Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231
** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
Plain and decorative papers have been incorporated into book coverings for centuries. From simple blue wrappers to embellished paste, printed, and marbled designs, paper has been both an economical and a beautiful covering material for the protection of the printed book. This course will explore historical techniques and will present participants with the exciting opportunity to examine sixteenth- through nineteenth-century examples from the Newberry’s collection. Participants will create two model bindings with plain and patterned paper.
Five sessions. E - $210, L -$231
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.
Students should bring the following tools to the first class:
- 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)
**Items may be available in the Newberry bookstore. Other materials can be purchased at most local art stores such as Michael’s, JoAnne Fabrics, Blick’s Art Supply, or Paper Source, as well as through many online retailers.
*Note: there will be a $25 fee for additional materials provided in class. This is to be paid at the first session (cash or check accepted).
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.