The essential focus of the collection is on artists' books and the broader topics of the Book Arts: letterpress printing, fine binding, handpapermaking and paper decoration.

BOOK ARTS 101: Hist Whist
Instructor John Cutrone


Choose: Wednesday Evening October 28, 2015
or Thursday Evening October 29, 2015
5:30 to 9 PM

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined (your tuition is a gift to the JCBA Education Fund)

This Book Arts 101 workshop begins in the witching hour with the All Hallow's Eve magic of "Hist Whist" by poet e.e. cummings. We tune into that Halloween spirit by turning our eye toward the spookier items in the Jaffe Collection followed by a visit to our haunted print shop as we work our spell to transmogrify you into a book artist, at least for this one eerie night. Is anything what it seems? Who knows.

We'll begin with a screening of a brief video about JCBA and the amazing collection of artists' books that is at its core. We'll follow this with an in-depth viewing of some of the artists' books in the collection––books that will entertain, inspire, and astound. We'll honor the season and Halloween by finding some particularly spooky and autumnal books from the collection, and you can expect a local ghost story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a necessary break for coffee 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 that evening 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. He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days blog, which explores the quirkier side of seasonal traditions. (

Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone regarding which date you wish to attend:

Wednesday Evening October 28, 2015
Thursday Evening October 29, 2015

Instructor Stephanie Wolff


Saturday & Sunday October 3 & 4, 2015
9 AM to 4 PM each day
JCBA Bindery

$150 general public
$125 FAU faculty & staff and students from other institutions
$100 FAU students 

The accordion book is great for exhibition and easily incorporates other binding techniques to create more complex forms and expand the possibilities for displaying content. Starting with the basic accordion in this two-day workshop, participants will learn multiple methods of construction. We will work through many variations of this versatile form, including some non-rectangular and multiple-layered versions. We'll consider how these various accordion structures might relate to content. Expect to fold, sew, glue, slit, and hinge paper for the texts and create both hard and soft covers. In addition to making our models, we will have time to do some short creative explorations within our books.

Stephanie Wolff is JCBA's current Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence. She has a long history with the book arts, both in the creation of books and their conservation. She worked for nearly ten years in conservation at Preservation Services and the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she developed excellent bench skills. But a skilled fixer of books can also be a skilled maker of books, and aside from her work in conservation, Stephanie has been creating unique bindings and limited edition artists' books for years. History is of great interest to her and her work often taps into history, utilizing archives and historical records as a starting point for her books. The accordion format is one of Stephanie's favorites, one she returns to often in her own artists' books.

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

Instructor Helen Hiebert

Your choice of two sessions:

Wednesday & Thursday November 11 (Veteran's Day) & 12, 2015
or Saturday & Sunday November 14 & 15, 2015
10 AM to 4 PM Each Day
At The New T6 Book & Paper Studio

$190 General public
$180 FAU faculty & staff and students from other institutions
$170 FAU students
PLUS Materials Fee $25

Turn flat sheets of paper into sculptural forms... the possibilities are endless! In this weekend workshop, participants will create a sampling of objects that expand and collapse, open and close, fold and unfold. Come explore the creation of multi-paneled structures that can turn into books, tubes, tunnels, lanterns and more. In this workshop, we’ll explore various ways to weave papers; we’ll turn envelopes into works that convert into wall or window hangings, books or lanterns with an adaptation of the piano hinge binding; and we’ll embed wire between sheets of paper to produce lamps or sculptures.

Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artists' books using handmade paper, thread and light. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lampmaking and exhibits her work internationally. She is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, Paper Illuminated, Playing With Paper, and Playing With Pop-Ups.

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