Instructor Leslie Marsh
with Merike Van Zanten

Saturday & Sunday, February 1 & 2, 2020
10 AM to 4 PM
JCBA's Book & Paper Studio at Historic Building T6
Class limit: 12

Inspired by the lavish and intricate manuscripts of the medieval period, instructor Leslie Marsh has developed her own distinct style of metalwork tomes. Here, she pairs her love of ancient treasure bindings with a passion for the natural world. In the process, you will create your own precious 3” x 4” metalwork book, filled with leaf prints you’ll make from gathered materials, with a few blank pages thrown in for your own manuscript. You’ll learn to solder a set of book covers using a small torch and create botanically-printed signature wrappers using inks and brayers. The binding you’ll learn is a 2-needle Coptic Binding. You’ll also stitch a small wool felt bag to house your book. All materials will be provided, as will shared tools.

Tuition Schedule

General Public: $295
FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions: $275
FAU Students: $255


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


One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($85) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through January 15, 2020.


From her studio in Topsail Beach, North Carolina, Instructor Leslie Marsh solders and binds together books that become the archive for thoughts, memories, and photographs. She teaches book arts and fiber arts workshops across the country.

Co-Instructor Merike Van Zanten, JCBA’s 2018/19 Salzberg Artist in Residence, specializes in ecoprinting, a technique of extracting color and images from plants and metals through steam. Merike’s art is wide-ranging but focuses on hand papermaking and artists’ books, as well––many incorporating found materials. She revisits JCBA this year from her home in the Netherlands.