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Travel Journals : Sketching & Hand-Made Books

This workshop combines basic non-adhesive bookbinding techniques — leading up to making a simple four-signature journal with a folded paper cover — with taking our new sketch journals into the field to make sketches of the local built and natural environments in a journal format.

Handmade journal with non-adhesive folded coverMagnolias triptych by Alice McMahon  Handmade book cover with spine sewing

This five-day workshop with Peter Fraterdeus and Alice McMahon will be offered in a number of different cities, depending on demand. Currently we're prepared to go to Venice, Barcelona, Berlin, and Dublin. 

This workshop combines basic non-adhesive bookbinding techniques — leading up to making a practical four-signature journal with a folded paper cover — with taking our new sketch journals into the field to make sketches of the local built and natural environments in a journal format. 
Non-adhesive books are made without glue, and require no special equipment. Covers are made with folded and tabbed heavy paper, using principles discovered in 13th Century "limp vellum" bindings. Peter will show examples from his collection of antiquarian, contemporary and handmade books. 
No bookbinding experience required. Some familiarity with paper folding and drawing tools preferred, but not required. Drawing experience helpful but not required.
Travel Sketching Journals have a long history, well before the days of picture postcards or digital cameras. Today, they provide a record of a journey, and an opportunity to heighten our skills of observation. Travel sketches are both mnemonic and illustrative, whether quick or studied, they need not be more than a few lines and smudges, or may be as closely observed as a fine drawing. (Traveling not required, of course, the journal can be used for any kind of drawing or writing!)


PETER FRATERDEUS has taught letterpress printing, calligraphy, book structures and digital typography in a number of venues, both in the US and Europe, including The Hamilton Woodtype & Printing Museum,  School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Art. He is the owner/proprietor of Slow Print in Dubuque, an award-winning 'high-touch' 21st Century letterpress printing studio. In the 1981, he received a National Endowment for the Arts apprenticeship grant to study calligraphy and letter carving with Ieuan Rees in Wales, and in 1986, received an NEA Design Projects grant for his first digital typeface, "Prospera". Peter is a self-professed paper junkie. http://slowprint.com


ALICE MCMAHON is an internationally exhibited figurative artist, specializing in pastel portraits and charcoal magic realist drawings in large formats. Her work has been shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London and featured in American Artist magazine. http://alicemcmahon.com

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