Chapbooks: The Pamphlet Stitch & The Art of Self Publishing
Taught by Woody Leslie
Woody Leslie is an artist, bookmaker, cartoonist, and musician originally from Vermont, but now living in Brooklyn. He is the founder One Page Productions, an artist book printing press specializing in tiny books made from one sheet of paper (more at onepageproductions.com). Not only has he printed a wide range of titles through 1Pp, he has also self-published a multitude of handbound artist books, writings, comic books, and more.
The focus of this class will be on the building blocks of bookbinding.
Students will learn basic book terminology, tearing sheets to size, folding & piercing folios, and the pamphlet stitch--a simple but elegant way to bind single-section books, with a lot of room for elaboration and variation.
Additionally, we will discuss issues of self-publishing and production, such as imposition, manufacture, and distribution, and the vast potential for content in the relatively simple books we make. Students will come away from the class with a few blank books they've made, as well as the knowledge to make more on their own at home. Publishing your own comic books, poetry, manifestos, zines, or novellas is just around the corner!