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Summer book arts workshops in Nashville

>> Thursday, May 3, 2012

Watkins College bookbinding class photo

I've often found that people who like book arts fall into one of two groups. They either like functional books, perhaps to be used as travel journals or sketchbooks. Or they like sculptural forms made from clever found objects, and interesting book-like structures created as artistic displays. This summer, I'll teach workshops for both. 

Through Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, I'll be teaching a two-day workshop where we'll make a large hardcover journal with the Coptic binding, as well as a several smaller functional books with a variety of binding styles.  And I'll also be teaching a one-day workshop on flag books made with a interesting materials like maps, postage stamps, vintage photographs, and game boards.  

If you're interested in learning to make books but don't know which type you'd enjoy the most, these two workshops would be a perfect introduction to the world of book arts.  Since the workshops are just one or two days long, you'll be able try something new without committing to an in-depth, multi-week course.  

These classes are open to anyone in the Nashville community, and to register just call the college's community education office at 615-277-7455.  Be sure to sign up at least two weeks in advance.  To see the other creative classes available, check out the Watkins summer course catalog

Bind your own handmade journal

When: Saturday, July 14; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
and Sunday, July 15; 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Watkins College, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville
Cost: $65, plus $20 materials fee
Description: Learn to bind your own unique and functional book, perfect for journaling or sketching. This two-day workshop will teach the Coptic binding style, which features hard covers, exposed stitching on the spine and pages that lay completely fl at when open. The Coptic stitch, developed by early Christians in Egypt, remains one of the most popular bookbinding styles. All materials and tools will be provided.

Sculptural bookbinding

When: Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Watkins College, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville
Cost: $50, plus $15 materials fee
Description: Maps, postcards, ticket stubs, letters and vintage photographs become works of art in this sculptural bookmaking class. We’ll make hardcover flag books, which look simple when closed, but open to reveal surprising interlocking folds and pages. Bring your own paper keepsakes to feature inside. All other materials and tools will be provided.


Desi May 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM  

I signed myself and a friend up. I am so excited! I have put off teaching this to myself due to making time to concentrate on skill, this class will be so awesome. thank you!!!!

Katie May 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM  

Thank you so much, Desi! I'm so glad you're excited about the class. I'm really looking forward to teaching it. We should have enough time in the class to learn a few other softcover binding styles in addition to the large hardcover Coptic journal we'll be making. It should be a lot of fun! See you this summer! -Katie

Deb June 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

I just signed up for the July 21st class! I'm a total newbie and have never tried this before but hope I can keep up. Looking forward to it!!

Katie June 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM  

Hi Deborah,

Wonderful! I'm so glad that you signed up! The first session of the Coptic binding class was so popular that it filled up quickly, so we decided to add a second session the following weekend. We'll be starting from the beginning with an introduction to bookbinding, so it won't be a problem at all if you haven't made a book before. You will definitely be able to keep up, and you'll leave the class with a completed hardcover handbound book and the skills to make more in the future.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in July!

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