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Book Arts Basics & Tricks of the Trade

(What every book artist already knows or needs to know)

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A Book Arts Basic Class
by Al Rodríguez
736 Sutter Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 368-1001
Cost: $40 members/$50 nonmembers
No Materials Fee
Class limit: 6
For more information contact Janis Reeser.

NOTE: This class is full. A waitlist is available.

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To bring: One pad of paper (8.5” x 11”, 9” x 12” or 11” x 17”); your favorite cutting tool, bone folder, pen or pencil.

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn the basics of using the materials and tools common to all book making, including time-saving tips and ways to work smarter, not harder. Even if you’re a grizzled veteran of book arts, I guarantee you’ll learn at least one new thing! Paper - weight (g/m2??), grain direction, folding, slitting, cutting, creasing, scoring, terminology. Cutting Tools – An overview of available cutting tools and the proper way to use them, from knives to a tabletop paper cutter. You’ll make and keep a sharpening tool that will keep your cutting tools razor sharp. Measuring without a rule. Benchhook basics – cutting, scoring, creasing, repetition, drawing. Sewing – thread, needles, wax. We’ll make a simple sewn book. Archival – what’s it mean? Surprise (you gotta come to see what it is). All materials furnished.

San Diego native, Al Rodríguez, is a retired schoolteacher who taught graphic arts and photography in the San Diego City Schools for 38 years. His life-long interest in paper and printing lead naturally into book arts, an art form that he taught to his students during the final five years of his teaching career. He has served in many capacities with SDBA since his retirement and his work has appeared in many of that organization’s exhibitions. His work is in several private collections including the collections of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, and the University of Washington.

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