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Decorative Bindings – Debra Eck

August 3, 2015 - August 7, 2015

| $775

Tuition: $775 ($698 members)
Lab fee: $50
Class limit: 7
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This workshop will explore the intersection of sewn bindings with the possibilities contained in more traditional embroidery from many world traditions.

The term ’embroidered bookbinding’ usually describes a book bound in textile, decorated with a design made for the specific book and worked in colored and metallic threads on both covers. But in this workshop participants will explore the possibilities of expanding embroidery techniques onto the exposed spine.

Beginning with simple adaptations of more traditional long and case stitch forms, participants will expand their repertoire to also include complex, charted, embroidered spines featuring patterns based in Elizabethan Blackwork (any embroidery using black thread on a white ground). Students will also be able to explore charting and creating their own designs and possible applications for such bindings.

Previous experience with bookbinding is helpful but is not necessary.

Register for this workshop by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.


Debra Eck

Debra Eck is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Debra received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and for many other arts and cultural organizations. Her first experience with bookbinding was as an undergraduate when she took an elective course with a visiting artist.

Debra has been the recipient of many grants and awards; most recently she was awarded recognition by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement in Arts & Culture in part for her work in founding and directing a women’s art biennial “Women Create” in Western New York.


August 3, 2015
August 7, 2015
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