2023WKSP-04 Pierced Paper Binding – In Person

  • 25 Mar 2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 26 Mar 2023
  • 4:30 PM
  • Big River Bindery, Toronto
  • 0


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In Person workshop: Pierced Paper Binding with Andrew Huot

This decorated binding is a modern twist on a 16th century pierced vellum binding method. In this workshop we will sew the textblock is on vellum supports and add leather-covered endbands.

Participants will cut and punch patterns on a cover of handmade paper before painted boards are adhered to the inside. The textblock is laced into the cover to complete this binding. Participants will go home with a completed book and handouts for use at home.

Andrew Huot is a book artist, bookbinder, printer, and conservator in Scarborough, ON, where he operates Big River Bindery, a studio for bookmaking, letterpress printing, and book conservation. He holds a Masters in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BS in Printmaking from Portland State University.

His artists’ books use photographs, linoleum cuts, and text to share the humorous side of everyday life around us. His artists’ books are in collections across the country, from the Art Institute of Chicago to Yale University. Andrew teaches online and in his own studio, taught at the University of Illinois School of Information Science and workshops across the US and in Canada at CBBAG, the John C Campbell Folk School, Book Arts LA, the International Preservation Studies Center, and the Guild of Book Workers, among others. His website is https://bigriverbindery.com/


Location: IN PERSON Big River Bindery, 94 Crockford Blvd, Unit 2 Scarborough, ON

Date: Sat-Sun, March 25-26, 2023

Hours: 9 – 4:30 PM with 1.5-hour lunch break

Course fee: $240 member/ non-members

Prerequisite: None, but see notes

Maximum enrollment: 10 Students

Materials: cost included in course fee

Registration closes: Monday, March 20, 2023, 11:59 PM


This workshop does not have a formal prerequisite but will be most appropriate for participants who have some bookbinding experience with sewn text blocks.

If students want to bring their own tools, the following will be needed: bone folder, awl, scalpel, scissors, sewing needles, ruler, pencil, glue stick, and a Japanese screw punch.


Depending on public health status, masks may be required for registrants. Refusal to wear a mask is not grounds for a refund of workshop fees.

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded.

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