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Perfect Bindings - Bookbinding workshops with Megan Stallworthy in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Perfect for artists, writers, teachers and anyone interested in making books, you will learn core bookbinding skills of folding, cutting, sewing and glueing, and take home your own handmade books along with a set of workshop notes. All the equipment and materials are provided.

Japanese Books and the Chinese Accordion Book
Monday 24th April 2017
Taunton Library
T: 07582 783965
E: megan@perfectbindings.co.uk
Learn traditional techniques of folding and sewing to make these beautiful oriental book structures.

Longstitch Variations
Saturday 6th May 2017
The Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature
Historic book structures with beautiful decorative exposed sewing.

Pamphlet Sewn Books and the Single-section Case Binding
Saturday 13th May 2017
10.30- 16.30
The Chipping Campden Literature Festival
Including the Dos-a Dos Book and W-Fold Book.

Coptic Binding and Quirky Acccordions
Saturday 24th June 2017
Exeter Phoenix
Historic Coptic sewing and playful, contemporary folds.

Further information can be found at www.perfectbindings.co.uk

American Academy of Bookbinding, Telluride, CO

Fine Leather Binding in Miniature
24th April - 5th May 2017
with Gabrielle Fox

Creating a fine leather miniature book requires a unique approach to binding. Though many of the materials used in binding full-sized and miniature books are the same, the challenges and solutions, the handling, preparation and hand skills needed are often quite different.

This comprehensive two-week miniature binding course will give beginning and intermediate students a concentrated and in-depth binding experience for structures less than three inches. Students will acquire and hone traditional skills and gain the command of materials required to produce elegant full leather bindings of miniature books. Each student will complete at least one full leather miniature binding.

The course will pay particular attention to basic skills: sewing, endpaper construction, board shaping, edge treatments, headband weaving, leather paring and covering. An exploration of onlay techinques and tooling with hand tools designed for miniature binding will also be options, depending on available time and individual student experience and ability. Structural and material choices, and design considerations will be integrated throughout the course.

Creating a Panel Cover Structure
8th-12th May 2017
with Monique Lallier

Monique Lallier developed and created her first panel binding in 1986 on L'Écorce et le Vent, now in the special collection at the Morgan Library in New York City. This style of binding has since become an example of one of the many innovative approaches to binding that Monique is known for. AAB is pleased to offer this unprecedented opportunity to learn the unique panel cover structure from the one who originated it.

The panel cover binding structure offers an opportunity to introduce a sense of surprise and an architectural element to the traditional codex form. The leather covered panel sets in a recess on the cover board and is hinged at the foredge of the binding. It opens toward the spine to reveal an environment of surprising materials, techniques and design of the maker's imagination. Working within the technical requirements of the binding structure, students will arrive with a simple design they have created beforehand. Initially, for the purpose of learning and with Monique's guidance, the design will be implemented on a plaquette. If time allows, students may wish to duplicate their design using different material choices to reinforce their understanding of the structure. The focus of the class will be to learn the techniques and structural differences in creating an aesthetic, operable panel for the cover of a binding.

Exploring Doublures
15th-19th May 2017
with Monique Lallier

Create unique and stunning doublures to jazz up your bindings. This one-week course will cover a variety of techniques to craft stunning doublures for your bindings. Monique will explore various methods to prepare the boards for doublures including: edge to edge leather, sunken suede, silk and moiré, doublures decorated with onlays, inlays or tooling. Monique will also explore non-traditional materials to use for doublures such as metal or wood veneers. Students will make a series of plaquettes to learn the techniques that can then be used for future project reference. They may also bring a book prepared to Monique's specifications if they would like to apply doublures to the book.

