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How to Make a Finishing Tool
Brass finishing tools are used for impressing on surfaces such as leather, paper or wood. Come and learn how to make a tool of your own simple design.
12th August 2013 (Monday)
City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA
Tel: 0207 831 7831 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Website: www.citylit.ac.uk
Bookbinding - Gold Tooling on Paper
Supplementary training - Tracey Rowledge will share how she approaches gold tooling on a paper-covered book to demonstrate how the medium is brought to life when it is applied to a three-dimensional object. Foundation skills in gold tooling will be taught and then practiced on a series of sample boards. This course is suitable for all levels and is conducted in English.
5th-9th August 2013
Leksands folkhögskol, Box 281, 793 26 Leksand, Sweden
Enrolments to: email@example.com or by phone +46 (0)247 648 00
Information about boarding and lodging: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about workshop: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The monthly Saturday workshops are very popular and a great way to spend a relaxing day whilst also developing an interest or learning a new skill. Two main activities run concurrently: new people with no prior experience of bookbinding learn the basic construction of a hard-bound book and leave with a custom-named book whilst many of the returning students are working on restoration projects. The workshops work on a ratio of one teacher for 3-4 students so everyone has time to complete their tasks with close supervision and guidance.
Forthcoming dates are:
25th May 2013 - Solander boxes and slipcases and general bookbinding.
The workshops run from 09.30 to 16.30 and the cost is £85.00, including refreshments and cakes.
Email Brignell Bookbinders at email@example.com to enquire about availability.
Cloth Binding - Monday-Friday, 8th-12th July 2013 - $550
Book Repair - Monday-Friday, 15th-19th July 2013 - $550
Boxes and Enclosures - Monday-Friday, 22nd-26th July 2013 - $550
Non-adhesive binding - Five Saturdays, 7th September - 5th October 2013 - $525
Lets make gifts! - Three Saturdays, 2nd-16th November 2013 - $300
and the Leather/Vellum Classes workshops are................
Half leather - Five Saturdays, 13th July - 10th August 2013 - $525
Half leather - Monday-Friday, 5th-9th August 2013 - $525
Full calf - Monday-Friday, 12th-16th August 2013 - $525
Limp leather - Monday-Friday, 16th-20th September 2013 - $525
Limp vellum - Wednesday-Saturday, 9th-12th October 2013 - $400
Further details are available from www.pantherpeakbindery.com
These workshops will provide students with a step-by-step tutorial on traditional bookbinding styles, with a little bit of the history thrown in too. Participants will also learn about the tools, materials and terminology of the craft. One and two-day workshops are held on Saturdays throughout the year and run from 9:30am to 4:30 pm. All workshops are held in an 18th century school house in the middle of Eynsham village, just west of Oxford. The workshops are in small groups of six or less and all levels are welcome.
Fee: £65 per day, including lunch, tea/coffee, and all materials.
Further information is available from Arthur at:
The Bartholomew Rooms
Oxon, OX29 4HW
20th-31st May 2013
with Don Glaister
This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques, develop more advanced and sophisticated ones and even invent new techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge gilding, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will be encouraged to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise. The class may be used as a review of the binding process or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific technique. The AAB Fundamental/Intermediate Binding class, or equivalent, is a prerequisite for this class and it may be repeated as needed.
Fundamentals of Gold Tooling
3rd-7th June 2013
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.... isnt. 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 learned will 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.
Edge to Edgier
10th-14th June 2013
with Peter Geraty
The secret to good edge gilding is technique and practice..... You do not have to shed blood under a full moon! In this class students will be guided to explore and accomplish several types of edge treatments including solid edge gilding, rough edge gilding and gilding in the rough (whats the difference?), colored and decorated edges, gauffered edges and maybe even some fore edge painting. Additional techniques will include mulitcolored edges with gold and/or palladium flakes, sponged, painted, tooled and painted edges. Over the course of the week students will have the opportunity to experiment with these techniques but emphasis will be placed on solid edge gilding as that is the most intimidating one requiring the most repetition to achieve success and confidence. Students will leave this class with the knowledge to invent and configure their own style. No prior bookbindng skills are necessary although a knowledge of tools and materials is helpful.
