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Class: Advanced Topics in Book Collecting

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This three hour course will go “beyond the basics” of the world of book collecting. If you have taken the Introduction to Modern Book Collecting or you are already a more advanced collector, this course will cover additional advanced topics concerning collecting. These will include the use of bibliographies and other research tools to investigate […]

Instructor: Kurt Zimmerman

Class: Introduction to Modern Book Collecting

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This three hour course will introduce book lovers, including readers and those who appreciate books as physical objects, to the fascinating and addictive pursuit of what has been called “the best indoor sport.” For those with an interest in starting or expanding a book collection we will discuss the means and methods of book collecting, […]

Instructor: Bill Allison

Class: Hand Papermaking and Printing with Pulp

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Students will learn the basics, from dry fiber to sheet formation, as well as techniques for embellishing bare sheets into works of art using a technique called printing with pulp. Using finely beaten cotton pulp that is screened onto the wet pulled sheet with a hand-cut stencil. When dried, the print is actually part of […]

Instructor: Kathy Gurwell

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Kathy Gurwell

Kathy Gurwell has years experience in the fields of paper and printing, beginning with her graphic arts study in Paris and continuing as a Curator Fellow at Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque, NM and most recently at the Museo della Carta in Fabriano, Italy. She has demonstrated papermaking in San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Houston, where she now lives. Her artistry in this field was recognized a few years ago when Lord & Taylor invited her to display and sell her products at a show of Santa Fe artists in their principal New York City store. More recently she was commissioned to make a 40 x 40 in. piece of paper for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.


Class: Binding a Classic Hard Cover Book

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In this introduction to bookbinding, students will learn the basics of materials (book board, book cloth, adhesives, paper) and techniques (folding paper, cutting, sewing, and applying adhesives). By the end of the class, students will have completed 1 or 2 flat-back, case-style bindings, covered in cloth and decorated paper. Cost:  $140 (for both days and […]

Instructor: Tony Vela

Class: Letterpress Business Cards

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Learn the basics of setting type by hand and letterpress printing using the table-top platen press, still widely available on the market. Learn the california job case, set type, use a pica ruler and composing stick, mix ink, ink the press and print. Each student will set and print his or her own business card. […]

Instructor: Amanda Stevenson

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Amanda Stevenson

Amanda Stevenson is the director of the newly formed Austin Book Arts Center. She cut her teeth in the book arts at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, where she was the Registrar/Administrator from 2004-2007. Availing herself with many classes in bookbinding and letterpress, she learned from some of the best. Before coming to ABAC, she worked for seven years at The Printing Museum in Houston, primarily as the Curator, where she was responsible for organizing exhibitions, collections management, and education programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a concentration in special collections management, and a BA in Art History from UT Austin. She has been teaching Letterpress Business Cards since 2008

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