Gold Tooling
22nd-26th May 2017
With Don Glaister

Perfectly executing gold tooling on the surface of leather bindings has been a goal (often elusive) of bookmakers for centuries. Done successfully, gold tooling is magic. Done unsuccessfully, gold tooling isn't. This five-day class will introduce students to fundamental techniques and practices that will enable them to successfully transform drawn designs on paper to sparkling gold designs on leather. Students will learn to prepare drawings, cut and handle gold leaf, and do blind and gold tooling. While work in class will be on designs with straight lines, the techniques learnedwill be applicable to designs with curved lines as well. No tooling experience is necessary to enroll in this class, though some experience with leather bookbinding is desirable.

In addition to being a knowledgeable and talented bookbinder, I found Don to be a natural and gifted teacher who took sincere interest in the progress of his students. Don was able to connect personally with every different personality in the class.

Fundamentals - Intermediate Fine Leather Binding
29th May - 9th June 2017
With Don Glaister

This is an entry-level leather binding class for the Fine Binding and Integrated Studies Programs as well as an intermediate class for continuing Fine Binding students. In this class, students will learn and develop an understanding of traditional bookbinding techniques, beginning with a laced-on, leather covered board structure. The class will introduce and further acquaint students with techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, limited edge decoration, weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying leather to their books.

The focus of the class will be on learning and reinforcing sound bookbinding techniques with special emphasis on working with leather. All students will complete at least one full leather book in the course. Some more experienced students may be introduced to simple design techniques such as embossing and other surface treatments if time allows. No fine binding experience is needed for beginning students. Those new to AAB who wish to take the class as an intermediate student must first send samples of their work for evaluation. This course and may be repeated as needed or desired.

For more information about spring courses or the American Academy of Bookbinding
please visit our website.

Workshops and 'Open Studio' sessions with Arthur Green in Oxfordshire

20th May 2017
Tutor: Arthur Green
The fascicule is a storage system devised for loose single-sheet items of dissimilar size, material and format. It is suitable for archival collections where letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, other ephemera and even small pamphlets can be can be housed securely. It reduces handling and enables a more minimal approach to repair. This course will show you how to make best use of this storage system, with practical demonstrations of guarding and inserting items, and advice on how to deal with challenging and irregular items. Suitable for professional and student book and paper conservators.

Springback Binding
26th-30th June 2017 (5 days)
Tutor: Arthur Green
Patented in 1799 by John & Joseph Williams the springback soon became a popular style of stationery binding because of its robust covers and ability to open flat. They survive in vast numbers in our libraries and archives, however few are familiar with how they are bound. On this five day course you will learn all of the operations that go into making this unique binding, from folding sheets and sewing the text-block, to making the spring and lever, and then on to the split-boards and finally covering. With step-by-step guidance this workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Parchment repair
16th September 2017
£95 (+£25 materials fee)
Tutor: Arthur Green
This is a repeat of the popular workshop first run in November 2016. Aimed at professional and student book and paper conservators, it is a practical day looking at conservation techniques used to repair parchment. The workshop will concentrate on parchment repairs using new repair-parchment and gelatine based adhesives. The day will include the selection and preparation of repair-parchment and the preparation of two adhesives: warm liquid gelatine and a cold gelatine mousse. Some practical techniques used to apply repairs will also be covered.

Stub binding
7th - 8th October 2017
Tutor: Arthur Green
The stub binding was a popular binding style in the 19th century, for use on photograph albums and for binding maps. This versatile binding is still popular today and lends its self equally well to artists books, photographs albums, guest books and for housing single-sheet archival material. On the first day of the workshop you will learn how to fold and sew the sections and on day two you will make and decorate the covers. Suitable for all abilities.

Introduction to bookbinding
28th October 2017
Tutor: Arthur Green
A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You will get to make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.

Open Studio Sessions
A flexible approach to learning for all abilities, 'open studio' sessions are a chance to work on individual bookbinding and conservation projects with full use of a well-equipped studio. Supervision is available and sessions can be tailored to fit your requirements. 'Open studio' sessions are held on Fridays and on the last weekend of every month.

