This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian binding (also known as Criss Cross binding) and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for smaller text blocks. Students will complete two versions of the structure; one bound in the traditional sense and the second will offer a bit more secrecy and refinement to the structure.
Erin Fletcher was first introduced to the craft of bookbinding during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This initial exposure to bookbinding created a desire to culture a deeper understanding of the craft. In 2010, Erin moved to Boston to attend the full-time bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. She received training in both historical and contemporary bookbinding techniques from Jeff Altepeter. Her training also included basic conservation with Martha Kearsley.
After graduation, Erin launched Herringbone Bindery, providing hand bookbinding and box-making to artists, presses, institutions and the general public. Her work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Erin also teaches at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for the Middle School Book Arts Program.