Bookmaking: Personalized Journals & Sketchbooks

Saturday, September 30, 2023



In this workshop, students will learn to make a personalized, multiple-signature book that opens flat and has an exposed spine and hard covers. This traditional binding technique allows students to customize their book’s overall dimensions, cover design, as well as the number and type of papers inside. Students will start with small practice books, then will design and create their own perfect sketchbook or journal. Everyone will leave with 2-3 blank books and a personal bookbinding toolkit for continued exploration!

A range of blank and decorative papers will be available to choose from, and students are also encouraged to bring any special papers they’d like to use.

All materials are provided and all experiences welcomed – must be 15+

About the Instructor:

Elysia Mann makes books, weavings, prints and poems that encourage emotional attachment to natural places. She grew up prairie-barefoot on her family’s Nebraskan homestead where partial vision loss instilled an early reverence for the horizon, stars, and sight itself. Her work combines fragments of landscape and language in ways that challenge binary thinking and the capitalist instinct to separate ourselves from nature and each other.

Before moving to Knoxville in 2014, Elysia owned a collaborative print shop in St. Louis called All Along Press where she published limited edition prints and letterpress books. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She shows her work locally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards including a recent Steven & Ann Bailey Opportunity Grant. She currently works as a studio tech at UTK, and takes commissions for screen printing, weaving, letterpress, book design, and other projects.

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