Saturday 25th March
Sunday 30th April
Sunday 28th May
Sunday 25th June
Sunday 30th July

For further details please visit www.greensbooks.co.uk

Bookbinding workshops at Karen Hanmer Book Arts, north suburban Chicago

The Medieval Girdle Book
20th-23rd July 2017
The girdle book is a Medieval binding structure featuring a long extension of leather which could be attached to a traveler's belt. The leather extension terminates in a decorative knot. In this four-day workshop, students will construct a girdle book on the foundation of a typical Medieval binding: Text block sewn on double supports; shaped wood boards laced on and pegged; sewn headbands; covered in full leather; strap and pin closure.
$700 fee includes all supplies.

Forwarding Basics
10th-11th August 2017
A handsome, functional book is built on a solid foundation of traditional forwarding skills. In this two-day workshop students will review and reinforce these skills, by going through all the steps of crafting a traditional binding prior to covering: folding, marking up and punching signatures; selecting and attaching endsheets appropriate for support and full opening; sewing; gluing up and rounding the spine; lightly backing the text block; sewing endbands; spine lining; the importance of a break-away spine for unencumbered opening of a case binding. Finally, we will anchor the text block into a folded paper case.
$375 fee includes all supplies.

Contemporary Decorative Techniques For Leather Bindings
12th-14 August 2017
Learn a variety of decorative techniques for use on leather bindings. These techniques require minimal equipment and modest leatherworking skill, and some can also be applied to cloth or paper. Techniques demonstrated will include: backpared onlays, inlaid lines, stamping texture into leather, feathered onlays, Lacunose (abstract sanded leather collage), craquele, various inlay techniques, laminating a paper illustration for use as an inlay, various methods of creating sculptural boards, transfer of computer-printed onlay shapes from paper to leather, and laser printing on leather. Students' completed set of four goatskin plaquettes together with a detailed handout covering all the techniques presented will be a valuable reference for future projects.
$425 fee includes all supplies.

Leather Binding Fundamentals
23rd-27th August 2017
Students will build a solid foundation in fundamental binding and leather-working skills including sewing, rounding, backing, paring, and covering and will also develop the connoisseurship required to evaluate their own work for continued independent study. The course is also a valuable refresher for more advanced students who would like feedback on their technique. Students will complete one leather binding with sewn endbands, and experiment with tooling and multiple onlay techniques. Additional luxury features will be discussed, along with the evolution of the craft from Medieval to contemporary methods.
$800 fee includes all supplies.

For further information and registration: http://www.karenhanmer.com/teaching/

School for Formal Bookbinding with Don Rash, Northeast Pennsylvania

Here's the schedule for classes at the School for Formal Bookbinding:

Introduction to Case Binding
10th-14th April 2017

Introduction to Leather Binding
24th-28th April 2017

Full Leather Binding
1st-5th May 2017

Introduction to Cloth Binding Conservation
5th-9th June 2017

Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation
12th-19th June 2017

Foundations of Hand Bookbinding
11th-15th September 2017

Introduction to Case Binding
18th-22nd September 2017

Introduction to Leather Binding
16th-20th October 2017

Full Leather Binding
23rd-7th October 2017

Introduction to Cloth Binding Conservation
6th-10th November 2017

Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation
13th-17th November 2017

As you can see, we're running the six core classes twice. Costs remain the same, and housing is available at the guest house around the corner from the School.

For more details please visit the website www.donrashfinebookbinder.com

Bookbinding at Higham Hall 2017 with Doug Mitchell (British Library Conservator)

Higham Hall is on the north-western edge of the Lakes National Park between Cockermouth (3 miles) and Keswick (8 miles) and a mile from the northwest tip of Bassenthwaite Lake. Higham Hall was originally built in 1828 by railway pioneer Thomas Hoskins, who could have sight of the railway which used to run along the route now followed by the A66. Many consider Higham Hall to be the UK's best independent residential college providing a range of open learning experiences for adults. Bedrooms are comfortable and most have en suite facilities. Enrolment on a non-residential basis is equally possible. Food is excellent and copious, there is an evening bar, and the staff are welcoming and friendly. There is ample free parking. Courses for bookbinders in 2017 are:

