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Bookbinding Intensive – Sarah McDermott
July 2 - July 6| $800
July 2 – 6
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $90
Class limit: 8
Books organize information and create time based experiences for readers—and it all begins with binding.
Led by Sarah McDermott (creator of WSW’s artist’s book Channel and Flow), participants in this workshop will master the basics of selecting materials, folding, trimming, sewing, and covering boards, while also focusing on improving hand skills and precision. Students will learn several different sewing styles, working with and without adhesives to bind multiple structures at a rapid pace, but with time as well to practice, expand, and experiment.
Structures will include pamphlet variations, link stitch, long stitch, accordions, and sewn boards binding and/or a case binding (time permitting or according to student preference), and with the option to make paste paper as well for decorative elements. Along the way, we will look at examples of these structures used within artists’ books to envision how form can interact with content. This class is open to all levels; artists with bookbinding experience will have the opportunity to further hone their skills with critical feedback.
Sarah McDermott is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and her BA in Urban Studies from Brown University. She previously taught printmaking at the University of North Florida, and letterpress, book arts and printmaking in the Art and the Book M.A. program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University. She has held residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Center for Book Arts in New York City where she was a Van Lier Scholar in 2010-11, and her work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Brown University Artists’ Books Collection.