became interested in the book arts after a 25 year career
as an artist, metalsmith, and production jewelry designer.
While learning about bookbinding and conservation, I found that
there was very little information about book closures or hardware,
and no readily available resource for clasps or bosses; so I did
some research, and began to make my own.
my accumulated skills, I now offer workshops workshops specifically
geared for the book artist, teaching them how to fabricate metal
book clasps, closures and book decorations.
Using readily available tools and materials, participants learn
simplified metal working skills and metal decorating techniques,
and how make hinges and clasps, using only cold connections (no
soldering). During a two day workshop, students will make two different
clasps, one simpler strap style, and another more complex hinged
style. They will also learn how to properly attach both types onto
a book made with wooden cover boards.
Clasps will be attached to a model book made with wooden boards
which students are required to make and bring to the workshop. For
those who may be unfamiliar with making books in wooden boards,
I provide very clear instructions ahead of time for making a very
simply constructed book of this style which is perfectly suitable
for use in my workshop
also demonstrate the use of patinas for coloring metal, and students
will have an opportunity to apply a patina their clasps if they
wish. If there is extra time we may begin another clasp, or I may
demonstrate the construction of bosses or other types of book decorations.
will leave the workshop with some basic, very practical and useful
skills for making metal fasteners and decorations suitable for use
on books or boxes.
I provide almost all tools, equipment, and supplies for students
use. Detailed written instructions and supplier information are
provided in class handouts. Students pay a small materials fee to
cover shipping of tools and the cost of supplies in addition to
the class fee.
are usually two days long, but can be longer. Obviously, the longer
the workshop, the more techniques will be taught and the more work
the student will be able to accomplish. Fasteners and clasps similar
to some of those taught in the classes can be viewed throughout
this web site.View
some photos and clasp examples from various
workshops here or here
taught workshops at the Center
for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago; at the
2004 Paper and Book Intensive (PBI); and at the Oregon Book
Arts Guild Focus
Conference 2005. In 2006 I did a workshop for the New
York Guild of Bookworkers and at the Huntington
Library. In 2007, for theCalifornia Hand Bookbinders, Oakland,
Ca, and at Hollander's in Ann Arbor, MI.And again at the
for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College in Chicago
you are interested in planing a workshop, please contact
me for more
Ginkgo Leaf Books
1759 Rosehill Drive
Chicago, IL 60660