Courses for the Fall
9th-13th September 2013 - The Art and Craft of Paper Marbling with Pamela Smith
16th-27th September 2013 - Fundamentals/Intermediate Fine Binding with Don Glaister
23rd-27th September 2013 - Letterforms as Image for Design Bindings and Artists Books with Suzanne Moore
30th September-4th October 2013 - Alternative Decorative Techniques with Don Glaister
7th-11th October - Unconventional Use of Leather with Daniel Kelm
14th-18th October 2013 - Islamic Bookbinding with Katherine Beaty
4th-8th November 2013 - Paper Conservation with Renate Mesmer
For more information, catalog, and/or to register,
please visit www.bookbindingacademy.org
Natural Dyes and Decorative Paper Techniques
1st-2nd June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Tatiana Ginsberg
Working from the Japanese tradition of dyeing paper with natural dyes, you will explore creative methods of coloring and patterning handmade papers. Experiment with dyes derived from cochineal, cloves, lotus and much more. The bright and subtle colors derived from plant materials are safe and pleasant to work with and harmonize well with natural fibers. Historically used not only for their beauty, but also practical purposes ranging from insect repellants to waterproofing, they have numerous applications for book arts. You will learn to prepare dyestuffs from a number of plant materials; how to size and treat papers; how to dip, brush, resist dye, and understand the effects of different mordants. You are encouraged to experiment with your own papers as well as the kozo paper provided.
Woodcuts: Intro and Basic
1st-2nd June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Andrij Maday
Enter the fun world of relief printmaking! In this introductory weekend, you will complete a finished woodcut block and have a finished series of prints and several artist proofs. This workshop is perfect for those of you who have always wanted to create prints, but didnt know where to start. This is a comprehensive, fast paced intensive introduction to the process of this fascinating medium. You will travel through the process of preparing a design with a drawing, simplifying the drawing to suit the medium of woodcut printing, and transferring the image to your woodblock. The next steps include preparing the block and digging in, literally, carving your design. You will be printing by hand using a spoon and barren and then editioning and signing your finished work. Although in this course the focus will be on woodcuts, the comparison with other relief printing methods such as wood engraving and linocuts will be explained and discussed. Having a complete edition created in just two days will be an accomplishment on its own, but you will also gain the knowledge and skills to replicate the process of carving and printing over and over again. Because the printing is done by hand, the tools you will need to complete this process on your own are minimal and there is no equipment needed.
Papermaking: Basics and Beyond
8th-9th June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Tom Balbo
This class is designed for the beginner, the novice and the highly experienced papermaker alike. Thats right, we are talking about YOU! Tom Balbo is a favorite instructor amongst Morgan workshop students with the same group coming back year after year. If you are a beginner, he will be there to guide you through the process of western papermaking and if you are experienced, he will be on hand to answer your specific questions about the craft. You will be experimenting with cotton, abaca, and flax fibers, learning their traits and how they work both with and against each other in final pieces of art. Additional projects include using pigmented fiber for pulp painting, freehand and with stencils, using our deckle box to create atmospheric color washes and adding inclusions into the paper using a variety of techniques. Bring your ideas and questions and let the workshop be your guide to a weekend of amazing papermaking. This workshop is all about creativity and pushing the medium of paper in directions you didnt think were possible.
The Book Deconstructed: Understanding Book Structures Inside Out and Outside In
8th June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by George Barnum
Bookbinders, book artists, conservators, curators, bibliographers, and library technicians all approach the book from their own point of view, but share an understanding of the basic structures that make a book a book. This workshop will examine the modern codex, identify its working parts, talk about the terms used to describe it, and explore its structure. You will explore the book from the inside out by making one or two simple books and the outside in by discussing types and styles of binding from the point of view of their construction and repair. The workshop would be especially useful if you are an aspiring bookbinder interested in the fundamentals of bookbinding, or a library technician who maintain collections of books and periodicals. You will leave this one-day class with one or two simple books that will provide inspiration for future projects and provide the foundation knowledge you need to further explore more complex binding techniques and restoration projects.
