Book ARTS 101: Vernal
Instructor John Cutrone
Saturday Afternoon, April 28, 2018
1 to 4:30 PM

Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU’s Wimberly Library
Book Arts Gallery, Letterpress Studio 351H, & Bindery 350C

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.)

Become a book artist for a day through this three and a half hour immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We’ll begin with a screening of a 7-minute video that will introduce you to Arthur Jaffe and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts 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. And since spring is in the air, we'll be sure to bring a few appropriately vernal books into the mix. Expect a little springtide story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth: perhaps the tale of the fearful ushers at St. Bernard's and the April Fool's Day paper cup tower at Minnie's Diner.

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. He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days blog, which explores the quirkier side of seasonal traditions, encouraging us to live the ceremony of each day.


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