Bookbinding and Restoration
12th-16th May 2017

If you love books here is a chance to give them new life by bringing at least 3 that are in need of some TLC. You will be learning some repair and restore techniques using modern materials but keeping as much of the original as is practical making it once again structurally sound. Cloth bindings will be easier to repair but leather bound books will take longer. Previous experience would be beneficial but really all you need is good hand skills. Materials at cost from Tutor

Bookbinding/Additional Skills
21st-24th July 2017

This will be a weekend of catching up on some of those skills that might of slipped you by, in particular the sharpening of paring knives and Spokeshave blades, the Paring of leather and how to produce a gold tooled label for a book you have never put a title on. Not for beginners this workshop is for book binders wishing to seriously develop their skills. Materials at cost from Tutor.

The Lake District's Residential College for Adult Education
Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH
Tel: 017687 76276. www.highamhall.com email. admin@highamhall.com

Bookbinding at Knuston Hall 2017, with Doug Mitchell (British Library Conservator)

Knuston Hall is a few miles east of Northampton and easily reached from the M1, M6 and A14. It is an elegant 17th century building set in its own estate bordering pretty countryside. Bedrooms are comfortable and all have en suite facilities. Enrolment on a non-residential basis is equally possible. Food is excellent and copious, there is an evening bar, and the staff are welcoming and friendly. There is ample free parking. Courses for bookbinders in 2017 are:

Book Restoration for Beginners with Doug Mitchell
18th-20th August 2017

If you love books here is a chance to give them new life by learning, step by step, how to restore them. Please bring at least two cloth bound books in need of some TLC. You will be learning the basic repair and restore techniques along with the tutor who will help you with each stage and at a leisurely pace, using modern materials but keeping as much of the original as is practical making it once again structurally sound. You do not need any previous experience, just good hand skills.

Phone 01933 312104 to book
Email: enquiries@knustonhall.org.uk Website: www.knustonhall.org.uk

Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders Joint Weekend Workshops Programme 2016

Scottish Borders

One-to-one or two-to-one tuition in a private studio located in a beautiful rural setting in the Scottish Borders: close to Berwick on Tweed with easy access by road or rail.

Personal tuition from an award winning craftsman! All tuition tailored to suit the skills level of the individual student. If there is a particular technique or a skill you are looking to develop or improve, or if you are a complete beginner taking your first steps into the art & craft of this ancient discipline, contact Mark Ramsden via bookmanconservation.co.uk, or call 01361 882028 or e-mail me bookman@btinternet.com.

Teaching Opportunities at the London Centre for Book Arts

Come and teach at the LCBA! The centre is looking to add more workshops to their schedule. If you have an idea for a workshop to teach at the Centre, please let them know by filling in the form on their web site.

You can see examples of their current workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

Questions? Get in touch with Simon at simon@londonbookarts.org

The Maureen Duke Educational Award

The Norie Trust is a small charitable trust based in the South West of England. The Trust funds various projects, many of which are associated with literature and the arts. The Trust also assists community-based projects which aim to improve the quality of people's lives.

The Trust have generously offered the Society funds of £2,000 a year for the next 5 years to fund an educational award to assist professionals in the book field. The Trust wishes to recognise Maureen Duke's inspirational teaching and dedication to education and the award will therefore be known as The Maureen Duke Educational Award.

The recipient of the award each year should be a bookbinder, book conservator, book restorer or book artist who has worked professionally in the U.K. for the last two years prior to the award. They should be intending to continue to work professionally, preferably in the UK.

SoB's Education & Training Task Force has been asked by the Trust to administer the award and after discussion it has been agreed that the award panel will consist of the Chair of the Society, Chair of E&T and Maureen herself. The applicant will be required to submit the following:
- Hand written letter of application
- CV
- A brief outline of the nature of study wishing to be undertaken, indicating how this will enhance their work, and their plans for the future
- Full Breakdown of costs - fees, travel and subsistence
- Images of work completed in the 2 years prior to application
- Two references

The recipient will be required to write a report of their study and experience gained for others in the field.

