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Workshops

Western Case Book Binding Workshop

175.00

Western Case Bound Book Workshop

Instructor: Cathy Hunt

Dates: Friday, February 22 – 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience level: all levels

Course Fee: $175

Materials Fee: $50 (Payable in cash or check to Cathy Hunt at the first class meeting)

The technical name of the hard cover book we have all known at school and the library is the Western Case Bound Book.  The name comes from the fact that the contents of the book, called the text block, are wrapped on three sides by a stiff cover, known as the case. In this workshop, participants fully bind one book and make two construction models, which reveal steps in the process that are later buried in the binding. Participants will learn about the decisions required in the binding process and choosing paper for a text block, thread for sewing and materials for the case, as well as the adhesives used in bookbinding. Each participant will receive detailed written instructions for the structure.

All materials for the book and construction models will be provided.  Participants will receive a short list of materials needed for the class – most of these items you probably already have in your art supplies stash.

Supply List:

-2 or 3 sharp pencils or a mechanical pencil

-White vinyl eraser

-Notebook for taking notes

-Scalpel or Xacto knife and extra blades

-15 to 18 inch ruler (in both inches and metric - if you have it)

-Sharp scissors

-Right Angle – at least 8” on the long side - metal is best but plastic is OK and easiest to find.

-Apron

Optional – Bring only if you already have

Utility Knife and extra blades

Bone folder

Dividers – the kind that will lock

Pointed tweezers

What to wear

Warning! Wear old clothes - The adhesives used in bookbinding can damage clothes. An apron helps keep the adhesives off clothing.

About Cathy:

Cathy Swengel Hunt is retired from the faculty of the School of Art at the University of Houston, where she coordinated the printmaking and book arts program. She received a BS from the University of Illinois and MFA from the University of Houston. She maintains studios in Houston and in Ludington, Michigan and is an artist member of Burning Bones Press. Her interests include the expressive possibilities at the confluence of image and language and the place of the print in contemporary artistic practice. She teaches classes and workshops on all aspects of printmaking as well as the book arts, with an emphasis on artists’ books. She has collaborated with a wide array of artists and authors on artist’s books and chapbooks; with her partner in Fiocat Press she most recently produced Deep South: An Excerpt by Paul Theroux. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and on the Board of Directors of the Lawndale Art Center. Cathy currently serves as a Co-Director of the Paper and Book Intensive, an annual meeting/workshop for artists and practitioners in papermaking, printmaking, book arts and conservation.

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Western Case Bound Book Workshop

Instructor: Cathy Hunt

Dates: Friday, February 22 – 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience level: all levels

Course Fee: $175

Materials Fee: $50 (Payable in cash or check to Cathy Hunt at the first class meeting)

The technical name of the hard cover book we have all known at school and the library is the Western Case Bound Book.  The name comes from the fact that the contents of the book, called the text block, are wrapped on three sides by a stiff cover, known as the case. In this workshop, participants fully bind one book and make two construction models, which reveal steps in the process that are later buried in the binding. Participants will learn about the decisions required in the binding process and choosing paper for a text block, thread for sewing and materials for the case, as well as the adhesives used in bookbinding. Each participant will receive detailed written instructions for the structure.

All materials for the book and construction models will be provided.  Participants will receive a short list of materials needed for the class – most of these items you probably already have in your art supplies stash.

Supply List:

-2 or 3 sharp pencils or a mechanical pencil

-White vinyl eraser

-Notebook for taking notes

-Scalpel or Xacto knife and extra blades

-15 to 18 inch ruler (in both inches and metric - if you have it)

-Sharp scissors

-Right Angle – at least 8” on the long side - metal is best but plastic is OK and easiest to find.

-Apron

Optional – Bring only if you already have

Utility Knife and extra blades

Bone folder

Dividers – the kind that will lock

Pointed tweezers

What to wear

Warning! Wear old clothes - The adhesives used in bookbinding can damage clothes. An apron helps keep the adhesives off clothing.

About Cathy:

Cathy Swengel Hunt is retired from the faculty of the School of Art at the University of Houston, where she coordinated the printmaking and book arts program. She received a BS from the University of Illinois and MFA from the University of Houston. She maintains studios in Houston and in Ludington, Michigan and is an artist member of Burning Bones Press. Her interests include the expressive possibilities at the confluence of image and language and the place of the print in contemporary artistic practice. She teaches classes and workshops on all aspects of printmaking as well as the book arts, with an emphasis on artists’ books. She has collaborated with a wide array of artists and authors on artist’s books and chapbooks; with her partner in Fiocat Press she most recently produced Deep South: An Excerpt by Paul Theroux. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN and on the Board of Directors of the Lawndale Art Center. Cathy currently serves as a Co-Director of the Paper and Book Intensive, an annual meeting/workshop for artists and practitioners in papermaking, printmaking, book arts and conservation.