BOOK ARTS 101: Bringing in the May
Instructor John Cutrone


Sunday afternoon April 30, 2017
1 to 5 PM at JCBA Book Arts Gallery, Printshop and Bindery

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined
Class limit: 18 (you must register ahead of time!)

Summer comes early in Florida and also in the traditional reckoning of time: April 30 brings May Eve to lead us into May Day and the traditional start of summer on May the First. In Spain and Portugal, it is the festival of the dead, while in Germany, it is Walpurgisnacht. Elsewhere in Europe, bonfires welcome May this very night. 
In this four hour Book Arts 101 introductory immersion into the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, we'll welcome summer and these obscure holidays through stories and lots of great artists' books, while also transforming you into a book artist for a day. We’ll begin with a screening of a 7 minute video in which you'll meet JCBA founder Arthur Jaffe, and then follow this with a thorough sampling of the amazing collection of artists' books that is at the core of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts––books that will entertain you, inspire you, educate you, and astound you. And to help bring in the May, we'll be sure to bring a few appropriately warm and summery books into the mix. Expect a little summertime story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a leisurely break for coffee and tea and Walpurgisnacht treats, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand from JCBA's collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier in the day at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” 

Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at Sending your email will begin the registration process.

John Cutrone is director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also a writer and a partner in Lake Worth's Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides ( His blog, the Convivio Book of Days, focuses on the ceremony of each day through the exploration of the quirkier side of seasonal traditions (

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