Making Handmade Books: Basic and Beyond

Making Handmade Books: Basic and Beyond


JULY 14 - JULY 15, 2018

SAT - SUN, 10AM–5PM (lunch: 1-2pm)


In this class, students will learn how to make various types of softcover books: basic instant, accordion fold, pocket accordion, self-hinged accordion with a softcover, single signature chapbook using a three-hole pamphlet stich and a five-hole pamphlet stich, and a multi signature book.  

Variations such as Dos-à-dos (binding of two books into one volume) and French Doors (two pamphlets sewn separately onto the same cover) will be covered, as will Asian bookbinding methods, such as stab binding and tortoise-shell binding. No previous bookmaking experience is required. Photographers, printmakers, illustrators, graphic designers, writers and anyone interested in creating a softcover book are welcome.  

Please bring the materials fee ($30) to the first day of the class.


Minny Lee is a multimedia artist who employs photography, audio, video, artist’s book and site-specific installation work. Her hand-made books have been exhibited and sold worldwide at such venues as the New York Art Book Fair, L.A. Art Book Fair, Codex Book Fair, Camera Club of New York, Arles Photo Festival in France, Pulp Gallery in Canada, Datz Museum of Art and Ryugaheon Gallery in South Korea. Her artist’s book, Encounters, is in the collection of the Stanford University Library, the Library of the International Center of Photography and numerous private collections. Lee obtained a Master of Arts in Art History from the City College of New York and a Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Photographic Studies from ICP-Bard. 

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