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Upside Down, Back to Back, and Side to Side: Double Book Structures


  • Moorhead Studio 2611 Grandview Street San Diego, CA 92110 United States (map)

2-Day Workshop by Fran Kovac
Level: All (some bookbinding preferred)

Member-Early Enrollment: $184
Member Fee: $230
Non-Member Fee: $305
Materials Fee: $23

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Explore double book structures and forms, where two books can be bound together in a variety of ways, and with a variety of techniques. The tête- bêche, or “head to toe” binding, incorporates two texts that share a spine with no back cover but two front covers, instead. The dos-à-dos binding (“back to back”) and the French door binding (“side by side”) both share the back cover board, but in very different ways. These structures provide many options for the binder and book artist, and allow two texts to relate to each other in a variety of ways. In this two day class, we will complete three books: an accordion style tête-bêche binding, the dos-à-dos binding sewn with a link stitch, and the French door structure sewn on tapes. Along the way, we will discuss how each structure can be used to enhance or contrast texts, and how the structure of the book can change the way the texts relate to each other. Prior binding experience is helpful, but not necessary for this class.

Fran Kovac is a bookbinder in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. She has led workshops at Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory in Cleveland since 2009. Fran has studied bookbinding with Pamela Spitzmueller, Hedi Kyle, Jim Croft, Julia Miller, Daniel Essig, and Shanna Leino, among many others. Working primarily in wood and metal, Fran often adapts historic binding structures to contemporary applications.