Applications should be sent to: Claire Redfern, 21 Moat Way, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4DR.

An Introduction to Bookbinding with Mark Cockram at Studio 5, London

Case Binding

Rationale - This module develops the students' ability to use basic materials such as cloth and a number of machine made papers. It will allow students the opportunity to explore differing adhesives and covering techniques in the production of case bindings.

- to develop hand skills related to paper and cloth work and hand foil work
- to enhance professional skills, awareness and responsibility
- to stimulate creativity in design
- to develop awareness of choice of suitable styles

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable styles of case binding
- fold sections
- be familiar with various sewing techniques
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a case binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 5 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Bradel Binding

Rationale - This module develops an awareness of strength and structure specific to this type of binding. It will give students the opportunity to work with leather and apply the relevant techniques involved in the production of the disappearing spine Bradel binding.

- to introduce the student to leather binding and manipulation
- to identify the correct materials specific to the binding style
- to understand the need for and limitations of the binding style
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to assess the suitability of the binding style

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable text blocks in need of this structure
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a Bradel binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 1 finished item of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Box and Enclosure Making

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students ability in making 3 styles of boxes for the books made during the 2 previous modules. The student will be able to select and use suitable materials and incorporate style and design ideas.

- to identify the correct materials specific to the box style and use
- to explore design and material manipulation
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to understand internal measuring

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable box styles and construction methods
- apply the techniques for making boxes including a two tray drop back box
- apply techniques suitable for various uses

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 3 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise design, process and protection. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Artist's Book or Complete Book (Option A)

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students' ability to explore print, book manipulation and creative journeys with the book.

- to identify differing print techniques
- to explore the book as a means of artistic and social expression
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable print techniques and mixed media
- forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
- to understand the relationship of the artist and the book

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 6 days with some materials included. Fee £700

Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding (Option B)

Rationale - The Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding gives students the opportunity to make a Design Binding using contemporary and traditional techniques and materials.

- to expand existing skills and techniques whilst learning relevant traditional skills
- to explore Design Binding with contemporary arts practices
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable construction methods - forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required - to boldly go where no one has been before

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 14 days with basic materials included. Fee £1,400

The STUDIO 5 BEGINNERS COURSE is delivered in 3 modules of six days each. Upon successful completion the student will be issued with a Studio 5 Certificate. The fee is £2,100.00 per person. The fee covers all tuition, hand tool use, workshop equipment as required and materials as outlined in the module information. A 50% non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking full payment being made no less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. The modules can be delivered in a block or days to suit the individual student. Two further modules, options A and B are individually priced.

To book a place or for more information please contact us at:
Mark Cockram
Studio Five
First Floor The Mews
46-52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW13 0DQ
Tel: 0208 563 2158 e-mail: studio5bookarts@aol.co.uk

Workshops & Short Courses at the Black Fox Bindery in North London

Nicky Oliver offers a range of courses and workshops at Black Fox Bindery from beginners bookbinding and box-making to advanced book design classes such as leather dyeing techniques and onlay work. Nicky can also tailor classes to your requirements. All materials and equipment are provided.

Please contact her on nicky@blackfoxbindery.com or 07929 549 140 for details and bookings.

North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA - Full-time Bookbinding Program
plus Workshops and Short Courses

WorkshopsEstablished in 1986, this popular two-year program attracts students who share a passion for books and materials, problem-solving, the creative process and working with their hands to make, restore and preserve books and other printed cultural treasures. Students learn fundamental bookbinding techniques including tool use and modification, non-adhesive bindings, cloth and paper bindings of various styles, edition binding and an introduction to book repair and conservation. The second year provides a comprehensive examination of leather bindings, decorative tooling and finishing and re-backing and repair of leather bindings. Advanced paper treatments including washing and deacidification and other conservation procedures are covered. In addition to the full-time program, the school offers one-week and longer short courses in bookbinding, calligraphy, paper marbling and more.

