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January 7, 2011

This past semester I had the privilege of teaching bookbinding at the University of Utah in their beautiful Book Arts studio. I had a lot of fun, and the students were terrific. Here is some of their work:

Coptic Binding:

Japanese Stab Binding and Chitzu:

I was a little bit stunned with the creativity of some of these students: During my demo I had the class sew mini books, almost like sewing cards, just so that they could see how simple the construction is, but I also wanted them to see how it’s possible to come up with your own sewing patterns. They seemed to take that challenge and run with it: Many of these sewing patterns are the students’ own designs:


this one and the photo below are the same books

reverse side

Flatback and Round Case:

Little Box:

Final Projects:
For their finals, the students wrote proposals of what they would like to make. Here were some of my favorites:

The cover to the above book is constructed of old shingles that the student had found. Kind of cool, but crumbly, and smelly, too ;)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011 9:09 am

    These are great! Mu favorite is probably the 2nd one. Definitely makes me want to go create a book! I <3 bookbinding :)

  2. January 21, 2011 7:48 pm

    Pretty, pretty. The shingle one looks cool, but I’m sure the smell would put me off.

  3. January 29, 2011 1:04 am

    Hi Lili,
    I’m so pleased you are still checking in on my blog. Your students did an amazing job, these are beautiful projects. I love the Japanese style binding.

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