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Understanding Book Structures For Conservation, West Sussex

30th September - 4th October 2019
Cost: £515.50 per student (includes 4 lunches and materials).
This practical 5-day course will introduce the materials, tools and techniques most commonly used in Western European bookbinding. By understanding the historical context and changing manufacture of binding production, students will gain knowledge of how and why some bindings fail whilst others stand the test of time. Simple but effective preservation solutions will be explored to mitigate common library collection problems.

Course run by Sussex Conservation Consortium Ltd. in Amberley, West Sussex, UK.

Contact Ruth for more information.
Tel: 07857 632846
Email: steruth@gmail.com
Website: www.sussexconservationconsortium.co.uk

Bookbinding courses at City Lit : Autumn and Winter 2019

Whether you are a complete beginner or you already have bookbinding skills that you want to develop, we have a course for you. Our team of dedicated tutors are skilled practitioners, Industry specialists and experts in the fields of bookbinding, book arts, fine design binding, conservation and repair. We run taster days, starter courses and longer courses during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and we offer from beginner to advanced level that will enable you to learn and build skills in bookbinding, book arts and book conservation. There are also specialist courses in gold tooling, decorative techniques and working with leather. Book conservation courses offer practical instruction in paper repair, leather and cloth conservation, hand tooling and machine blocking.


City Lit Bookbinding course
VD190 - 01/10/19-07/07/20

Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
Tuesdays 18.00-21.00
Full - £1,099 - Senior £1,099 - Concession £670

City Lit Bookbinding: intermediate
VD322 - 07/10/19-16/03/20

An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
Mondays 18.00-21.00
Full £599 - Senior £599 - Concession £365


Beginners' bookbinding
VD284 - 16/09/19-21/10/19 - Mondays 10.30-16.30

Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, 6 week introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books progressing to a more complex stitched binding and explore the world of handmade books.
Full £299 - Senior £239 - Concession - £182

Bookbinding: limp vellum binding VD357 - 15/10/2019-05/11/19 - Tuesdays 10.30-16.30
This course will introduce you to the techniques for making a flexible and versatile limp vellum binding and equip you with the skills needed to produce a beautiful binding of your own. Some bookbinding experience required.
Full - £199 - Senior £159 - Concession £121

Bookbinding: Bradel binding
VD434 - 17/09/2019-08/10/19 Tuesdays 10.30-16.30
The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles a case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Not suitable for beginners.
Full £229 - Senior £183 - Concession £140

Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
VD416 - 19/09/2019-10/10/2019 - Thursdays 10.30-16.30

Explore the beautiful variety of sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a box, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
Full £229 - Senior £183 - Concession £140

Wooden boarded binding
VD316 - 19/11/2019-10/1/2019 - Tuesdays 10.30-16.30

The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using some historical techniques and materials.
Full £229 - Senior £183Concession - £140

Bookbinding: box making
VD327 - 28/10/2019-02/12/2019 - Mondays 10.30-16.30

Learn how to make slipcases, clamshell and Japanese boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete beautiful containers to house your precious books and objects.
Full - £299 - Senior £239 - Concession £182

Gold tooling on a paper binding
VD412 06/12/2019 - 09/12/2019 Friday - Monday 10:30 - 17:00

Develop your knowledge and experience of gold tooling on paper whilst learning how to gold tool on a paper-covered book, using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold leaf. For those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.
All levels welcome.
Full £259 - Senior £207 - Concession £158

Hand marbled paper
VD402 - 11/10/2019-01/11/2019 - Fridays 10.30-16.30

Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
Full £229 - Senior £183 - Concession £140

Laser cut a leather book cover
VW113 - 18/10/2019-15/11/2019 -Fridays 18.00-21.00

Learn to laser cut leather on this introductory course. You will learn some basic drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator to produce a design that will be cut or etched into leather. The completed leather can then be used to make a soft cover for a book or on other bookbinding and craft projects. Suitable for beginners.
Full £149 - Senior £119 - Concession £91


Try it out: conservation
VD350 - 22/09/2019 - Sunday 10.00-17.00
Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
Full £79 - Senior £79 - Concession £79

