Non-adhesive Bookbinding | Newberry

Non-adhesive Bookbinding

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, October 30 – November 20

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Lesa Dowd
This class is full and registration is closed.

We will explore various bookbinding structures that do not involve the use of glue, paste, or other adhesives. Modern non-adhesive bindings as well as historical examples from the Newberry’s collections will be examined. Participants will create a number of soft-cover bookbinding models that are dependent upon various sewing techniques as the primary structural elements.

Lesa Dowd is the Director of Conservation Services at the Newberry. Outside of her daily work in conservation, she practices the art of fine bookbinding. She has studied French fine binding technique with Tini Miura and Monique Lallier.

Materials List
$10 course materials fee plus the following materials -
Pencil/ eraser
Bone folder
Ruler (in 1/16” increments)
X-acto or OLFA knife and extra blades
Awl (needle punching tool)
45° triangle
Dividers (optional)
Notebook (for taking notes)

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Four sessions, $160.
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.