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Bookbinding Class

I LOVED my bookbinding class at SF Center for the Book this weekend. We made these two simple books {they are kind of boring, but we had no choice-we were just learning technique.}

The most exciting part of the weekend for me was to find out that Mills College in the East Bay is offering an MFA in Creative Writing and Book Arts. It is the first one of it’s kind in the country. In college {I studied English Literature} I always thought I would go to graduate school but my interests changed after I got out and I couldn’t imagine one thing I would be passionate about studying for another few years…until now. I’m going to look into this program more!

  1. amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay

    October 7, 2008

    I also want to get an MFA in CW. I think that sounds like an amazing combo to study- go for it! Did ya get my message about yr club?? xo

  2. Claire,

    October 7, 2008

    I love Sf center for the book! Currently letter pressing but I’ve done the bookbinding. It’s so rewarding isn’t it. They make great gifts!

  3. PutzFrau

    October 7, 2008

    Ohhhh…..I am so excited that I stumbled upon this! I want to take a book binding class so bad and I live in the bay area. I’ve been thinking about going to paper source but this seems better.

    Thank you!

  4. Melissa5

    October 7, 2008

    Simple but beautiful!

  5. katelynjane

    October 7, 2008

    I’ve been wanting to take a book binding course but no one in our small town offers any. Apparently there isn’t enough demand.

    I’m going to ask for a book on book binding for my birthday instead (:

  6. wendy

    October 7, 2008

    that program sounds yummy, J! go for it. it seems like the perfect combo for grad school for you. it will be interesting to hear what you learn about it…

  7. Chris

    October 7, 2008

    It sounds really cool. I always admire people who want to continue their education and keep learning and growing creatively, like you. Good luck :)

  8. Miss Snow

    October 7, 2008

    Nice. I love book binding. When I studied art in undergrad my specialization was book arts. The beautiful thing about books are the total aesthetic quality of their form. They could be bound traditionally or they could be loose bits of something bound by a single concept or idea.

  9. Edith

    October 8, 2008

    Hi Jordan, I just went back to school after a long year of deliberating and I feel great…I would love for you to write about it if you decide to go. I’m very interested in hearing more.

  10. Katie @ makingthishome.com

    October 8, 2008

    That MFA sounds so cool! I’m currently in Germany for my husband’s masters studies (and just started blogging about it!).

    I’ve always tossed around the idea of studying writing more. I majored in English, too… which sounds crazy here to Europeans since I don’t know any other languages. Thanks for the link. I love it.

  11. teri

    October 8, 2008

    I have always wanted to try book binding. Great job. They are beautiful.

  12. paula

    October 8, 2008

    I love these. you did great. not boring, just classic;)

  13. MonkeyMama

    October 16, 2008

    Beautiful books. I highly recommend Mills – I went there for undergrad and was so inspired by the intellect and artistry. A long history of letter press and the value of book making abounds. Best of luck!

  14. flossie

    October 21, 2008

    Kathy Walkup is the head of the book arts department at Mills and she is awesome. It’s going to be a great program. I just got my MFA in studio arts from there and took a couple of book arts classes. Good luck!!

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