For more information go to: www.nbss.edu

Handmade Art Workshops, London

Handmade Art Workshops design and deliver unique analogue art projects that encourage hands on creativity. We are artists, designers & craftswomen combining our experience and skills to teach drawing, printing and bookbinding to a range of ages and in a variety of community settings.

Get a Sketchbook is suitable for anyone over the age of eleven. It aims to engage its participants with the importance of sketchbooks in the creative process by enabling them to work with two professional artists and a bookbinder to make and use their own personalised hand-made, hardbound sketchbooks. These sessions can be booked individually or as a three session package.

Stages of the Get a Sketchbook workshop:

Workshop 1
Relief printing a cover using an etching press for your own sketchbook with artist Rachel Thomson
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Workshop 2
Making and binding your own sketchbook with professional book binder Nicky Oliver
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Workshop 3
Introduction to use of sketchbooks, speed drawing and information gathering involving use of different media with artist Agnes Mitchell
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Further details are available from www.haccamoirai.co.uk

Alan Fitch - A Binder of Books and A Teacher of Bookbinding, in Powys, Wales

There are available a variety of courses, which run throughout the year, offering the opportunity to learn in an idyllic location and relaxed atmosphere. With only a maximum of three people on any one course, tuition is on a very personal level, with each student having their own work station and all tools and materials supplied.

The courses run from Monday - Friday (9 - 5). Over the period of the course you will be guided through all the aspects of bookbinding, relevant to each course. There are at present four courses available:

Basic Course - This course has been designed for the beginner and covers all the basics of binding a book.

Refresher/Repair Course - This course is designed for the student who :
- Has completed the Basic Course but would like to spend more time developing their basic skills before moving on to finer things.
- Has had some experience in the past of binding a case bound, round and backed book but would like to refresh their skills.
- Would like to develop their skills in repairing old cloth cased books.

Full Leather Course - This course is for the person who wants to develop their bookbinding skills and progress to binding in leather.

2 Day Bookmaking Course - This course has been designed to allow you to spend two days making a variety of types and styles of book, none of which require any specialist equipment or tools.

Accommodation is available

For further detail please telephone +44 (0)1938 590733, email abinderofbooks@gmail.com
or view the web site at www.abinderofbooks.co.uk

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Winchester, VA

The school is committed to providing quality training in the craft of hand bookbinding. Its ongoing series of two-day workshops is designed to teach techniques that are immediately useful to the student as well as to create a solid foundation of skills for further bookbinding study. The curriculum includes both basic and advanced courses that are geared toward the needs of book dealers, collectors and anyone interested in learning the art of hand bookbinding. Each workshop features demonstrations of the techniques being taught coupled with ample supervised practice time for the student. A complete package of printed notes accompanies each of the workshops to aid the student in assimilating the body of information being presented.

Workshops are taught in the studios of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding near Winchester, Virginia. Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding is a fully operational hand bookbinding and book restoration facility established in 1991 by Jill Deiss. Instructors for THE SCHOOL FOR BOOKBINDING ARTS include Jill Deiss, Dee Evetts, Susan McCabe and Bill Deiss.

Foundation Level Course

Beginning Cloth Binding Restoration: This course teaches a wide variety of skills that are immediately useful for the repair of cloth bindings and also serves as a foundation for later courses. Techniques taught include: repairing damaged corners, endcaps and joints on cloth bindings; toning of discolorations; and minor paper repair techniques. Limited to 9 students. $235

Beginning Leather Binding Restoration: Students will learn various treatments for leather bindings including repairs for damaged corners, endcaps, and joints. Also included are techniques for polishing and improving the condition of leather surfaces. $235

Advanced Cloth Binding Restoration: Learn the professional technique for restoring a cloth binding using original boards and spine. Requires Beginning Cloth Binding Restoration for participation. Limited to 7 students. $235

