Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook
© Elizabeth Castaldo
Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook
© Elizabeth Castaldo

Make Your Own Handmade, Hardcover Photobook

Dates: Saturdays, Apr 13–Jun 1, 2024
Time: 11am–1pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (No class on April 27 and May 18)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $405
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If you’re thinking about creating a photobook, making the physical book by hand can be super-satisfying and can add another level of creativity to your project. In this class, you’ll learn how to make three types of hardcover bindings that are suitable for both short and longer photo projects — a hardcover pamphlet, a flat-backed case binding, and a hardcover concertina album. If you don’t know what these are, don’t worry, you’ll find out in this hands-on class!

We’ll discuss how images work in a book, as well as strategies for including content that is both printed directly onto the page or tipped onto the page after binding. There will be homework prompts and group feedback and we’ll also look at examples of photobooks using these different structures.

Please note: When you register, we’ll send you a list of the materials and tools you’ll need (papers, exacto knife, etc.) to create your books.
This class was spectacular. Liz is spectacular. She is such an organized and patient teacher. I’m so excited to practice and experiment with the techniques she introduced us to.
—Kirsten (Canada)
Thank you for a great class — this is a great thing to be able to do now and I know it’s something I’m going to continue doing.
—David (Westchester)

Elizabeth Castaldo
Elizabeth Castaldo

Elizabeth Castaldo is an artist, printmaker, and bookbinder based in Peekskill, NY and New York City. She has completed residencies at the Center for Book Arts (New York City) and Printmaker’s Open Forum (Oxford, PA). Castaldo received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta where she was a Dean’s Fellow in Printmaking, and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. In November 2020, her solo exhibition, Proximate Magic, was presented at Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY. Her work was included in the traveling exhibition, Freed Formats: The Book Reconsidered and she organized the exchange portfolio Earth/Mother for the SGCI 2020 conference “Puertografico.” She teaches printmaking and book arts at Parsons School of Design, Nassau Community College, and the Center for Book Arts. Her work is held in many private and institutional collections including SCAD, Yale University, The University of Alberta, and Carnegie Melon University.

Elizabeth teaches hand-made books for StrudelmediaLive.