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Simple Stitching: Easy Sewing Techniques to Make Beautiful Books | An introduction to bookmaking

Join Max Yela, Head of Special Collections at UW-Milwaukee Libraries, for an introductory foray into the world of book arts. He’ll share insights on collecting rare materials, give a brief commentary on Experiencing Cuba, and teach the basics of binding. In the workshop you will learn a single-pamphlet stitch, a double-pamphlet stitch (with cover), and multiple-signature stitching. If time permits, you will also learn some simple folding techniques to make quick books from a single piece of paper.

No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided.

Saturday, November 8, 1-4 p.m.

Please email or (414) 491-9088 to register for this workshop.

Registration Fee | $36 member, $40 non-member

Max Yela has been Head of the Special Collections Department at the UWM Libraries since 1994. Prior to this, he was the public services librarian for Special Collections at the University of Delaware, 1985-1994. His main research interests are in media theory and the effects of media on human cognition. His research includes art mediation, narrative structures, and especially the book as an art medium. As an Adjunct Associate Lecturer for the UWM Department of Art & Design he teaches “Book Arts Concepts,” “Book Arts Survey,” “Independent Reading and Research,” and lectures on book-arts concepts and theory throughout the curriculum. In addition, he also curates several exhibitions a year and serves as the official library liaison to Art & Design. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the UWM School of Information Studies where he teaches “History of Books and Printing.”

Yela is the author of numerous exhibition catalogs, including Contemporary Artists’ Prints in Books (1994), The Shape and Color of Research (2002), 5th International Book & Paper Arts Triennial (2008), Caren Heft: The Arcadian Press, Giving Voice (2010), and Position/Opposition: The Book as Relationship (2011). He is also the author of the artist’s book La Bendición, designed and printed by Caren Heft at the Arcadian Press in 2009.

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