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San Francisco, CA

A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. 

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ASHEVILLE BOOK WORKS: Fall Workshops for questions and other information.
Or by phone: 828-255-8444  

Asheville BookWorks, located in West Asheville, NC,  offers a regular selection of classes in artist books, printmaking, bindings and letterpress printing. 

September 8 - 10, 2017
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $390 (price includes a $56 materials fee)
Instructor: Perry Obee

This 3-day introductory workshop will introduce you to the chemical processes of traditional lithography with the ease of printing on an etching press. Printing on the etching press provides a familiar setting for those experienced with monotype, woodcut, or etching to begin working with lithographic techniques. Working with aluminum plates, participants will learn how to process the plate with the same basic techniques used for traditional stone lithography and will leave with the foundation to pursue more advanced lithographic methods. Participants will have the option to add additional plates for multi-color prints and will have the option to produce a small edition of prints in this workshop. All materials are non-toxic except the low-toxic odorless mineral spirits used for clean up. All levels are welcome.

September 16 - 17, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $234 (price includes a $10 materials fee)
Instructor: Jon Buller

Leather case bindings can be elegant. They are an economical alternative to traditional laced-on bindings and, if properly executed, can be nearly indistinguishable from the more time-consuming method. They are indispensable in edition binding. The case technique provides an opportunity to build a stronger hinge, historically the weak point in binding technique.
Students will bring a sewn text block (see below), trim as necessary, round and back, line up the text block; pare leather for the cases and construct the cases with the raised bands and head caps; case in the text blocks. Decorating the spines will be discussed.

Figures of Power, connecting with the creative unconscious
 September 22, 2017
(runs six consecutive weeks on Friday mornings)
10am - 12:30pm  

Cost: $250
Gwen Diehn and Mary Lounsbury
For artist and non-artist alike, opening awareness to creative imaginal dialogue is nourishing, potentially infusing our lives with a sense of connection and unfolding meaning. Artists will find that this practice enriches their body of work, deepening the relationship with an ever-present source of personally meaningful content.
Over the course of 6 weeks the group will work with a variety of materials and forms, with the option to develop two or three works in greater depth.Classes will be held at various outside locations in the Asheville area and at BookWorks studio. Each session will open with a gathering circle and close with a grounding ritual. For the first session, we will gather at Gwen’s house in east Asheville and proceed as a group to a nearby trail at Warren Wilson College. Beginning in conversation with the landscape and the unknown, we will create primitive* forms out of found materials. A process of meditative awareness and imaginal dialogue will lead into creative exercises and art-making, with time for sharing and discussion. Locations for subsequent meetings will be given at the initial meeting.

SEPTEMBER 23-24, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $250 (price includes a $25 materials fee)
Instructor: Laurie Corral

Learn to print Letterpress! BookWorks has a considerable collection of lead and wood type to choose from.  Especially good as an Introduction to Letterpress and if you have some experience but haven’t been on the press for a while, this class will review the basics of Letterpress printing. For students wishing to gain more experience, this class will address students at their own level. Beginners will learn the basics of hand-setting type for a greeting card or short poem. Advanced students will plan and print more complex projects such as a small chapbook , broadside or poster. Advanced projects might include multiple color registration or simple image making on the letterpress. Instructor will demonstrate two image making techniques, the Sandragraph and pressure printing.

September 29 - October 1, 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $330 (price includes a $60 materials fee)
Instructor: Clay Harmon

This class is an introduction to the polymer photogravure process, the modern successor to the difficult Talbot-Klic copperplate process that was in common use in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We will use a modern polymer-coated plate to create an intaglio-etched surface that will be inked with an oily printer’s ink and then wiped, leaving ink in the varying depths of the recesses of the plate which will then produce the photographic gradation of tones that makes the photogravure one of the most beautiful and permanent of the continuous tone photographic printing processes.
 The beauty of the polymer method is that the etching of the plate is done with tap water instead of the more chemically dangerous mordant used in the traditional copperplate photogravure process. The use of a digitally printed positive on clear film also allows the student to concentrate more on the technique of inking and wiping plates rather than spending time making a perfect positive in the darkroom. With a two day workshop, we will have enough time for each student to make at least four plates and several prints from each plate.

October 14, 2017
Saturday, 10 – 5 pm
Cost: $130 (price includes a $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Jon Buller

The class will create small gift boxes as containers for small items such as jewelry, little books or other miniature presents. The boxes themselves may be gifts. Construction for 3” – 6” rectangular and round shapes will be taught though sizes and shapes can be modified. A variety of materials can be used to cover the boxes making this is a great project for your decorative papers and bookcloth.

October 21-22, 2017  
Saturday & Sunday, 9 – 5 pm  
Cost: $300(price includes a $35 materials fee)  

Instructor: Hollis Fouts
Learn essential stitching patterns and skills in this multi structure class. We’ll make 2 books, including a 2 color Coptic and decorative Long Stitch on leather, as well as 2 samplers – an ornamental border stitch from the Coptic period which may be used for headbands and, if there is time we will introduce the Caterpillar stitch. Something for everyone as you expand your stitch and structure library.

OCTOBER 26, 2017
Wednesday evening, 6 - 8:30pm  
Cost: $68 (price includes a $20 materials fee) 

Instructor: Sara Brooks
Learn how to create your own book cloth using two different methods of application. Students bring their own fabrics and learn how to make book cloth and which methods work best for various types of fabrics. Bring new fabrics or repurpose from linen napkins, old t-shirts, tablecloths, pajamas, bed sheets for a unique look. (Pair this class with the Daily Planner on November 14 to use your book cloth on a handbound planner for 2018!)

October 28 - 29, 2017  
Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 5 pm  
Cost: $239 (price includes a $15 materials fee)  
Instructor: Delaney Smith

This courses focuses on two simple processes: natural dye on paper and simple book making techniques. We will achieve a range of color on cotton paper, using every day dye sources like avocado, onion skins, hibiscus, and rosemary. The pages will then be gathered and transformed into books using pamphlet and stab binding. These handmade books can be starting points for drawing or creative writing, but can also stand on their own as a work of art.

We are continually adding classes. Please check our website regularly for additions.

November 11-12 Pocket Link + Pochoir Binding - instructor: Karen Hardy
November 14 - Handbound 2018 Daily Planner - instructor: Sara Brooks
December 9 - Collapseable Cradle and Slipcase - instructor: Karen Hardy
December 10 - Blizzard Books and Boxes - instructor: Karen Hardy