Newburyport Adult & Community Education

Japanese Bookbinding

Class Description

Karen Dardinski

Known for her experimental and innovative approach to art, Karen leads this unique class to create a hand-bound book. Incorporating a combination of recycled materials and vintage wallpapers, along with handmade Japanese and Italian papers, the books are then closed using the Japanese side-bound technique. High-quality materials and attention to detail create beautiful books suitable for journals, sketchbooks, photo albums, or guest books – perfect to keep or present as a special gift.

One, 2-hour session: 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Thursday, August  8, 2024.
Cost $95*. Class Size: 8 maximum/ 4 students minimum.
*Please bring $25 cash or check to the teacher on the night of class for materials fee.
Location: Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street, 
Newburyport.Social Hall.


  1. Titcomb Street Garage, Green Street Lot,
  2. or on-street (2 hour limit).
  3. There is NO parking in the church lot.
  4. Please enter through the side door on the left.


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Newburyport Adult & Community Education (NACE) is a completely self-sustaining program that is funded primarily from class fees, grants, and private donations. While we operate under the auspices of the Newburyport Public Schools, NACE receives no public funding from the City of Newburyport or school system. Show your support for lifelong learning by making a tax-deductible donation to NACE and ensure that we can continue to offer valuable programming to the greater Newburyport community.

Contact Patty St. John at 978-992-8060 or for more information.

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