Give us four hours and we'll make a book artist out of you!


BOOK ARTS 101: Summertime
Instructor John Cutrone


Sunday July 30, 2017
1 to 5 PM
Jaffe Center for Book Arts / Library

Class limit: 18 (you must register ahead of time!)
Tuition Schedule: Self-determined
(Tuition is by open donation to JCBA's Education Fund––you choose what you’d like to give.)

Summertime and the living is easy... and it's also a very good time to spend a hot summer's afternoon in the cool air conditioned comfort of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts with an entertaining introductory book arts immersion.

We’ll begin with a screening of 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, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a leisurely break for coffee and tea and 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.” All levels.

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 social and seasonal customs (

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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