Book Arts 101: Midsummer Night's Dream

Instructor John Cutrone
Saturday afternoon June 22, 2019
1 to 4:30 PM at JCBA Book Arts Gallery, Printshop and Bindery

Tuition schedule: Self-determined
Class limit: 18 (you must register ahead of time!)

Our popular Book Arts 101 session for Midsummer takes place just on the cusp of the old celebration of St. John’s Eve, a summer holiday based on the timing of the summer solstice and the longest days of the year. It’s a time traditionally thought of as more magical than ordinary time, and there will be plenty of magic in the air as we transform you into a book artist in this introductory immersion in the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. We’ll begin with a screening of a 7-minute video in which you'll meet JCBA founder Arthur Jaffe. We’ll follow this with a thorough sampling of the amazing collection of artists' books that is at the core of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts––books that will entertain you, inspire you, educate you, and astound you. And in celebration of Old Midsummer, we'll be sure to bring a few appropriately warm and summery (and perhaps otherworldly) books into the mix. Expect a little summertime story or two, as well, from the instructor's cache of Convivio Dispatches from Lake Worth.

After a leisurely break for coffee and tea and midsummer treats, we’ll move on to the JCBA Letterpress Studio, where each participant will print a sheet of paper from type set by hand from JCBA's collection of historic wood type. These sheets will be the covers for the books we’ll make, a brief history of the book arts that we’ll bind by hand in the Single Signature Pamphlet stitch, a simple bookbinding technique that you can use again and again in your own book projects. You’ll go home with a book you made yourself––one that you can read as sleep calls later that night, as you reflect on the new outlook on books (and maybe even life) that you’ve found earlier in the day at JCBA. “For there is great joy in knowing how to do things.” 

Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone at jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.


For Book Arts 101 workshops, your tuition is Self Determined. This means you decide what your tuition is. If you decide your tuition should be $1, then so be it. In determining your tuition, though, we ask you to consider your means, to consider what a typical what a typical creative workshop might cost, and to consider what this particular experience means to you. Then decide what your tuition should be. There will be a donation box at the gallery doors into which you may place your tuition; it’s all by the honor system, and we make no judgements. If you don’t have cash, you can deposit a check into the box; checks should be made out to FAU FOUNDATION, referenced “JCBA Education Fund” on the memo line. You can also pay your tuition with a credit card at the front desk; just ask any of our staff to assist you with that.

Instructor John Cutrone is Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. He is a graduate of the MFA in the Book Arts Program a the University of Alabama. Aside from his work at JCBA, he is also a writer and a partner in Lake Worth's Convivio Bookworks, a book arts studio specializing in limited edition letterpress printed books and broadsides (www.conviviobookworks.com). He is the author of the Convivio Book of Days blog, which explores the quirkier side of seasonal traditions, encouraging us to live the ceremony of each day (www.conviviobookworks.com/blog).

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00pm to 4:30pm

S. E. Wimberly Library, Jaffe Center for Book Arts Room 350
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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