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.