Introduction to Bookbinding | Newberry

Introduction to Bookbinding

Saturday, September 21, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, September 21 - November 2 (class will not meet October 19)

10 am – 1 pm

Led by Barbara Korbel
Online registration is closed; call (312) 255-3700 to register.

This seminar introduces the craft and established traditional and professional standards of English bookbinding. Participants will gain a solid foundation upon which to build bookbinding skills. Participants will also learn about tools and materials and will complete three different bindings ranging from a single signature pamphlet with a soft cover to a multiple signature hard-cased book.

Barbara Korbel is Collections and Exhibitions Conservator at the Newberry. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Craft, the Paper & Book intensive, and Hollander’s School of Bookbinding.

Materials List
Participants will also be required to purchase some tools and supplies, most of which will be needed for the first class session. The items marked with an asterisk (*) are not needed for the first session. The materials are available at Blick’s Art Supply, PaperSource, or Utrecht’s Art Supply (in store or online).

Bone folder
Ruler (in 1/16” increments)
Pencil and eraser
Glue Brush*
X-acto or OLFA knife
Notebook for taking notes
Awl or clay needle tool*
45” triangle
Small bottle of PVA
Water jar that fits your brush

Johnson, Arthur. The Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding. Thames and Hudson, 2011. ISBN: 0500680116
Please note that the bookstore is unable to stock this text, but it is widely available for purchase through online retailers.

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

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $220 (includes a $10 materials fee).
Registation is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to join the waiting list.