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The Austin Book Arts Center (ABAC) is excited to announce that registration has begun for the new fall schedule, with over forty bookbinding and printing workshops for children and adults. Visitors can drop in to enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Volunteers are onsite to lead demonstrations in bookbinding and letterpress printing. No batteries required.


Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Austin Book Arts Center
5501 N. Lamar, Suite C125, Austin
Open to the public, free admission



Kyle Durrie of Power & Light Press, Silver City, New Mexico

Saturday, September 7 from 2 to 6 p.m.


The indomitable Ms. Durrie is once again hitting the open road in her “Moveable Type” truck for a tour of the southern states. She will be setting up shop at the Austin Book Arts Center during the Fall Open House to engage visitors with letterpress demos and a stunning array of letterpress printed merchandise.


This is the second tour of the “Moveable Type” truck. Back in 2011-2013, Durrie traveled around the country in this same truck, with the mission of sharing the craft of letterpress printing. She is visiting small towns and big cities to spread the good word about printing the old-fashioned way, by hosting public pop-ups, letterpress demos, and letter-writing events along the way.


Upcoming classes include:



Students will learn the fundamentals of bookbinding by making three structures: one non-adhesive binding (the historical long stitch binding), a flat back case binding, and box to house one of these structures. Discussions about grain direction, paper folding, adhesives and tools will be incorporated during the class.




Join us for a fun day long course on Japanese Bookbinding. Students will make two Japanese bound books using fabric and paper covers.





In this two-day class, students will be guided through evaluating damage to books and manuscripts, decisions on repairs needed and who best to perform them, as well as tips on handling, storage, and environmental concerns. Students will learn a few basic repair techniques such as paper mending, spine repairs and rejoining texts to their covers if separated.




Are you a traveler who wants to capture unforgettable moments on paper? Or perhaps you keep a diary or enjoy sketching? Bind your very own high-quality, adventure-ready daily journal, with a personal touch. The book you create in this workshop will be wrapped in soft leather and hand-stitched, ensuring you go home with a beautiful personalized journal that will last forever.




Join us for a happy hour of creating simple bindings you can teach your students this coming year. We will start the evening with wine and snacks, admiring lovely book projects made by kids. You will go home with four examples of book-binding projects, made by you, and ready to show-and-tell your classroom, inspiring them to create their own masterpieces!



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ABOUT AUSTIN BOOK ARTS CENTER: The mission of the Austin Book Arts Center is to engage people of all ages in creative, interpretive, and educational experiences related to the arts of the book. ABAC regularly offers workshops in letterpress printing, bookbinding, paper making, and various arts of the book. In addition, ABAC provides access to the traditional tools and equipment used in book production through its Open Studio program. Since its founding in 2015, ABAC has offered over 300 workshops and participated in numerous outreach events throughout the region, spreading the good news of the book arts to thousands.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.