Creative Bookbinding for Artists and Photographers

July 9 - July 13, 2021

Creative Bookbinding for Artists and Photographers


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $50

Learn the craft of bookbinding that can be an integral part of imaging a book. This workshop will introduce basic materials and techniques of hand bookbinding with the visual artist in mind. We start with simple folded formats and single section sewings to introduce the basics. Concertina albums, coptic sewings and more complex structures will further the library of ideas to spur the artist and photographer’s creative practice. The class will focus on physical considerations of the book, but strategies for uniting content and structure will be illustrated and discussed. You are welcome to bring your own ideas for books.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Scott McCarney

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. He received formal design training at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond VA) in the 1970s, and earned an advanced degree in photography from the University at Buffalo/Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester NY) in the 1980s. He has been making books as works of art for almost forty years that explore many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural installation. His work is shown internationally as well as close to home. His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America.

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