BOOK ARTS 101: Midsummer Night's Dream
Instructor John Cutrone


Saturday afternoon June 24, 2017
1:00 to 5:00 PM
JCBA Book Arts Gallery, Printshop and Bindery

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

This Book Arts 101 takes place on St. John's Day: June 24. It is old Midsummer Day, with Midsummer Night falling the evening before. These are old celebrations based on the timing of the summer solstice and the longest days of the year, a time traditionally thought of as more magical than ordinary time, and there will be plenty of magic in the air as we transform you into a book artist in this four 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. And in celebration of Old Midsummer, we'll be sure to bring a few appropriately warm and summery (and perhaps otherworldly) 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 midsummer 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.”

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 (

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

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