Jacob's Ladder Book
Guest instructor - Althea Hall

The Jacob's Ladder folk toy dates back at least to the 18th century and
is even rumored to have been found in King Tut's tomb. It is a kinetic
illusion in which the blocks appear to change position but actually do not.

The Jacob's Ladder book is an adaptation of the toy's structure using book
board, ribbon and decorative paper. The finished structure can serve to hold
small pages of text/pictures or simply to amuse by its movement. The class
includes making a Jacob's Ladder book and a simple box to hold it. Please
bring a $20 material fee with you to class.

Saturday, April 28th, 10:00-1:00
Registration closed.
A 2nd session is scheduled
for the Fall.

Althea Hall has been interested in book arts for many years beginning when she
started her career as a classroom teacher in New York City. She made books and
paper with her students to encourage them to develop literacy skills and share her
love of books. Some years ago she was introduced to artist books in a class taught
by Esther Smith at the Cooper Union. Althea continued her study of bookbinding
with Susan Mills and has been exploring and developing bookbinding and artist
books ever since. She is retired from full-time university teaching and now
resides in Salisbury, Maryland where she continues to pursue her interests in
artist books.

In conjunction with the hands-on classes,
Full Tilt posts bi-weekly audio podcasts
at Bookbinding Now.

Winter Classes 2018

Full Cloth Portfolio

This cloth-covered portfolio is sized for 8.5 x 11 prints. It is lined with archival paper, closes with a ribbon and has an interior cloth pocket to hold the contents in place. It could potentially be made any size. The class will focus on measuring and cutting all the parts by hand. Bring a $15 material fee with you to class.

Sunday, January 21st, 10:00 - 1:00
registration for this class is closed


Cased-in Coptic Books

The Coptic link stitch binding is a historical binding that looks surprisingly modern. It is named for the chains of sewing stitches linking across the spine. The books are quick to sew, flat when open, constructed without glue and are very sturdy. Today, the best known Coptic books leave the sewing and the spine uncovered, as in the photo below.

A historical alternative is to case-in the books, as in the top photo, resulting in books that look like conventional hardcovers but are still quick to sew, and open flat. The class models include a paper case book and a cloth case book. Options include pleated endpapers, sewing through the spine cover and cutting strategic windows to see the stitches. Bring a $20 material fee with you to class.

Saturday, January 20th, 10:00 - 4:00
registration for this class is closed

Susan Mills has work included in
Book Art
Oct 7 - Dec 31
WAAM in Woodstock NY
curated by poet John Yau
including this drawing by longtime Woodstock resident Phillip Guston

Philip Guston (1913-1980), Book, 1968, charcoal on paper

In conjunction with the hands-on classes,
Full Tilt posts bi-weekly audio podcasts
at Bookbinding Now.