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Anthony Warhol pop-up book laid open to a page with photo and negative of a woman. In the center fold, a folded Hunts tomato paste can pops up.

Special Collections hosts a variety of workshops and events exploring book arts and the history of the book for the Middlebury community.

Book Arts is the field of art that involves the creation of works that use or refer to structural and conceptual properties of books. Our Book Arts collection contains artists’ books, or works of art in the form of books. Search the library catalog for “book arts” and find pop-up books, flipbooks, and more.

Two women hold feather quills and test writing with them during a workshop.

Workshops

Special Collections hosts a variety of workshops and events exploring book arts and the history of the book for the Middlebury community. We explore elements of book construction and production – parchment, paper, ink, binding, calligraphy, and printing – to introduce students to the history of books and offer hands-on instruction in historic and contemporary bookmaking.

We also offer zine making workshops. A zine [zeen], shorthand for a magazine or fanzine, is a small-batch, self-published work, usually produced by-hand, via a photocopier, with images, texts, or collage. Visit our Zine guide for more information.

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Bookmaking Workshops

Letterpress Workshop at the Bread Loaf Printer’s Cabin

Printer David Sellers demonstrates the newly restored letterpress printer during a workshop at the Bread Loaf Printer’s Cabin in 2017.

Manuscript Illumination Workshop

Surrounded by parchment, pens and vials of walnut ink, students in Eliza Garrison’s 2017 Medieval manuscripts seminar tried their hands at the illumination of a single initial.

Students Learn Ancient Craft of Parchment Making

In a three-hour workshop led by Jesse Meyer at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, a group of students and faculty learned how to make parchment from animal skin.

Contact

Special Collections

Office:
Library 101
Office Hours:
M-F, 1-5pm