Pearl City Clay House is excited to announce a series of FREE community workshops at the Prendergast Library, funded by the Murray L. Bob Educational Initiative.
The first of these workshops, to create a hand-bound blank journal, will take place over two evenings in March – March 8 and March 22. In order to complete the project you must be available both nights.
Our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, will guide participants as they learn a long stitch binding. Longstitch is a versatile and attractive method of sewing multiple signature books that open easily and can be adapted in a variety of ways. This traditional style of binding originated in Germany, and was in use between 1375 and 1500. We will use some contemporary recycled materials, including a brown paper lunch bag, to replicate this glue- free binding.
The workshop will cover basic bookbinding terminology and techniques, and students will make the structure along with the instructor. Students will fold, mark up and punch signatures, construct a paper case from a brown lunch bag, and sew the long stitch structure. Students will gain the skills to continue making books on their own at home with minimal equipment.
While the events are free, space is limited, and you must register by calling 716-484-7135, ext. 226 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.