Your Ideas, Your Paper, Your Books
13th-16th June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Deborah Howe and Amanda Degener
Amanda Degener and Deborah Howe will lead an in-depth exploration of paper and binding, creating special papers for special books over the course of four days. Degener will be your instructor in the paper studio. Get ready because you are going to be making LOTS of paper! You will use Belgian flax and apply a wide variety of surface treatments such as gelatin resist, walnut husk and/or indigo dye, pigments, Orizome or Shibori which is a fold and dip Asian dye technique and Suminagashi which is a water-based Japanese tree ring type pattern. It will be highly encouraged that you interpret these techniques through your own experimentation. Your final papers will have a rich variety of dark colors and a leather-like strength and feel and some will have a bit of foil or mica for a little flash. After the paper dries, you will transition into the bindery with Howe to create a series of book structures beginning with simple forms including pamphlets and accordions and then move on to more complex structures such as multi-signature hard covers covering both adhesive and non-adhesive formats. You will leave this workshop with a series of models and books constructed from your own handmade paper. Hands-on class work will be bolstered with handouts and examples of artist books. This workshop will cover many historical and experimental processes that will inform and challenge beginners, teachers and experienced artists alike. There will be an optional Tai Chi/Chi Quiong movement class every morning in the Kozo Garden prior to the start of the workshop.
Three Times Around the Carousel Books
22nd-23rd June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Emily Martin
Here is your chance to make books based on a deeply rooted history with an eye-popping, sculptural esthetic. This two-day workshop will introduce three methods of constructing carousel books, also known as star books. A carousel book is a three-dimensional form that can be viewed section by section and also opened fully to create a book in the round. Developed in the Victorian era for use as souvenirs or novelties, this format is now mostly used in childrens books. But why should they have all the fun? You will be introduced to a window style of carousel book, a wall and floor style that allows for pop-ups, and a hybrid devised by Emily Martin that features elements of both methods of construction. You will learn the simple geometry of carousels while constructing your own models and will be able to use you own drawings, photographs, rubber stamps, collages and more as embellishments to make them uniquely yours.
The Poetics of Narrative: Pulp Paint and Collage
29th-30th June 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Jo Stealey
Would you like to expand ways you approach your work or discover new ways to utilize materials, processes, and imagery? This workshop will focus on innovative ways to develop narrative and conceptual ideas through surface explorations on handmade paper using under beaten and overbeaten abaca. You will explore a variety of pulp painting and collage techniques on newly formed handmade paper, both wet and dry. Techniques such as washes, pattern, texture, and imagery will be covered using pulp paint and mixed media processes. Once the paper has dried we will continue to expand the concepts and meaning in the work through a variety of creative problem solving exercises utilizing mixed media collage. Techniques explored will be tearing, cutting, stitching, watercolor pencils, oil sticks, pastels, acrylic and more! You will come away with a series of small handmade paper collages that combine techniques and materials that you are familiar with, those that you have never used before and those that you have found new and exciting ways to incorporate.
Box Making Fun with Book Boards
13th-14th July 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Steve Pittelkow
Measure, cut, assemble, cover. Thats how to make a box. But suppose you want a gently curved cover or an 8 sided box. This workshop will teach you to use conventional materials to make extraordinary work. Book board can be teased into shapes to make stunning, yet useful boxes. In this class, you will cover the basics of measuring (with just a bit of geometry) and cutting, then assemble two boxes: a hexagonal box with trays and a box shaped like a Chinese lantern. Patterns for other shapes will be offered for further study. In addition, you will receive a very handy book board thickness gauge/square to take home. This is a great way to expand your skills and understanding of materials so that you can continue your exploration of box making far beyond this weekend!
Plant Alchemy AS Paper and ON Paper
20th-21st July 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Velma Bolyard
In this workshop you will make plant papers as well as learn the gentle art of ecodyeing. You will learn fiber characteristics that are ideal for plant papers that can also be used for ecodyeing. This is your chance to experiment with botanicals such as Day Lily and Slippery Elm on your quest for natural ways to pigment and pattern your papers. You will experiment with ecodyeing on Arches paper and our own sheets. Towards the end of the weekend, Velma will teach you one or two ways to transform your individuals sheets into book structures that are perfect for showcasing your work.
