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: On a Winter's Night
Instructor John Cutrone


Wednesday Evening, December 9, 2015
5:30 to 9 PM

Tuition Schedule: Self-determined
(Tuition is by open donation to the JCBA Education Fund–you choose what you'd like to give.)

As we approach the winter solstice and the darkest nights of the year, it's a very good time, we think, to spend some time in the company of good books. And why not artists' books? We'll open your eyes (December 13 is Santa Lucia's Day, patron saint of sight, after all) to new ways of seeing books (and by extension other things), beginning 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, while we focus on some of the more wintery volumes in our collection. Expect a couple of locally-grown holiday stories, 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 types. 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. (

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