Two Quick Notebooks
Instructor Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday May 14, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)

The first of our quick notebooks is the German Stiffened Paper Binding, which features a rigid cover. Thick card or thin boards are glued directly to the outer leaves. The book is covered in a single piece of paper that is fully adhered to the spine and boards. Our model will be double-fan adhesive bound, a quick, sturdy, and useful method for binding single sheets. Our second quick notebook is the Double Pamphlet with Tipped Wrapper –– a satisfying solution for a two-signature text block. The signatures are sewn back-to-back with a single pamphlet stitch. A simple wrapper of text-weight paper is tipped to the text block at the spine and at the fore edges. Your two finished books plus detailed instructions will be a valuable reference for future work.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone ( John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


This workshop has a set tuition fee of $100.


Tablet or computer with Internet connection, access to a printer or copy shop, plus the supplies and materials listed here in this PDF document.


Karen Hanmer's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer's work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland, and of course the Jaffe Collection. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.