Book ARTS 101: Still Summer
Instructor John Cutrone

Jaffe Center for Book Arts
at FAU’s Wimberly Library
Saturday August 31, 2019
1 to 4:30 PM

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

Here comes September! While this brings chilly nights and thoughts of apples and drifting leaves to our friends in northern climes, it is for us that time of year when we here in Florida begin to get a little punch drunk on summer's lingering qualities. The heat and humidity have been with us for so long, it's hard to imagine life without them. Each day is still very much the same as the one that came before it and the next day will probably be just like today: About 90 degrees, sunny, with a good chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. What we need is a little change of pace. What we need is a good escape.

JCBA has just the ticket. We can change you into a book artist (and a cool one at that) with this three and half hour introductory immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We’ll begin with a screening of a 7-minute video in which you’ll meet JCBA founder Arthur Jaffe. We’ll 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. We'll honor summer by finding some particularly summery books from the collection... and maybe even encourage summer to pack its bags by conjuring some books that bring to mind cooler, more varied days. Expect a summertime story or two, as well (perhaps an autumnal one if the mood strikes), from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a leisurely break for coffee, tea, and cookies, 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.”

Registration

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

SELF DETERMINED TUITION CONCEPT

For Book Arts 101 workshops, your tuition is Self Determined. This means you decide what your tuition is. If you decide your tuition should be $1, then so be it. In determining your tuition, though, we ask you to consider your means, to consider what a typical what a typical creative workshop might cost, and to consider what this particular experience means to you. Then decide what your tuition should be. There will be a donation box at the gallery doors into which you may place your tuition; it’s all by the honor system, and we make no judgements. If you don’t have cash, you can deposit a check into the box; checks should be made out to FAU FOUNDATION, referenced “JCBA Education Fund” on the memo line. You can also pay your tuition with a credit card at the front desk; just ask any of our staff to assist you with that.

Instructor

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 (www.conviviobookworks.com). He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days, a literary lifestyle blog encouraging us to live the ceremony of each day (www.conviviobookworks.com/blog).