Book Arts at UMM: The Art of Making Books by Hand

Signatures before binding
Signatures ready for binding

The hand made book is a medium for expression. In a world of mass communication and mass production, the hand crafted object, full of the spirit of the maker, endures.

When large publishing companies cannot publish a young writer's work due to the economy of scale, the hand printed work, beautifully made, becomes the way to reach the readers.

The writing being presented can be enhanced using hand printing and binding techniques that set the work apart from other forms of production.

As a beginner in the study of the making of books, students can acquire skills that build their understanding of the aesthetic of the book object, and can create a lifelong love of reading, art, history and the humanities.

Professor Vinzani makes paper
Professor Vinzani making paper

Through service learning, students in the book arts program are involved with projects that bring their skills from the studio to the local community.

The book arts program also partners with area teachers, schools and organizations to improve the literacy of the public through workshops and exhibitions about the hand crafted book.

Young students in our area schools are forever moved when they set type by hand and see their formation of letters printed onto a sheet of fine paper. The experiential sparks that glow can grow forever.

Through service learning, students in the book arts program are involved with projects that bring their skills from the studio to the local community.

The Book Arts Studio is located in Dorward Hall in a state of the art facility made possible by a generous grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.

The facility includes a print shop, bindery, book arts at UMM, and the faculty office of Bernie Vinzani, director of the studio and the UMM Press.

His office contains an archive of printed material dating back to the mid 15th century, a library of handmade paper and watermarks, and other ephemera important to the study of the book craft.

Studio equipment includes a Vandercook #4, a Vandercook Universal, a C&P Old Style press, and etching and lithography presses. Papermaking equipment includes a Reina Hollander Beater and a Scheafer 22'x30' hydraulic papermaking press.

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