From Feb 27 - April 3 I'm teaching a class at RBPMW on how to bind a book the same convoluted, yet DURABLE way I bind my own sketchbooks. There's limited room, and a 10% off sale going on for a little while, so if your interested sign up soon. Download PDF flyer here.
Here's the whole class description:
Scott Teplin has been a working artist in New York City since he moved there after receiving his BS in Fine art (specifically printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. At that time he was actually hired as a shop monitor by Bob Blackburn for the RBPMW when they were located in Chelsea. In addition to showing in the U.S. and abroad, Teplin has been represented by the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York for the last 12 years. His work appears in a number of prominent permanent collections including The New Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (NY), The Museum of Modern Art (SF), Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University, The Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, Penn Jillett and recently completed a large commission for the new Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital in Baltimore. Teplin received his MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington - Seattle in 1998. He is a regular art contributor to innumerable McSweeney's publications and in 2014 will have his first children's book made into a major motion picture.
Book artist Scott Teplin will teach a six-session course on how to bind an extremely durable, archival book that lies flat for scanning or copying. Teplin's method combines case binding and tape-stitch binding which he has perfected over the last 15 years. Teplin developed this particular method of binding from trial and error - with the goal of making something extremely functional for the specific purpose of working in the book for months (or years) after it was bound with any variety of media. While Teplin was trained formally as a fine artist and printmaker - he learned bookbinding on his own from other bookbinding artist friends. This group of artists, which is now the internationally reknown Booklyn Artist Alliance were actually less interested in making books. They were always annoyed with the overly delicate reputation of "book arts" and instead set out to make "ART" first, which also happened to cross into the book-art world.This class represents Teplin's version of his ideal book - which he binds for use as his own sketchbooks as well as one-of-a-kind artist books.Teplin will step students through binding their own books from start to finish so that everyone on the class walks away with their own blank book. He will display 20 examples of perviously bound books which the class is welcome to look through.