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  • WESTERN NEW YORK BOOK ARTS CENTER 468 Washington Street Buffalo, NY, 14203 United States (map)

Secret Belgian Binding Workshop

Thursday, August 18th / 6-9pm

Instructor: Janna Willoughby-Lohr

These books have a unique binding that allows them to be strong (like a case-bound book) but to also lay flat (like a coptic-bound book). They are durable and beautiful, albeit a little tricky to make. Once completed, it's difficult to see how they are constructed which adds to the "secret" part of their name.

Anne Goy, a Belgian artist, invented this binding in 1986. She was interested in creating a binding that had a similar appearance to Japanese Stab Bindings but opened flat. She taught it to a few people who passed it on to other people and so on. Hedi Kyle learned of the binding while teaching in Ascona. Hedi brought the binding over to the USA and taught it to a number of people and it has become a sort of underground staple of modern bookbinding.

Come learn to make your own Secret Belgian Binding book!! Some bookbinding experience helpful but not required.


Cost: $60 ($55 Members) includes materials Pre-payment is required for all workshops at WNYBAC. You can pay online, by phone, or by mail. If you would like to send a check, please email to let us know. If you would like to pay over the phone, please call 716-348-1430.

Earlier Event: October 15
Bookbinding for Beginners Intensive
Later Event: November 1
Paper Flowers Workshop at WNYBAC