Preservation and Conservation Services IAP course offerings are open to MIT
community members only.
IAP is MIT’s famed Independent
Activities Period that runs for the month of January. Preservation and Conservation Services has participated by offering many educational bookbinding
workshops over the years.
The 2010 IAP offering is:
Bookbinding in the Japanese Tradition
Participants will create a side-sewn soft-cover book using the techniques of traditional Japanese bookbinding. The workshop will include an overview of the history, materials, and techniques of the Japanese bookmaking tradition, which is markedly different from that used to create Western books. Each participant will complete one blank book covered in beautiful Japanese decorative paper.
Past IAP classes include:
Creative Bookbinding: Flag Book
The flag book is an exciting format that offers budding book artists
myriad possibilities of content and design. It consists of a simple
accordion-folded spine with pages called flags. The flags may be
decorated and arranged in unique ways to create a kinetic experience
for the viewer. During the workshop, participants will make their
own flag book model while exploring the basics of this interesting
book structure. This will also be a special opportunity to work
in the E. Martin and Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory, and
learn about the Libraries’ efforts to preserve MIT’s
unique and varied collections. We will provide all materials, including
a selection of decorative papers. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm!
Creative Pamphlet Making
you ever wanted to learn how to make a simple,
yet beautiful, book by hand? If so, please
join the Preservation and Conservation Services staff at the
Libraries for a morning of creative pamphlet
making. During the workshop, traditional
techniques for folding pages, sewing pages
together, and making a cover for a pamphlet
will be introduced. We will provide a selection
of blank text paper, decorated cover papers,
and colored thread for participants to make
two small pamphlets each.
Floating Color: The Art of Marbling Paper
Marbling is the ancient art of floating colors on thickened water,
swirling patterns, and transferring the design to paper. Today
marbled patterns are found on fabric, inside boxes, and on notepaper.
This workshop will reveal the mysteries of this once secretive
art. Participants will learn about the history of marbling, see
a demonstration, and have an opportunity to try their hand at
Preserving the past for the future:
A behind the scenes tour of the E. Martin
and Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory
the MIT tradition of applied technology,
Preservation and Conservation Services at the MIT Libraries
integrates centuries old bookbinding methods
with the latest conservation science techniques.
Please come and tour the E. Martin and
Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory, meet
the conservation staff, and see exciting
work in progress. We look forward to seeing
July 27, 2010