Book Arts Workshop

We offer the unique opportunity to work with historical equipment through traditional and contemporary methods. Not only can you explore the arts and history of bookbinding, printing and typography, but also express your ideas and research in tangible form.

What can you do?

What will you learn?

  • Letterpress printing with metal/wood type, as well as polymer relief plates
  • Bookbinding, origami and papermaking
  • Imagemaking and printing methods both digital and analog
  • Creating posters, cards, coasters and more
  • Making hand-bound journals, hand-made books of writing or artwork, pop-up books, boxes and almost anything involving paper
  • Printing images from low relief objects such as a wood or linoleum blocks, leaves, feathers, plastic plates, electronics boards and more. (We’re willing to experiment!)
  • Prototyping products using paper and cardboard

Who can join us? 
We welcome all levels of printing and bookbinding experience, including:

  • Students looking for help creating projects for classes
  • Students looking to create tangible products outside of their classes
  • Faculty looking to collaborate on a hands-on experience or project with their students
  • Non-students (faculty, staff and community)—with the understanding that Dartmouth students receive priority

The Book Arts Workshop is available for your book art needs!

Check out our online resources here: https://researchguides.dartmouth.edu/bookarts

This site will be updated frequently, so keep checking in to see what’s new.

And remember, you can watch this awesome documentary about Jim Rimmer, type designer and his process of designing and making metal type:
https://p22.com/email-email-Stay_Home_Watch_A_Film_FREE1585063723
When you go to Vimeo, click on Rent. Then select PayPal. From there you can click on link that says "enter access code" or something similar.then enter OMEGA22 and you are all set.

And you still can totally geek-out on bookbinding with this:
The Guild of Bookworkers, an organization dedicated to the art and craft of bookbinding has generously offered free viewing of instructional videos from their yearly conferences! Their Vimeo page can be found here: https://bit.ly/2U9ZHEZEnter the code GBW4FREE during checkout to reduce the cost of the rental to $0.00. Rentals are available as streaming content for 7 days. This code will expire on April 17, 2020.

Please email me at sarah.m.smith@dartmouth.edu if you have questions, needs for remote instruction in book arts for your course, or you are looking for ideas for projects.