Instructor Karen Hanmer


Saturday & Sunday May 20 & 21, 2017
9 AM to 5 PM each day
JCBA Bindery, FAU Library

Tuition Schedule:
$300 general public
$280 FAU faculty and staff and students from other institutions
$260 FAU students

The nineteenth century Springback Binding with its enthusiastic opening is ideal for journals, guest books, sketch books, or any application where it is desirable that the book open flat, and then some. The book both opens and closes with a satisfying jolt.
The Springback Binding is also a perfect way to delve more deeply into traditional binding. The book features two-part “split boards,” reinforced “made” endsheets, and a “spring” made of layers of card and paper. With its robust aesthetic, the Springback Binding is a great way to begin working with leather. The paring requires minimal finesse, and the modest leather headcap is easy to form.

Note: This is a fast-paced workshop for students who have some experience with traditional binding. Students should be comfortable sewing on supports and have successfully made books on their own outside a workshop setting.

Karen Hanmer’s artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, technology, and arid wit. Her Chicago studio practice is unusually varied, including small editions of artists’ books, larger editions of inexpensive multiples, bookbinding instructional materials, and one-of-a-kind design bindings. Hanmer’s work is included in collections ranging from The Getty Museum and the Library of Congress to Yale University and Graceland, and of course the Jaffe Collection at Florida Atlantic University Libraries, where she was featured in a three-floor solo exhibition called "Retrotech" in 2010. She is winner of the Jury Prize for Binding in the 2009 Helen Warren DeGolyer American Bookbinding Competition and is one of only nine graduates of the American Academy of Bookbinding’s Fine Binding program. Hanmer is a leader in the book arts community, having served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, and as frequent exhibition curator and juror. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in basic binding skills. This is her second time teaching at JCBA.

Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at 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 ($80) thanks to JCBA Book Arts Enthusiast Cindy Bartosek, who has funded student participation in our workshops with a generous gift to the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. To be considered for this scholarship, 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 May 5, 2017.

Current Workshops

BOOK ARTS 101: Still Summer

Summer 2017

BOOK ARTS 101: Hist Whist

Fall 2017