy so it is recommended that you bring work clothes that you do not mind getting dirty along with comfortable shoes. Also, an apron with pockets is recommended.

The Lake is very inviting so you will want to bring a bathing suit and beach towel. A large brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. We will provide life jackets which are required on the boats.

The weather can be variable so plan accordingly, layering is a good strategy. Bring a water bottle that you can refill from our deep well.

Questions about the workshop?

Please contact us through our contact form.

Bookbinding Styles

Crossed Structure: The covers of this book will be made from deerskin made in upstate New York.
Longstitch: The Longstitch is a lovely way to showcase embroidered patterns on the spine. For this book, we will use decorated paper we will make using the process of suminagashi, or floating ink on water.
Secret Belgian/Criss Cross Binding: Enchancing the natural theme of the sewing, we will use paper for the covers printed with plant prints from local specimens
Coptic Binding with Sewn Boards: This is an interesting twist on the four-needle Coptic style. We will use watercolor paper decorated with paste paper for the covers and sew them onto the textblock for a durable sketchbook that opens perfectly flat.
Longstitch with Paper Wrapper: This binding is an excellent way to showcase your favorite decorated paper you’ve made during the week.