8/8 – 8/19
Miniatures: Fine Print meets Fine Binding
with Gabrielle Fox & Chip Schilling


Thursday – Monday 8/8-8/19/2024
Full Day

American Academy of Bookbinding


Miniature bindings are delightful, fun, and challenging for the binder. This class, which will first produce and then bind a tiny bookblock in full-leather, will teach students to create small visual gems that can be read comfortably and handled without harm.

Students will begin by letterpress printing the bookblock for binding to learn how books are designed for imposition and how print production can affect subsequent binding decisions. Then, students will produce a book in full-leather with leather joints and end bands, with the opportunity to explore decorative techniques.

Design for miniatures requires visual and structural adjustments to create an object that appears to be a scaled-down version of a full-size book. While this course produces a miniature book, the thought process, and hand skill required are valuable additions to a binder’s repertoire.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding Level 2 or equivalent experience (must be familiar with multi-signature sewing and case binding; some experience working with leather preferred).

Note for Diploma Students: This course can be used to fulfill one of your required binding courses.

Materials fee $150

Registration will be completed via the American Academy of Bookbinding.