Conservation and repair I
VD351 - 27/10/2019-01/12/2019 - Friday 10.30-16.30
Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
Full £199 - Senior £159 - Concession £121

Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
VD245 - 25/09/2019-11/12/2019 - Wednesdays 18.00-21.00

Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
Full £349 - Senior £349 - Concession £213

Book conservation for beginners I
VD324 - 19/09/2019-05/12/2019 - Thursdays 18.00-21.00

Understand the structure, collating and pulling of a book. Practise paper cleaning and repair. Learn how to re-sew a text-block, mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards.
Full £399 - Senior £399 - Concession £243

Book conservation and repair:paper and cloth-bound books
VD202 - 18/09/19-04/12/19 - Wednesdays 10.30-16.30
Look at the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper, both as flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
Full £499 - Senior £399 - Concession £304

For further information, fees and more courses please visit:

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700
Monday-Friday between 10.00-17.00.
All our bookbinding courses take place in our main site on
Keeley Street in Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA

Perfect Bindings in South West England

Perfect Bindings

Bookbinding workshops with Megan Stallworthy at arts centres and book festivals 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.

Upcoming Workshops

Pamphlet Sewn And Concertina Sketchbooks
Tate St Ives (Members Workshop)
Saturday 21st September 2019

Japanese Books And The Chinese Accordion
Exeter Phoenix
Saturday 19th October 2019

Find more details of all the workshops at perfectbindings.co.uk

Bookbinding courses at Dillington House, Somerset

Come and widen your knowledge of bookbinding in the beautiful surroundings of Dillington House near Ilminster, Somerset. Four-day residential courses, running from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime take place in a well-equipped purpose-built studio with plenty of light and a view across the Somerset countryside. Rooms are comfortable, the food is excellent, and it is a most enjoyable study holiday.

There is usually an introductory beginners' course in January, and intermediate level courses throughout the year. The representative from Hewits calls in during the week with tools and materials for sale. Courses for 2019 are as follows:

Full leather binding with Cambridge Panel
with Dominic Riley
23rd-27th September 2019
Level: intermediate
Dominic will take students through the process of binding of a book in calf and decorating it with the typical sprinkled rectangles known as the Cambridge panel.

with Angela Sutton
11th-15th November 2019
Level: intermediate (and beginners) - (option: sewing methods)
Students may work on their own projects at their own pace, but beginners can be accommodated if they are not able to attend Sarah's beginners' course in January. Those who would like to find out more about sewing methods will be shown various kinds of sewing appropriate for different books.

Bookbinding for beginners
with Sarah Jarrett-Kerr
January 2020(weekend, date tbc)

For more information contact www.dillington.com

Embroidered Leather Binding Workshop in Maine

17th-18th August, 2019
Instructor: Erin Fletcher

Location: Otisfield, Maine 04270
Time: 09.00-16.00 each day
Cost: $220
$60 materials fee (will be collected by the instructor at the workshop)

Embroidery has been used as a decorative technique on bindings for centuries. In Europe, particularly England, around the 15th-17th centuries a great number of bindings were heavily adorned with embroidery. The substrate was typically canvas, silk or velvet but occasionally leather was used. The designs fell into three distinct categories: heraldic, floral and figurative. Today, embroidery as a decorative technique is seeing a revival in contemporary design bindings and artist books. Many artists and binders are experimenting with embroidery on a range of materials including leather.

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather along with ways to transfer a design and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of creating texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature full leather blank book.

In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, shortly after graduating from the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. Erin teaches workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program; she also teaches adult workshops across the country. Erin's design bindings have been exhibited both domestically and internationally and her work can be found in both private and institutional collections.

