The Farms: Bookbinding for Artists’ Books

Skill Level: Beginner

Learn a variety of binding options for artists’ books that can be produced by hand from retired graphic design professor Peter Bushell at Bookbinding for Artists’ Books from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 16 through Feb. 13 in The Studio.

Artists’ books are works of art that utilize the form of the book. The first class will include a survey of books and binding styles, as well as an introduction to terms of book anatomy and commercial binding.

Subsequent classes will introduce a particular book style and binding technique, followed by time for hands-on production. These one-of-a-kind books will be blank models, but additional discussion is possible for those who have ideas for further development of books with content.

$120/series Register here by Jan. 4. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email

About the instructor

Peter Bushell recently retired from a 29-year career as a graphic design professor from Illinois State University. While there he reveled in teaching students a variety of subjects including typography, image making, mark making and branding, information design, interactive and web design, as well as letterpress printmaking, book arts and book binding.

Bushell’s creative efforts in design, book arts, and letterpress printmaking have garnered awards and recognition from regional, national, and international competitions, exhibitions, and publications. Currently he continues to be active as a freelance graphic designer, a book artist, and a letterpress printmaker.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, health & wellness, history, nature & outdoor education, or scienceAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete winter class schedule here.


Jan 16 2024


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 16 2024
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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