Welcome to AAB

We are thrilled to bring you another year of classes aimed at inspiring excellence in bookbinding. The theme for our 2019 catalog is “Choose Your Path.” Each and every one of our students has made AAB a part of their lives because they have chosen a path that led to bookbinding. Or perhaps, the path chose them… Either way, they have heeded the call and are looking to AAB for their next step. And perhaps your path, however circuitous, has you considering your first class at AAB. Each year, we marvel at the diversity of applicants to our program. We have science fiction writers who wish to bind their own work, rare print collectors who hope to conserve their valuable works of art, auto mechanics who aspire to luxury bindings in the style of Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Artists and poets, librarians and scientists, college students and retirees. There’s no wrong way to get here! We hope that the year ahead offers you ample opportunities for creative self-expression, professional development, and good old-fashioned tinkering at the bench. No matter which path you’re on, or how far along the path you may be at this point in time, we at AAB are here to support you in your endeavors!

With this in mind, we have added additional classes to allow greater depth of knowledge and advancement of skill. Due to the exceptional popularity of our Introduction to Bookbinding classes, this year we’re offering two sessions of Level 1 and Level 2 to help meet the demand. For students who are new to bookbinding, AAB is a phenomenal place to start and there are now multiple sessions throughout the year to fit your schedule. Similarly, our Paper Conservation students requested additional advanced study with Renate Mesmer, so we are offering two weeks of Paper Conservation this August.

Fine binders take note: the submission deadline for our triennial OPEN • SET bookbinding competition is September 1st, 2019. If you haven’t yet registered, please do so by May 1st, 2019. The competition is open to all bookbinders around the world. Entering your work for consideration by a jury is a momentous leap toward the path of professional bookbinding. If you’ve never taken this step before, NOW is the time. Try something new, push outside your comfort zone and see if the path before you unfolds in any unexpected directions. The judges, whom we’ll host at AAB in the fall, will look with true reverence at every single entry, as each binding represents a unique moment in one’s journey as a bookbinder.

As always, we look forward to seeing you. Please don’t hesitate to call or email with any questions, or to simply discuss your plans.

Best wishes until then! — The Staff at AAB

AAB is spiritual sanctum for me, I adore the staff and the facilities are fantastic. Everyone goes beyond the basic expectations of a workshop setting to make my time there special and treasured.

 . . being captured in this box canyon is a bookbinder’s dream.  There are very few places left in the world that, by the sheer force of their beauty and solitude, instill a level of peace that welcomes creativity.

My experience at AAB was a game changer.

The AAB program is very challenging and requires a significant commitment both in class and independently to achieve the quality of work required . . . It’s worth it.