For futher information and to Register: info@pattisonpaperworks.com

Workshops with Karen Hanmer Book Arts, Glenview, Illinois

2019 Workshop Schedule

14th-15th September 2019 - Variations on the Sewn Boards and Drum Leaf Bindings

Further information and registration is available from www.karenhanmer.com

The School for Formal Bookbinding, Plains, Pennsylvania

Class Schedule 2019

9th-13th September 2019 - Introduction to Leather Binding
16th-20th September 2019 - Full Leather Binding
14th-18th October 2019 - Introduction to Cloth Binding Conservation
21st-25th October 2019 - Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation

Costs and policies remain the same this year.
For more detailed information please see the website: donrashfinebookbinder.com/sfbmain.html

The School can be contacted via email at sfb@donrashfinebookbinder.com
or by snailmail at 50 Burke Street, Plains, PA 18705, USA
Telephone - 00 1 (570) 239 8643

Bookbinding and Conservation Workshops in Worcestershire

A regular programme of workshops and events is held throughout the year. Workshops are in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Workshops are held at the studio near Malvern and are led by Arthur, as well as occasional guest lecturers.

Introduction to bookbinding
28th September 2019

Japanese stab-binding
with Mylyn McColl
9th November 2019

Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears
16th November 2019

Open Studio Sessions
These sessions are a chance to work on individual bookbinding and conservation projects with full use of the well-equipped studio. Supervision and guidance is on hand and sessions are tailored to fit your requirements. Sessions are held monthly at weekends: please see the website for dates.

For further details, please contact Arthur:

Green's Books Ltd.
Unit 6, Cygnet business Centre,
Worcester Road, Hanley Swan
Worcestershire, WR8 0EA

Tel: 07921457174

Workshops with Doug Mitchell, UK

Higham Hall, Cumbria
4th-7th October 2019 - Distressed leather (Gothic) Binding

Bookings through their website at www.highamhall.co.uk

HF Holidays
25th-28th October 2019 - Beginners bookbinding at Dovedale

Bookings through their website at www.hfholidays.co.uk

Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire
One day Bookbinding Taster workshops. (sewn board binding)
August 3rd

Bookings through me at my email booksurgeon@gmail.com

Apprenticed bookbinder and learning his craft at the The British Museum bindery, The Foreign Office press Bindery and The British Library Centre for Conservation. Member of The Society of Bookbinders.

You can contact Dough at booksurgeon@gmail.com

Bookbinding Workshop with Juliayn Coleman
at the historic Sunset Lodge on Lake Damariscotta, Maine.

In this hands-on workshop, we will make one simple non-adhesive book each day. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels. In addition to the binding, we will explore at least three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of our books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing. The goal is to create a harmonious set of beautiful books, learn simple structures that you can take home and repeat on your own, and let your creative mind explore the medium of book binding.

In late March, more enhanced information about the workshop will be posted on sunsetlodgeworkshops.com/hand-bookbinding

$1600. for each student + $100. materials fee. Includes private room, 3 home-cooked meals each day, 5 days of handbookbinding instruction, and the use of canoes, kayaks, and sailboats.
Workshop space is limited to 12 Hand Bookbinding students.
A list of bookbinding tools and what to bring will be sent upon registration.

Contact and to register: Noah Kahn: sunsetlodgeonlakedamariscotta@gmail.com or +1 510 427 0297

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.

Otter Education - Classes in Winchester and Midhurst, UK

Otter Education

Whether you're looking for a serious commitment or simply want to learn something new and have fun while doing it, there's nothing more important than being taught by an experienced Arts & Crafts Instructor. Marysa de Veer has been offering her services to people of all ages since 1993, and is here to give you the personalised attention you deserve so that you can reach your full potential.

Please visit her web site to view the full range of tuition options available.

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 has 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 and the Chair of E&T. 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

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

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 for Bookbinding Arts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding (est. 1991) and offers numerous courses in bookbinding and allied subjects taught by the bookbinders of Cat Tail Run along with a team of talented guest instructors.

Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding provides bookbinding, restoration, and conservation services to individuals and institutions. The bookbinders of Cat Tail Run include Susan McCabe, Anna Barnes, Reilly Cundiff, Rowland Kirks, and Jill Deiss. Susan McCabe's expertise includes the sewing of texts and creating custom-crafted endbanding. Anna Barnes restores the covers of leather- and cloth-bound books. Reilly Cundiff specializes in crafting new bindings, restoring cloth binding, and making clamshell boxes. Jill Deiss serves as the senior binder, and Rowland Kirks is chief of operations for the bindery and the bookbinding school.

Further information from:
+1 540 662 2683
email: workshops@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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