Contemporary Paper Case Binding Workshop with John DeMerritt
Date: Saturday December 9th, 2023
Time: 10AM - 4PM (Lunch break in between)
9469 Jefferson Blvd suite 117
Culver City, CA 90232
Max Class size: 12
Refund Policy: No refunds on cancellations that occur within one week of workshop day.
Paper Case bindings are flexible, durable and use minimal amounts of adhesive and equipment. They incorporate strong sewing and durable handmade covers that wear in beautifully.
In this workshop, participants will make a binding with sewn, unsupported sections attached to a cover made of handmade paper.
Participants will learn how to sew books in sections using a link-stitch sewing pattern, proper spine lining and how to make a light, flexible cover out of handmade paper and paper stiffeners. We will discuss proper use of different adhesives, use of templates to make covers and how to choose the correct materials for these structures.
- bone folder with pointed tip (regular and Teflon are both good)*
- scissors *
- small snap off knife (Olfa) (scalpels are also good) *
- steel straight edge (ruler is fine) 12” or 18”
- self-healing cutting mat, small
- a lunch!
Optional: Japanese screw punch *, lifting spatula or very thin knife, 3” or 4” plastic or aluminum triangle, small weights
Of course, bring any of your favorite tools to impress your fellow participants and instructor with. If you don’t have any of these tools, don’t worry, there will be extras.
* These items can be purchased at Hiromi Paper for 15% off
About the Instructor:
John DeMerritt owns and operates John DeMerritt Bookbinding, in Emeryville, CA. His studio produces books and portfolios for artists, galleries, fine press publishers and institutions.
John has taught and lectured at The SF Center for the Book, The Kala Institute, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Visual Studies Workshop, Oregon College or Arts and Craft, The Guild of Bookworkers, The North Bennett Street School, UC Santa Cruz, Dartmouth College, Paper and Book Intensive and the Penland School of Craft.
From 2000 to 2013, he taught Book Structure at the San Francisco Art Institute. John and his wife, Nora Pauwels, publish collaborative projects with artists under their imprint DeMerritt | Pauwels Editions.