EVENT: Miniature Bookbindings

Jim Reid-Cunningham miniature bookbindings with coin for scale

To view this event and more, please visit – http://www.lib.utah.edu/collections/book-arts/

Date/times: Thursday + Friday, May 28-29, 9:00-5:00, May 30, 10:00-5:00
Instructor: Jim Reid-Cunningham
Location: Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, level 4
Workshop fee: GBW members $235, Non-members $250

* Co-sponsored by the Guild of Book Workers Rocky Mountain Chapter.
* Register for this workshop online here<http://bookartsprogram.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=062663b0bc686db47402876cd&id=c5c0bd0c36&e=12cb3fb829>!

A true miniature book—less than three inches tall—presents difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. Learn to construct three books of diminishing size with useful structures that fit in the palm of the hand. Leave holding a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding covered in leather and/or paper, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure.  Contrast the utility of case binding, accordion and non-adhesive structures with a concentration on flexibility and small book action, analyze materials and techniques suitable for tiny formats, and enjoy the challenging limitations inherent to scaled-down books that promote precisely executed and finely detailed work.

James Reid-Cunningham is the Deputy Director at the Boston Athenæum and supervises library and museum collections and services. On the staff since 2003, he originally served as the Athenæum’s Chief Conservator before being named Associate Director for Digital Programs and Preservation in 2011. Previously he was Conservator of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School in Boston. An internationally known bookbinder, he is a past President of the Guild of Book Workers. A noted teacher in book and paper conservation, he served as Adjunct Lecturer at Buffalo State College from 2009-2013. He teaches professional training courses at institutions nationwide.

To register for these workshops, call 801.585.9191 or email bookartsprogram@utah.edu

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