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Wells Book Arts Summer Institute (I LOVE WELLS!)


July 14-20, 2019 — The long stitch is a binding structure grounded in traditional bookbinding practices in Italy and Germany. It remains a favorite among hand bookbinders today for its flexibility, durability, and opportunities it offers for innovative pattern-making and design along the spine. In this course, participants will learn three traditional long stitch bindings, then spend the rest of the course innovating and experimenting with alternate sewings and covering techniques. We will delve into a number of materials for the covers and spine pieces including leather, handmade paper, wood, and non-traditional materials. We will be in heavy production in this course! Each student can expect to produce between five and ten books displaying a range of sewing innovations and covering materials. Among the books we will produce: travel journals in a full leather wrapper, books with flexible covers wrapped handmade book cloth, and books with wooden spine pieces and handmade paper covers.



About Wells: Each July, Wells Book Arts Center hosts the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute. This year, our 14th!, follows our biggest year ever with 6 courses to choose from for each of the 2 weeks. Join our all-star line-up of instructors and learn new techniques or hone existing skills in a variety or paper and printing arts.

Each week is filled with intensive, hands-on instruction and practice, but there is also time to relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over Cayuga Lake or swim or take things at your own pace. Of course there are people who want to work on their projects late into the evening, and we encourage that too! Class sizes are limited, so sign up early to secure your spot in one of these great courses.


6 comments on “WORKSHOPS

  1. su523
    January 17, 2013

    I’m hoping to get on the West Dean course. I love West Dean and I really want to learn about letterpress. So West Dean + letterpress = one very happy bunny.


    • Big Jump Press
      January 17, 2013

      That’s excellent, Su! West Dean is beautiful, I agree! (And the food is tops.) I’ll see you there!

  2. Bonnie Scott
    February 18, 2014

    Sarah, Somewhere on your blog I remember you mentioning a 2-week course at Penland this summer. Is it a class independent of the entire summer program or must a student enroll in the program. Being a self-taught box maker I would love the opportunity of discovering how is should be done. I really admire your work and it was an old student of yours, Erin Morris, that turned me on to your blog.
    thanks, Bonnie

    • Big Jump Press
      February 19, 2014

      Hi Bonnie! The class is independent of other programs, you can sign up just for the course. It should be loads of fun. I’ve put the information up on my workshops page now, You can get more information from the Penland website. I hope I see you there! Big hello to Erin!

  3. Tony
    October 15, 2015

    Where are you located?

    Where may I review the workshop calendar for 2016?


    • Big Jump Press
      October 17, 2015

      Hi Tony,
      I am located in Brighton and Hove in the UK. I am just now setting up my schedule for the 2016 year but should shortly start to post workshops for the spring. I don’t know where you are located, but I do often make trips to the USA in the summer to do short courses there in a variety of locations. This year is a funny one because we’ve just had a baby, which is why I am currently taking time off from teaching. Thanks for the kind words about the SP-15 adjustment roller height post! I am so glad you found it helpful.
      Best wishes,
      Sarah Bryant

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