centro del bel libro

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Workshops

I am delighted to announce that I will be teaching again at the centro del bel libro ascona, Switzerland from July 11-15, 2016

The centro del bel libro ascona is an internationally recognized school for the advanced education around all aspects of the book. It offers an unparalleled learning experience in an idyllic setting on Lake Maggiore in southern Switzerland. I am delighted and honored to be able to offer my course Contemporary Codex Case Structures as part of their curriculum.


Contemporary Codex Case Structures and New Mechanics of the Book
centro del bel libro ascona
July 11-16 2016

Set aside for a moment your traditional notion of a bound book and start from a different perspective: consider what a codex is, what it should be able to do, and how it should function. How should the STRUCTURE work in order to best integrate with and present your CONTENT? During this workshop we will explore some new approaches to building book structures that have emerged as answers to these questions.

We will build a “Split Spine” case that provides increased flexibility and allows for optimal opening of a book. In doing so, we will also take a look at a variety of ways to create articulation in the spine of a case, experiment with various methods of attaching the text block to the case, and rethink traditional sewing of a text block by incorporating non-traditional materials as structural elements in a binding.

This goal of this workshop is not only to build models of a variety of innovative book structures, but to get you to think about the mechanics of the book in a new way. You should finish the week with many new ideas of how to incorporate and adapt these structures to your own work.