Workshop: Handmade Bookmaking for Beginners

Course Description:
Join Rocio De Alba for a two-day workshop on bookmaking, geared for beginners. At the end of the weekend, you will walk away with one finalized book (or more). The first day will be about reviewing tools, measurements; deciding covers for the books (chipboard, corrugated sheets, and/or the sketch book cover themselves) and creating a prototype. On Sunday you will bring photographs of a series to create a cohesive narrative (Rocio will advise on that) or family photos to make a scrapbook and finish off with a FINAL version of the book.

Learn to make:
• Saddle Stich Binding

• Coptic Binding
• An accordion Book (and if there is time)
• A mini Meander book

The 2-day workshop will take place on May 20th & 21st from 10am to 4pm each day.

Class Size:
The workshop will consist of 6-8 people and participants must be 18 years of age or older.

$340 per person  (Non-Member)
$300 per person 
(VCP Member)
Registration fee includes $50 worth of materials that you can bring home with you!
Please use the online registration form at the bottom of this page to sign up!

Materials to use at the workshop and to bring home with you:
(VCP will purchase and have them ready at the workshop)

Other materials provided by VCP for use at the workshop:
(The items on the list below are also links that will redirect you to online vendors in the event you wish to purchase these items later.)


Rocio De Alba

Rocio (row-see-oh) De Alba is a fine art, multimedia, and conceptual documentary photographer based in Queens, New York. She received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts. She is an award-winning book designer and handmade book instructor. Rocio was a grant recipient from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her images have been featured on CNN Photo, New York Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, and The New York Times Lens Blog (forthcoming 2017). Rocio’s group exhibitions include The Soho Photo Gallery, Flowers Gallery, The Center For Fine Art Photography, and The Vermont Center. Her handmade monograph documenting her nine year old son entitled “Miracle Baby,” was the focus of a panel discussion and exhibition at the Elder Museum in Nebraska; it earned a finalist position and was displayed at the Festival Documental in Barcelona; the book was also selected for the INFOCUS Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, currently on view at the Phoenix Art Museum through April 2017. Rocio was nominated by Executive Director Paula Tognarelli of The Griffin Museum of Photography, as one of four artists to hold a solo exhibition scheduled to take place summer 2017.

Online Registration: