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Handmade Bookbinding Workshop

Schedule and location

Five days, Three Tuesdays  January 21 through February 4, and two Thursdays, January 23 and 30, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$198.00 member
$225.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course description

Learn to make one-of-a-kind handbound books that can be given as a gift, displayed as art, or used to hold photographs, sketches, or journal entries.

Artist and instructor Maria Rebelo will model different bookmaking techniques and book styles, including saddle stitch, variations of dos-à-dos or French Fold, accordion books with pockets, Japanese stab binding, hardbound books, and more. Each student will make a total of four unique books of various styles over the course of the program and get personalized feedback from the instructors. All supplies are included.

This class is appropriate for all experience levels. Enjoy this hands-on opportunity to celebrate the gift of paper that trees and plants provide. Make something creative, beautiful, and useful, and gain the skills to continue the practice of bookmaking on your own.

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Maria Rebelo and Cora Jacobs, artists and photographers

A photographer since 2000, Rebelo’s photographic interests lie in the beauty of the overlooked and the magic of light. She explores smaller things in life, looking at the delicate shapes of nature’s organic forms and how they are enlarged and enhanced through macro photography and the use of specialized lenses.

Cora Jacobs is both a nature and street photographer.  She has been teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2012.  She is a member of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society.  She also teaches magazine production at Columbia College Chicago.

Course details

Notes: No art experience necessary. All supplies included. Limit 12

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Handmade Bookbinding Workshop