Bookbinding with Paste Papers | Newberry

Bookbinding with Paste Papers

Led by Lesa Dowd. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesdays, October 30 - November 20

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Register online

Seminar Description

Paste paper is an early form of decorative paper that has been used in bookbinding since the early 16th century. This course will explore historical designs and techniques while offering participants the opportunity to examine samples of bookbindings with paste paper features from the Newberry’s collection. Participants will create their own patterned paste papers and use them in the construction of model bookbindings. **Please note: There will be an additional $25 fee for materials provided in class to be paid at the first session (cash or check accepted).**

Four sessions. E - $195, L - $214.5

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

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.