Armatures and Couching Stands: Two Ways to Paper Sculpture
26th-28th July 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Frank Brannon
The class will focus upon the exploration of two different forms of paper sculpture. One method will involve a cloth muslin armature filled with sand. You will use dampened sheets of handmade paper to cover the armature using methyl cellulose as the adhesive. In the second form of sculpture, you will work directly on the papermill couching stand to initially form the sculpture, and with the use of sunlight and other sources of heat, convert the form from two-dimensional to three-dimensional. Using various papermaking fibers, you will begin your work by learning the basics of papermaking, how to handbeat fibers, and gain an understanding of the basic operation of a Hollander beater. Valuable information will be provided to you if you are an educator interested in teaching these processes or an artist that would like to continue to explore the realm of paper as sculpture.
Korean Papermaking and Hanji Crafts
3rd-4th August 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Aimee Lee
Korean papermaking, descended from China and a precursor to Japanese papermaking, has a long and illustrious history. With the rise of industrialism and modernization, it receded into obscurity but is still practiced today in countryside mills, producing hanji (Korean handmade paper). Aimee Lee, the leading US hanji researcher, will guide you through the process of preparing fiber from mulberry bark, making large sheets (2 x 3 feet) using the unique side-to-side Korean formation method, and drying hanji. You will also learn the basics of the traditional ssangbal technique to make smaller sheets. To compliment your papermaking skills, you will be introduced to joomchi, which is paper felting, and jiseung, which is paper weaving. This class is an excellent introduction to eastern papermaking and its applications, and makes use of the Morgans Anne F. Eiben Hanji Studio, the only Korean papermaking facility in North America.
Big Ass Papermaking Part II
9th-11th August 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Julie McLaughlin
Previous experience is not necessary for this 'hands-on, feet-in' workshop as it returns for another exciting weekend of extreme papermaking. Not only will you leave this workshop with a passion for papermaking, but with several sheets of 6x9 kozo paper and other smaller-yet-still-large sheets made from kozo and abaca fibers. Some workshop time will also be devoted to using Procion and indigo dyes before and after sheet formation. Kakishibu will be introduced, which will create water resistant, earth-toned papers. You will be encouraged to bring inclusions such as threads, bits of fabrics, even other papers to use when making the more individual 'smaller' sheets. Discussions on artistic uses for these large sheets will be ongoing throughout the workshop. This is a workshop that just couldnt be fully completed in two days, so join us for three, make paper, work together, learn lots and have an awesome time!
Paring Leather for Books
10th-11th August 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Cris Takacs
One of the highest quality materials to use when repairing or constructing books is leather, but its also one of the hardest materials to master. Over this weekend, you will learn how to thin leather for many different applications. You will have the opportunity to use the Scharf-Fix Paring Machine, paring knives, scalpels and sanding blocks. You will make a leather covered plaquette decorated with an onlay, an inlaid leather piece, a leather label for a book and a leather headband which can be taken home and applied to a book or may be applied to a book in class. The skills you will learn in this workshop will carry on throughout your future book restoration and construction projects. No experience is necessary so you can come ready to learn, but if you have already has some experience working with leather, you can come with questions.
Unusual 3D Techniques for Paper
23rd-25th August 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Melissa Jay Craig
Unusual 3D Techniques is a fast-paced, fun, information-packed class that includes a few short lectures and a series of demonstrations which will accompany plenty of hands-on papermaking and sculpting time. Melissa Jay Craig will share some of the techniques she uses to create her sculptural works, as well as other intriguing methods that are used specifically for kozo and high-shrinkage fibers. The creation of molds, armatures, and mounting strategies to make free-standing or wall-mounted paper sculptures will be demonstrated, as well as the use of fiber-reactive dyes for vibrant color. You will leave this three day workshop with several 3D paper sculptures and the capability and inspiration for making many more. The Morgan does sell fiber and pulp so you can continue to practice these techniques after our weekend together has ended. If you are interested in sculpting with paper, we highly encourage you to consider taking this workshop as well as Armatures and Couching Stands with Frank Brannon that runs July 26th through the 28th.
