7/11 – 7/15
Binding Treatment
Cloth & Paper
with Peter Geraty


Thursday – Monday 7/11-7/15/2024
Full Day

American Academy of Bookbinding


If you’re interested in book repair, this course is for you! Students will learn to repair damaged cloth and paper bindings using basic book conservation and restoration methods. The course covers ethical considerations of binding treatments, rebuilding book structures, dying and tinting materials to create color-complementary repairs, and enhancing the book’s usability. Japanese papers, cotton, and various adhesives will be explored and used as students progress through the class.

Students should bring at least 4-5 books that will be narrowed down to those that will give students the best results. Class members will observe the decision-making process regarding the best treatment options for their books. Students will work on repairs while also engaging with the ethics of performing various changes or repairs. Students will complete a minimum of two binding treatments by the week’s end.

Prerequisites: Intro 2 or equivalent experience (must be competent in case binding)

Materials fee $100

Registration will be completed via the American Academy of Bookbinding.