Have you ever wondered how books get bound, clasped or otherwise put together to make them as trim and portable as they are? Find out about it at an adult workshop on Saturday, February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., when you yourself will make two artist books. The workshop cost is $55 and is limited the those at least 17 years old, although all levels of skill are welcome and no experience is necessary. You can REGISTER HERE.

Using high-quality materials, simple skills and highly-personalized techniques, you will create two professionally-bound books from scratch and will learn skills to introduce book arts into your art-making practice. You’ll need to bring: 1) two half-yards of lightweight fabric (one half-yard per book), and 2) two sheets (or more) of decorative paper (minimum size 12×18” and avoid scrapbook papers, wrapping papers and wallpaper).

Adult Education events are an essential part of Artworks mission

Techniques to be developed in the workshop will equip students to continue this art form independently at home or in their studio:

  • All the know-how of bookmaking to create two different hardcover book blanks; perfect for sketchbooks, journals, artist books, and scrapbooks.
  • Paper selection and preparation, making contemporary book cloth, perfecting binding techniques and learning a variety of skills to translate to their own art-making practice.
  • Paper selection and preparation, making contemporary book cloth, perfecting binding techniques and learning a variety of skills to translate to their own art-making practice.

The instructor, Dave DiMarchi, is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and teaching artist, working in letterpress, papermaking, silkscreen and book forms. He received his BFA in Printmaking and Books from the University of Delaware and has continued to teach and study across the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area for the past 10 years. David maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in New Hope, Pennsylvania, working closely with artists to master artmaking techniques and instruction. He is also the owner of 9 in Hand Press, a pre-press graphic design studio concentrating on unique, hand-built graphics, typography and illustration. More information about Dave’s work can be found at www.9inhandpress.com.