Instant Artist Books - part 1: Basics Date
March 21, 2018 - April 11, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TALAS, 330 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

Instructor:  Esther Smith
This course will span x4 Wednesday evenings beginning on March 21st  and ending on April 11th from 6-9pm.
Price:  $375 (purchase together with Part 2 for $675 combined!)
** Course is 4 weeks long, and price includes all 4 sessions. **
To register email or call 212-129-0770


Explore bookbinding from Eastern and Early Western traditions
Make individual and collaborative books, unique books and small editions—even easy popups!  
See the work of contemporary book artists. and discuss how you can publish and distribute your own Artist Books.
All levels welcome — no experience necessary — just an open mind.
Make Books & Have Fun.


Make 4 (or more!) books from start to finish.


– folding and cutting and stitching from various traditions–and creating our own variations. Publish zines + chapbooks–and collaborate with the class to make a library.
– Start with simple models and then embellish with collage, drawings, rubber stamps. Make some decorative papers.


Esther K Smith is the author of the best-selling HOW TO MAKE BOOKS and 5 other book arts books, including her recent MAKING BOOKS WITH KIDS (as seen in Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books) and Specimens of CHROMATIC WOOD TYPE Borders &c a reprint of a Victorian catalog of typography and ink, known as the Most Beautiful Book in the World. Artist director at Purgatory Pie Press, one of the longest running artist presses, she makes limited editions and artist books, collaborating with founder/hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists. PPP books are collected in public and private libraries throughout the world, including Metropolitan Museum, MoMA, Cooper Hewitt, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Tate. Esther taught artist books classes at Cooper Union for more than 15 years–and as a visiting artist at universities and art centers throughout the US, and also in Canada and the UK..