[GBW] North Bennet Street School classes

Jeffrey Altepeter, Bookbinder jeff at handbookbinding.com
Fri Aug 24 12:11:42 EDT 2007

Please excuse cross posting


North Bennet Street Bookbinding and Calligraphy Workshops

All classes are held at:
North Bennet Street School
39 North Bennet Street
Boston, MA   02113

Register online at www.nbss.org/workshops/schedule.asp
Or call (617)-227-0155 ext.102

Introduction to Cloth Case Bookbinding
Saturdays, Sep. 8 - Oct. 6, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, Instructor
Mon.-Fri., September 24 - 28, 2007, 8:30am-4:30pm
Jeffrey Altepeter, Instructor

This workshop will introduce students to basic hand binding techniques. Each 
student will complete at least two styles of bindings - one flat back, and 
one with rounded and backed spine. Through demonstrations and exercises, 
students will learn the steps of cloth case book construction: folding, 
sewing, making and attaching endpapers, trimming, and covering in cloth. 
This workshop is open to all skill levels and is limited to 12 students.

Introduction to Non-Adhesive Bookbinding

Saturdays, Oct. 13 - Nov. 17, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. No class on November 
Amy Lapidow, Instructor
Mon. - Fri., November 5 - 9, 2007, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Stacie Dolin, Instructor

This course will cover a historical range of sewn bindings as alternatives 
to traditional case bindings. Through demonstrations and exercises, students 
will learn to construct simple pamphlets, long stitch, Coptic, and others as 
time allows. This class is open to all skill levels and is limited to 12 

Advanced Non-Adhesive Bookbinding

Wed. - Fri., November 28 - 30, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Stacie Dolin, Instructor

This course will explore the designs of advanced book structures using a 
minimal amount of glue. Through demos and exercises students will have the 
chance to investigate and practice several different exposed spine sewing 
techniques. The main focus on this class will be the caterpillar binding and 
its variations. Other exposed sewn bindings will be explored as time and 
student skill permits. Students should have taken the Introduction to 
Non-Adhesive Bookbinding workshop or have equivalent experience. This class 
is limited to 12 students.

Limp Vellum Bookbinding

Wed. - Fri., October 24 - 26, 2007, 8:30 am -4:30pm
Stacie Dolin, Instructor

The Limp Vellum binding is one of the most beautiful traditional structures. 
Using calf vellum covers, alum-tawed hide, and bone clasps, students will 
make their very own model of this binding. Students will learn herringbone 
stitch, hand-sewn headbands, and the lacing in and covering of this 
flexible, durable binding that dates back to the fourteenth century. This 
course is limited to 12 students.

Crossed Structure Bookbinding

Wed. - Fri., November 14 - 16, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Heather Hamilton, Instructor

The crossed structure binding is a modern, non-adhesive binding. It has many 
variations and lends itself to individual tastes. It makes wonderful use of 
papers of different colors and patterns in the woven structure of this 
binding. Colored threads can also be used to enhance these bindings as the 
sewing is left exposed. This class would work well for students who have 
completed our Non-Adhesive Bookbinding workshop, but previous bookbinding 
experience is not required. This class is limited to 12 students.

Accordion Books

Saturday, December 1, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Amy Lapidow, Instructor

Accordion books have many possibilities for the bookbinder, book artist, 
album or journal keeper. See what can be done with a length of folded paper! 
This one-day workshop will cover folding and trimming possibilities, 
including simple meandering structures, a tassel book, and explorations in 
the accordion structure. Materials, tools and embellishment will be 
discussed. No experience is necessary. This course is limited to 12 

Introduction to Calligraphy

Thurs. & Fri., October 18 & 19, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Maryanne Grebenstein, Instructor

This class, designed for students with little or no experience in 
calligraphy, will cover all the necessary basics for learning to letter with 
a broad-edged pen. Students will learn about pen angle, pen scale, letter 
proportion, creating letter forms with a broad-edged pen, and how to "line 
up" your work. Design and color will be touched upon as well. This class is 
limited to 12 Students

Manuscript Gilding and Illumination

Mon. - Wed., December 3 - 5, 2007, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Maryanne Grebenstein, Instructor

Students will be taught the technique of gilding on paper or vellum and the 
use of a gouache to create beautiful artwork reminiscent of the medieval 
manuscripts. Karat gold leaf will be applied to gesso and burnished to 
create a brilliant "illumination" of the page. Traditionally this technique 
is used in conjunction with calligraphy and hand lettering to create 
beautiful, museum quality manuscripts and scrolls. However, it is a 
stand-alone art form which can be used without words to create beautiful, 
gilded images. This class is limited to 12 students. 

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