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In this class you will create a lovely handbound pocket sized book in the German longstitch and linkstitch style, by sewing folded sections of paper through holes punched through a wraparound leather cover to create a pattern of exposed sewing along the spine. We will cover some basic decorative variations in spine designs, incorporating long stitches and link stitches with the option to add some weaving to the spine as a decorative flourish.
All materials are provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.Find out more »
In this hands-on introductory class you will learn the basics of setting type and designing your own unique cards using wood and metal type, our collection of antique letterpress ornaments and newspaper halftone blocks, linocut blocks and more!
All materials are provided (including envelopes for your cards!), and you will create a set of ten cards of your own design in your choice of paper colour.
This class runs for two weeks on Thursday evenings, December 6 and 12, from 7-9:30pm. You will design your cards and set type the first week and print the second week.Find out more »
Retchoso bookbinding is a unique style of Japanese binding that joins folded sections of paper with a complex yet elegant stitch using one or two needles to create a slender notebook that opens perfectly flat. Sturdy multi-layer paper covers are built onto the book’s sections before binding. It’s a perfect binding for a portable notebook or sketchbook, or for chapbook publishing. All materials are included, and you will leave the class with a finished book. Space in the class is…Find out more »
In this easy yet elegant binding, folded sections of paper are sewn through a stiffened paper cover with a decorative beaded stitch that beautifully frames an open slot in the book's spine, offering a glimpse of the pages within. Stitching wrapped around the head and foot of the reinforced paper spine gives the look of a thread headband at the edges of the spine. The product is a sturdy and solid book that you'll love to use for writing or…Find out more »
In this class you’ll learn the basics of carving and printing a relief print from a linoleum block. You will design and carve your own block and learn how to print it by hand as well as on a press, and will leave the class with an edition of six completed prints. You will have the option to print your block in one colour, in a multiple colour gradient, or to try selectively inking your block to make a two…Find out more »
In this class you will create a lovely handbound pocket sized book in the German longstitch and linkstitch style, by sewing folded sections of paper through holes punched through a wraparound leather cover to create a pattern of exposed sewing along the spine. We will cover some basic decorative variations in spine designs, incorporating long stitches and link stitches with the option to add some weaving to the spine as a decorative flourish. All materials are provided. No previous bookbinding…Find out more »
Trace monotype is an easy and beautiful method for creating a mix of bold and delicate lines in your one-of-a-kind prints. It's very responsive to the artist's hand, giving a rich atmospheric quality to the image. In this class you will learn how to specially prepare oil based ink for trace monotype, and will create at least one beautiful print on Japanese paper (depending on the complexity of your image, you may have time to make more than one print).…Find out more »
Coptic binding is an ancient bookbinding method in which folded sections of paper are sewn together between rigid covers to create a decorative chain stitch across the exposed spine. This is an ideal method for binding albums and sketchbooks, as the book can be laid open entirely flat. In this introductory class you will create a book using cover boards that have been prepared in advance. You will choose from a selection of cover boards culled from vintage books, and…Find out more »
$30 + $10 materials fee In this two hour workshop, you will learn how to make a “dirty pot”, how to prepare fabric for botanical contact printing, and tips for printing on paper. We will supply a 22” by 22” cotton bandanna on which you will design your own botanical print using locally sourced and dried plant materials. Please note the prints need to cook in the dirty pot for 2+ hours, so you will need to come back in…Find out more »
$30 + $20 material fee In this two-hour session you are invited to bring your own t-shirt (or equivalent) and we will supply a 22” by 22” cotton bandana for you to dip in our indigo vat. We will discuss the history of indigo, how it is prepared for use, and how to set up and maintain the dye vat. Class space is limited. Registration is required for each workshop. Ready to join the class? Please click this link to…Find out more »