LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2017
Book a workshop or lecture with Ash & Elm Press! Classes are available in all aspects of the book arts, from paper making to bookbinding, and everything in between. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask! Custom workshop or lecture requests are welcome!
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MAKE A TINY BOOK!
Become a bookbinder and hand make a tiny book necklace or key chain! Each little book is less than 2 inches tall, and is a fully functioning blank journal or sketchbook with 40 blank pages to doodle on. Attendees can choose between leather and felt for their covers, available in a variety of colors, and have the opportunity to work with professional marbled or printed artist papers.
BOOKBINDING FOR ARTISTS: CHAPBOOKS
Have a collection of poems you want to self-publish? Want to expand your creativity into another art medium? Learn how to make chapbooks, historically used to publish small, inexpensive pamphlets of writing. Attendees will learn 3 different types of chap book bindings they can easily recreate at home for their writings and artwork, in addition to taking home the books produced in the workshop.
DIY STITCHED BINDING
Learn the history and techniques of the beautiful stitched bookbinding styles of Asia, also called stab or thread binding, Choose to bind your book in the original Korean, Chinese, or Japanese style using authentic Asian materials, and how to adapt this ancient art to creative, modern styles.
FORM MEETS FUNCTION: COPTIC BINDING
Learn how to bind books in the oldest style known to date- Coptic Binding! Coptic books are sewn in a style that leave the sewing exposed, making them not only beautiful to look at, but also enabling them to lay completely flat for superior functionality. This ancient form of bookbinding, which originated in Northeast Africa, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. Prerequisite: Previous bookbinding experience.
This introductory class will teach basic bookbinding skills through simple bookbinding styles. Attendees will become familiar with bookbinding tools, develop hand techniques, and learn about interior book structures. This hands on workshop will cover the materials used in bookbinding, as well as best practices for folding and cutting paper, using bookbinding tools, and different types of sewing methods, in addition to making a few simple pamphlet books.
BOOKBINDING II: LACED & LIMP PAPER CASE BINDING
Learn how to make an entire book with a removable soft cover using only paper, thread, and some simple tools. Students will learn how to use the French link stitch and paper tapes to sew a text block, and then insert the tapes into a custom cut, removable cover to create a beautiful, functional book to take home- all while learning more advanced bookbinding skills. Modeled after medieval limp vellum books, this laced & limp paper cases are an affordable alternative to an iconic, historic bookbinding style.
BOOKBINDING III: HARDCOVER BOOKS
Ever wonder how all those hardcover books are made? Go back to a time before machines and make one yourself! Fold the paper, punch the signatures, sew the text block, glue the cover, and encase your book. Previous bookbinding experience strongly recommended.
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
THE ART OF THE BOOK: NONADHESIVE BINDINGS
Travel through time and across the globe to learn about the different bookbinding styles throughout history, starting in North Africa and ending in Europe. This presentation focuses on the structure and function of each style, explaining the pros and cons of each in terms of aesthetic, use, and longevity. Handmade historical replicas and modern interpretations of each bookbinding style will be available for handling, as well as some historical materials like papyrus and vellum.
THE ART OF THE BOOK: BINDING STYLES OF ASIA
Asia has a rich history in bookbinding unique from the rest of the world. Learn about the evolution of the book in Asia, including the spread of the art of book and paper making from China to Japan, Korea, and the rest of the world. Handmade historical replicas and modern interpretations of each bookbinding style will be available for handling, as well as some handmade materials like mulberry paper and handmade printed artist paper.
A COLORFUL HISTORY OF PIGMENTS AND POISON
Where does color come from? Enjoy a journey through time and space, learning of the famous colors coveted throughout history- and their colorful backstories. From indigo and woad to lead and arsenic, discover how these materials transformed into such coveted colors, and the consequences of their use.
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NATURAL PAINTS: THE COLORS OF LONG ISLAND
Learn how to turn the native herbs, flowers, and weeds from your backyard into a riot of colorful paints, inks and dyes. Attendees will use different methods to produce blues, greens, yellows, reds, and purples from every day plants, while learning about the chemistry behind stabilizing each pigment, and what types of additions are used to create different types of paints. Each person will leave with a color chart displaying the results of their color experiments, and a share of any left-over pigments.
NATURAL PAINTS: THE COLORS OF HISTORY
Learn about the historical methods used to create some of the famous colors found throughout history. Dabble in some of these recipes yourself while learning about the story and science behind each pigment. Each person will leave with a color chart displaying the results of their paint making, and a share of any left-over pigments.
MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER!
Come ready to get wet! This outdoor program is fun, informative, and awfully messy. Learn how paper is made, and make some yourself using paper pulp, water baths, and screen frames! Take your paper home to use for scrapbooking, collages, or other paper crafts.