Advanced Leather Binding Restoration: The leather reback is the companion repair to the cloth reback but for leather bindings. All portions of the original binding are retained in this professional restoration. Techniques for thinning and paring leather will be featured in this workshop. Requires Beginning Leather Binding Restoration for participation. Limited to 7 students. $235

New Cloth Bindings: Two styles of new bindings will be taught to enable students to put covers on books that have lost their original bindings. Introduction to book titling will be featured as well as methods for endsheet attachment. Limited to 9 students. $235

Clamshell Box Construction: Students will learn the craft of creating custom-fit clamshell boxes. Limited to 9 students. $235

Paper Marbling [Beginning & Advanced]: Students will learn many traditional marbled patterns as well as how to set up their own marbling studios. Inquire for course fee.

Further information from:
email: info@cattailrun.com

The Artworks, Halifax, Yorkshire

Printmaking and Bookbinding

Please visit their web site for a full list of available courses.

"All of our workshops offer the highest quality tuition in a relaxed, welcoming, open and conducive atmosphere. Our workshops are structured, providing you with the necessary skills and techniques to master the craft and are flexible too, allowing you to work on different projects from traditional to contemporary. You can work at your own pace and all materials and tools are provided at the class to get you going."

Further information is available from www.theartworks.org.uk

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

The Association centro del bel libro in Ascona is the parent institution of an internationally known and recognised technical school with the specialised areas of Bookbinding and Design and Book and Paper Conservation. The Association exists for the continued development and ever higher qualification of its instructors in both areas. Competitions and exhibitions help inform the public about their activities and expand public awareness of the book. The Association makes it possible for experts in related fields and for interested laypeople to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to the book through special courses of instruction. The Association is a not for profit organisation. Its departments assure the smooth functioning of the school and an especially well organised office assists course participants with their stay in Ascona. The Directorate, among other duties, is charged with attracting new supporting members for the Association to ensure the continued work and development of the School. Should you be in agreement with the stated goals of the Association - we would be pleased to welcome you as a new member!

Department of Bookbinding and Design - The study areas of Bookbinding and Design offer discerning bookbinders the opportunity of technical and creative challenges. Course participants have the opportunity to further their qualifications through learning internationally recognised methods and techniques, are able to hone their skills and increase their knowledge, evaluate themselves and be inspired by colleagues. They will exchange ideas and find paths in creativity and through self reflection; paths which open up by being away from job demands and daily stress, away from routine, and the pressures of time and expectations of productivity. The annually changing course offerings are continually enhanced by timely developments to expand students depth of understanding. They include classic hand bookbinding techniques, such as the French full leather binding, the Bradel technique, as well as hand gilding. Another area of program concentration is the contemporary design of bookbindings, in which design, technique and material complement each other and fulfil the functional and qualitative aspects of a book.

Department of Book and Paper Conservation - The study of book and paper conservation at the centro del bel libro ascona assures further education specifically for book and paper restorers and delivers timely, inclusive and internationally recognised competencies in theory and practical applications. Scientific bases of restoration, restoration ethics, as well as documentation and decision making are encouraged and fostered in order to increase the knowledge of course participants in these areas. The opportunity to engage in dialogue in related disciplines, support and evaluation of innovation, and most of all development of practical skills to assure correct restoration and conservation measures - all are addressed in this context. The exchange of ideas among experts, and the addition of highly specialised guest lecturers provide the best conditions for exploring all relevant subjects in depth. Highly qualified teachers, a pleasant study and work environment, course participants from countries world wide, and the much renowned southern joie de vivre facilitate learning, ignite the desire to learn and communicate, and reward the student with improved self confidence. Building on these facts, it becomes an easy task to develop conventions for the protection of our cultural heritage, the book - a task which the centro del bel libro ascona has set itself and which it fulfils.

Further information regarding courses programs can be found on the schools web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

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