Make way for Book Arts’ Spring Bacchanalia on March 15, 2024. Come in Costume! –Dress up as a notable person or fictional character from Greek or Roman classical literature, mythology, history, philosophy, or the arts. – Togas, tunics, laurel crowns—whatever “suits” your character. We’ll chat, laugh, drink, nosh, and Guess Who’s Who.
We’re excited by the new possibilities for our 2024 Annual Members’ Project. Over the past couple of years, we’ve started the development process off by having our membership suggest what we might do for our project. So if you have an awesome cool concept you’d like the membership to consider for our next project? We’ll be collecting pitches from now through the first week in March.
Join us for a special screening of Pride and Prejudice based on Jane Austen’s quintessential romance novel. We’ll be there to share info about some of the romance authors we’re featuring at the Festival of the Book in March.
In conjunction with the 2024 Festival of the Book, our Center for the Book, Book Arts Members, will be on hand at the Omni Hotel for the “Festival Friday” Celebration. We will be offering public demonstrations in the arts & crafts of bookmaking
Using book board, decorative paper, and book cloth, participants will learn basic box construction and make a 5 x 7 hinged lid box. This durable and sturdy construction both sits on its base and stands upright on a bookshelf; it is perfect for housing mementos, jewelry, ephemera, and more. Participants will explore options for decorating the box and learn how to calculate measurements to make custom-size boxes.
In this two-day class, we will create a soft fabric book filled with meaning and intention, inspired by our own collection of fabric pieces. We’ll create the folios from simple layered and stitched fabric collages. In the process, we will explore different hand-sewing and embroidery techniques, and we will discuss different ways to stabilize the pages and the book cover for added structure and rigidity. We will also learn different ways to edge the fabric pages and how to create a variety of closures.
Learn this unique printing technique during our three day hands-on workshop. Pressure printing and collagraph lie somewhere between painting, collage, drawing, and printmaking. When they are combined with the versatility of a Vandercook cylinder press they become simple, direct, loose, and inexpensive processes to explore the full potential of letterpress printing.
Learn the secrets of printing from the Floating World. 木版画, Moku hanga is the Japanese practice of woodblock printing that was adopted and mastered during the Edo period. Students will be immersed in the world of this amazing process while carving and printing their own practice image of a Taiyaki or baked sea bream cake.
VA Book Fest at the Movies Join us for a special screening of American Fiction based on 2024 Virginia Festival of the Book headliner Percival Everett’s 2001 novel Erasure.
Explore the creation of zines from concept through layout and imposition to digital production. We’ll start our zine exploration with a look at the Center’s publication “Where I’m From” as a basis for a single-sheet zine fold. Moving on, we’ll look at more complex forms of zine design and their production.
All the tools and materials are setup for you to marble away. Perfect your marbling skills during our four-hour session – Open to those with previous marbling experience. This standalone session follows our previous day’s instructed workshop. This class is open to those with previous marbling experience.
This instructed one-day standalone marbling workshop will guide participants through the process of marbling successively more intricate patterns, as well as time to experiment with your own unique designs. By the end of this class, those who wish to pursue their skills will have the experience and knowledge to do so.