Junk Journals are easy to make and, by definition, use materials you already have: junk mail, envelopes, used greeting cards, off-size scraps of paper from notebooks, posters, maps, office supplies, calendars, museum catalogs… images and textures that appeal to you.

We’ll explore the concept, then – in the interest of time – use materials provided by the instructor to create a simple 3-signature, 6” x 9” journal using a 3-hole pamphlet stitch.

The “challenge” of these journals lies in letting go of preconceived notions of what defines a “book” or a “page.” This class will introduce you to the concept and basic techniques, which you can then apply to your own paper stash. The size can be scaled up or down based on what you have.

At an optional follow-up workshop in September, we will use the same binding technique to make a hardback journal using re-purposed or discarded book covers. (See separate announcement and sign-up)

Workshop Registration and Fees: Junk Journals Part I

  • Day/Date/Time: Sunday, July 14, 2024, Noon – 4 PM
  • Fee for One Day Workshop: $45 members, $55 nonmembers (fee includes all materials)
  • Registration for this workshop closes Monday, July 08, 2024
  • Instructor: Donna Knoell
  • Enrollment limit: 8
  • Location: Virginia Center for the Book – 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Materials: All materials are provided. (Participants may bring a bone folder, scoring board, and a small pair of pliers).
  • Registration Contact: Garrett Queen – gsqueen@virginia.edu

Making Junk Journals Part Two will be offered as a stand-alone two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 & 15, 2024, Noon – 4 PM. While you’ll use techniques gained in this first workshop, there is no prerequisite to take part two.
** Register Here for Making Junk Journals Part II **

Our COVID Policy for this workshop:
The Virginia Center for the Book expects that program participants are vaccinated.
Should public health guidelines change, and new norms be applicable, we reserve the right to revisit the expectations in the interest of participant health and safety.

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