Building Boxes Workshop

The Printing Museum Community
The Printing Museum Community
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Functional and decorative boxes are very useful to store precious items, little treasures, a book, letters, photographs or to transport tools or gifts or even hide clutter - everyone needs a box from time to time.
This workshop covers all the basics of building boxes; designing, measuring, cutting, constructing and covering boxes. It is suitable for those with little or no experience, however attention to detail will be a great help. With basic box making techniques, making custom boxes will be a breeze.
Participants will be able to choose the type and size of basic box they create. Using traditional bookbinding materials and tools, they will build a box from binder's board, PVA glue and cover it in decorative paper. Board, sandpaper, adhesives and basic cover papers will be supplied.

Venue: WCBA, Wellington Centre for Book Arts, Woolstore Building, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Time: 9.30am-4.00pm Sat 22nd Feb, 2020.

Cost: $140 (less 10% for members). Places are limited and can only be confirmed by payment.

Enrolments to: [masked]

Materials list:
❏ Cutting mat - preferably larger than A4
❏ Cutting tools - scissors, snap off knife and spare blades
❏ Metal ruler - preferably 30cm long
❏ Pencil and eraser - ideally a fine mechanical pencil
❏ Square/ triangle - optional, please bring an engineer’s square or metal triangle to help you accurately determine a 90 degree angle if you have something suitable
❏ Bench clamps and weights - optional
❏ Covering/ decorative papers - optional - we will be supplying a small selection of plain coloured paper suitable for covering boxes, but if you have something you would like to use, please bring it with you
❏ Notebook/ camera/ phone - or whatever you use to take notes

Tutor: Terrie Reddish
Terrie Reddish is a letterpress printer and bookbinder. Terrie uses restored tools and vintage equipment to create unique art, fine press books, broadsheets and prints. Her artwork is often three dimensional and loosely based on book structures.
Terrie has studied bookbinding overseas with Australian, American and English bookbinders. She teaches bookbinding and pencil drawing throughout NZ and is the editrix of the newsletter for the Association of Handcraft Printers & Association of Book Craft.