Decorative Box


Learn to make a fun and decorative box! Students will be provided with a kit to construct the box, which measures 3 inches square and 4 inches tall. The instructor will guide students through the process step-by-step. This workshop is a great introduction to the basics of box making, working with book board/decorative papers/adhesives, and provides lots of practice turning book corners, an essential skill in binding a book.

The instructor will bring decorative buttons and items for the box top. Students are welcome to bring a variety of button-like objects that can accept an adhesive such as Elmer's Glue or Super Glue. Instructor will also provide glass marbles for optional "feet" for student boxes.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Date: Thursday, December 7
Time: 6pm-9pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Julie Sullivan
Cost: $45 tuition + $5 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Completion of this class will qualify you to use the studios for your own projects. Details on Open Studio may be found here.

Julie Sullivan began taking bookbinding classes in 1993 as a creative counterpoint to a stressful corporate job. In 1997 Julie began an apprenticeship of sorts with Dallas, Texas, bookbinder Catherine Burkhard, assisting her with private client projects under her supervision. Julie continued weekly bookbinding study for many years and also improved her skills and learned new techniques through numerous workshops with experienced binders. She is a member of the Guild of Book Workers, past president of the GBW Lone Star Chapter and has attended numerous GBW Standards of Excellence seminars. Julie operates Dancing Cat Bindery from a home studio in South Austin where she repairs books and makes boxes for book dealers, collectors and private clients. In recent years Julie and her husband and illustrator Chet Phillips have collaborated to create limited edition books that Chet writes and illustrates and Julie binds.

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