Miniature Bookbinding with James Reid-Cunningham April 29-May 1, 2016

image_miniatures1Description: Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and during this workshop, the student will construct three books of diminishing size: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a quarter leather binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. Class projects will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.

James Reid-Cunningham is a bookbinder and design binder with a private practice providing book and paper conservation services. He studied bookbinding with Mark Esser at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, and received the school’s distinguished alumni award in 2006. He spent thirty years as a conservator of rare paper-based artifacts at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum, and he served as the President of the Guild of Book Workers from 2006 to 2010. A noted teacher of bookbinding and conservation, from 2009 to 2013 he was the adjunct lecturer in book conservation in the graduate art conservation program at Buffalo State College. He exhibits design bindings nationally and internationally. His website is

Make a trip of it! We scheduled the workshop for this weekend to take advantage of all the cool things going on about Dallas, including: Dallas Book FestivalMayfest, Independent Bookstore Day (April 30), uniquely Texan museum exhibits, and author talks! See the list here. Registered students will receive a Welcome Packet including more details about what to bring for the workshop, directions, and local recommendations for Dallas.


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