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Upcoming Workshops // June – August

April 13, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

Making your summer plans? Consider signing up for an online workshop. No matter where you are in the world, you can now register for a workshop! All workshops will be recorded and will be available to students who register, so no need to stay up late for class if you live in a different time zone. Can’t wait to see you in class!

Cross Structure Binding
4 Sessions // June 8 – 17 (Tuesday and Thursday mornings)
10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
Sign-up by May 25 to receive your material kit!

The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.

Variations on Single Signature Bindings
4 Sessions // June 22 – July 1 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
Sign-up by June 8 to receive your material kit!

Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some may span only a few pages, while others become a thick tome. In this workshop, we’ll explore the former as we create a multitude of models with both soft and hardcovers.

Students will begin this workshop by making a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets or short stories.

Quick Enclosures Series
3 Sessions // July 11 – 25 (Sunday mornings)
10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
Sign-up by June 29 to receive your material kit!

This workshop will focus on quick enclosures that can be constructed from sturdy paper and heavy cardstock. Many of the folding techniques presented in this workshop stem from origami, which have been further explored by the imitable Hedi Kyle. In addition, students will also learn how to construct paper slipcases and 4-flap enclosures often used in conservation.

We will discuss how to cut and measure for custom projects, however the kit will include a small blank book, which will be used to construct the enclosures during the workshop.

Box Series
4 Sessions // August 3 – 12 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
Sign-up by July 20 to receive your material kit!


Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

2-Day: Shrigley
3 Sessions // August 23 & 27 (Monday & Friday)
Aug. 23: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
Aug. 27: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Maine Media Workshops + College – Online

The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.

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