Book Arts Lab Introductory Courses for Faculty & Staff

We welcome Carleton Faculty and Staff to experience the Book Arts in our new library facility. In this new experiential learning space, we use “old school” book technology combined with “state of the art” pedagogy to help students see books from a new perspective. Faculty and staff are invited to explore how this unique kind of experiential learning could enhance courses and engage students, many of whom revel in “hands on” exercises while exploring the past, present and future of the book.

The sessions are FREE of charge. Materials are included & space is limited to 15 people per session. Register for your session by emailing: larry.thompson@carleton.ca.

Tuesday, Feb 18 - 1 to 4 pm
BINDING A MEDIEVAL BOOK

“A Coptic Binding”

Create your own hand-bound soft cover notebook using Japanese or decorated papers for covers.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 9:30 to 11:30 am
INTRO TO HAND TYPESETTING

“Famous Last Words”

Learn the basics of hand-setting lead type while composing the last utterances of great writers, scientists, philosophers and poets. Quotes will be combined and printed together in a broadside by the instructor and students.

Wednesday, Feb 19 - 12:30 to 4 pm
INTRO TO HAND PRINTING ON PRESSES

“Printing Dangerous Words”

Learn to set and print type for a broadside or flyleaf that spells out a seditious, profane or forbidden tract or paragraph, the kind that can get a Renaissance printer into deep trouble… literally!

Friday, Feb 21 - 10 to 11:30 am
BLOCK CARVING & PRINTING IN LINOCUT

“Kissing the Chains That Bind You”

Explore the earliest form of printing by carving a medieval initial using a relatively modern material, learn to think backwards and in reverse, and experience the “thrill of the proof ” while printing the block.

Friday, Feb 21 - 12:30 to 4 pm
INTRO TO WOOD ENGRAVING

“Making Graven Images”

Fall into fine detail by carving a medieval initial in end-grain wood or polymer using cutters originally designed for etching in steel and copper.