For the Birds Trapped in Airports

Course: Making Special Editions Special with Matthew Austin

Course: Making Special Editions Special with Matthew Austin

Regular price $2,500.00 USD
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Caring for Books

Books made by hand are generally going to be more resilient than books made by machine, but in either case: the nicer you are to them, the longer they'll last in the condition you bought them in.

Depending on your location, the moisture of that environment may cause slight curling in the board and papers. If so, the materials are adjusting to your environment, and if you left the journal under weight in that environment for 24-48 hours, that issue should resolve itself. This acclimation process is something many libraries conduct when getting new books for their shelves.

Did you scuff or mark your book cover? Don't put soap or water on it! Get a rubber cement pick up and gently rub the mark off of the area. You may not be able to get all of it, but, most of the time, it gets the job done!

Shipping & Returns


We take great care in the packing of our orders and offer UPS and USPS shipping options. UPS will usually go out in 1-2 days. USPS orders will go out the next Friday.


If extreme circumstances cause the order to be damaged along its way to you, we can offer a discount for the inconvenience, but we are often unable to offer total refunds or replacements due to the handmade nature of our products.


6-Week Course — Making Special Editions Special

Dates outside of this listing: Request additional dates for this course to run by emailing

Time: 10 am – 5 pm (PST) one hour lunch break at noon. 

Instructor: Matthew Austin

Where: 2012 Stoner Ave, Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90025


5 students maximum

This course is for those interested in producing complex editions of books and/or boxes that can include foil stamping, inkjet printing, clamshell boxes, etc. While students are encouraged to bring their own favorite hand tools, we will utilize the studio resources to their capacity to serve the student’s creative projects.

By producing an edition of 3 in this course, students will hone their editioning and bookbinding skills and methods through the guidance of the instructor. 

PLEASE NOTE: The only studio materials that are covered by the course fee are limited to the varieties stocked in-house. Primarily this typically includes bookboard as it is a non-creative choice—we cannot cover the costs of the specific cloths, papers, etc. that the artist wishes to acquire for their uniquely designed project. Also not covered by the course fee is printing charges, though these will be made available at a significantly reduced rate via a pricing sheet given to students on the first day of class. Anything specialty to the student’s project should be purchased beforehand or through the class—they are welcome to have those materials shipped to the studio and stored for the duration of the course.

Additional access hours are available at an hourly rate outside of course meeting hours. Once this course is completed, students have the option of paying an hourly or day rate to use the resources of the studio after the course is over. 


Matt Austin is a designer, bookbinder, and publisher based in Los Angeles, California. He founded Candor Arts, an imprint and production resource for artist books. He is the founder and studio manager of For the Birds Trapped in Airports.

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