Bookbinding Boot Camp, July 20-24

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Monday - Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM
July 20th - 24th
$250 + $50 materials fee

Do you love hand bound journals? Have you ever wanted to learn how to bind your own book? Bookbinding Bootcamp is an exciting 5-day course where students learn how to create a series of hand bound journals. During this course, students will learn about proper binding techniques, wise tool choices, how to select appropriate materials and the history of the bindings. The class will begin with boxmaking. We will create a medium sized archival box that will be large enough to house all of books created throughout the week. We will then learn a series of bindings that will include the Coptic binding (4th century), the historic longstitch (14th century), the longstitch binding with decorative wrapper (mid-20th century), and a series of cross structure variations (mid-20th century). Students will have the chance to create one or two books of each type. All materials and tools will be provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary. 8 spots available.

About the instructor: Margot Ecke is the owner of Smokey Road Press, a design, letterpress and bookbinding studio in Athens, Georgia. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from Cornell University. She received a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and completed her training by earning her Diploma in Bookbinding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Margot was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006, where she interned at the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler. She has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, the North Bennet Street School and the Ink Shop. She was an Assistant Professor of Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of Georgia from 2006-2009. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

About the press: Smokey Road Press is located in the Leather’s Building, just two blocks from beautiful downtown Athens, Georgia. Housed in a former sheet metal fabrication warehouse that has been recently and lovingly renovated, the press offers a fully equipped bindery and letterpress shop. We hold classes in letterpress printing, bookbinding and calligraphy. We also have a retail shop, which sells printed cards, hand-bound books and artwork as well as materials and tools needed for working with paper. The press has 2 large Heidelberg Windmills, 5 Chandler and Price presses, a Charles Brand etching press, and 3 Vandercooks. Our bindery is equipped with a guillotine, a Kutrimmer board shear, a variety of book presses, a Rosback perforator and a large iron standing press. 

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