Carving a New Groove
7th-8th September 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Claudio Orso
This workshop will be an in depth exploration of printmaking. We will focus on the woodblock, but also explore other printmaking methods such as collograph, wax carvings and monoprints. Claudio Orsos classes always start with a discussion of concepts, printed examples of historic and modern works and lots of enthusiasm. There is a reason people take his class year after year. Given so many options of tools and materials and the highly creative atmosphere, you will never feel that you are taking the same class twice. You will experiment with relief printing using spoons and presses and improvise with ink and pattern repetition. Claudio will bring in his Dremmel and Automach tools for you to use along with the traditional gouges and v-parting tools. You dont need to come with printing experience, but and open mind and some ideas for designs are a must so we can get into the action right away. You can expect to leave this weekend workshop with a selection of prints. You may want to push your concept or theme by carving a variety of blocks to print. Alternatively, you may want go beyond your comfort zone by using different types of carving tools and printing on different types of paper. This workshop is designed to give you both instruction and freedom.
GANG UP: So many pages, so little time!
14th-15th September 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Michael Gill
If youre making a book, you could print one page at a time or you can compose your forms to print them in quantity. In this workshop, you will be making the pages of a small chapbook with just two impressions - front and back. Thats right, you will learn to use the Vandercook presses in our print studio and make a series of completed books in just one weekend. The Morgan has a vast array of wooden and metal type for you to choose from when designing your work. You will compose two forms, print on the front and back of sheets of paper, and cut them into pages. The workshop weekend will conclude with you finishing your books using a saddle stitch process. This is a great follow up workshop to last years One Page - One Book and this years The Broadside of the Vandercook both taught by Michael Gill. With experience on the Vandercooks, you can start to consider designing and printing custom greeting cards, business cards, invitations and books.
Exploring Every Angle: Complex Effects with Simple Book Forms
14th-15th September 2013 - 10.00-16.00
Instructed by Sharon Sharp
You can explore surprisingly complex design possibilities using just simple book forms that have angled parts. On day one of this two-day workshop, you will create three or more variations of a flower-fold book, a form that involves folding and gluing. You will learn to use every angle of each book to achieve a variety of very different effects with the content, both words and images. On day two, you will make three or more back-to-back accordion books, which are ones that involve folding and simple stitching. You will explore ways of revealing both the interior and exterior spaces so that light and shadow enhance your content. Using quick, guided techniques such as stamping, adding line drawings, and writing by hand, you will create content variations poised to come alive as you form the books. By learning to highlight every angle of these book forms, you will find one idea sparking dozens more.
Further information on the booking, instructors, costs and material requirements
can be found on the Morgan Conservatory web site.
This is the class list for the Schools upcoming 2013 classes.
1st-2nd June 2013: Introduction to Titling and Tooling
10th-14th June 2013: Introduction to Leather Binding
17th-21st June 2013: Full Leather Binding
15th-19th July 2013: Foundations of Hand Bookbinding
22nd-26th July 2013: Introduction to Case Binding
10th-14th September 2013: Introduction to Leather Binding
17th-21st September 2013: Full Leather Binding
21st-25th October 2013: Cloth Binding Conservation 28th October - 1st November 2013: Leather Binding Conservation
For more information about individual classes or tuition and housing fees, please visit the website at www.donrashfinebookbinder.com.
You probably already know that Urchfont Manor, which hosted bookbinding courses for many years, has now closed. With the approval of Maureen Duke, who tutored the Urchfont courses for many years and built up the very full complement of equipment, we are delighted to let you know that a new host for the bookbinding courses has now been found at Dillington House. It is not far from Taunton, about 10 - 15 minutes from Junction 25 of the M5. The Director and staff at Dillington are very positive about having the bookbinding there, and virtually all the equipment that was at Urchfont will be moved to Dillington. The timetable will also be the same as that at Urchfont.
Four courses are planned for 2013, as follows:
1st - 5th July
9th - 13th September
25th - 29th November
The tutors will be those who had been due to teach at Urchfont,: John Jameson, Sarah Jarrett-Kerr, John Pursey and Angela Sutton (specific course tutors to be confirmed). In addition, there are two events in the immediate future (details below).
Dillington is a lovely place, and although the courses are somewhat more expensive than Urchfont, the food is very good (we have tried it!), the accommodation is five star, and there has been substantial recent investment in a new building which includes accommodation and stunning new studios, so Dillington seems to have a secure future!
We do hope that you will support this new venture not only next year, but particularly in two ways right now: firstly by sending your contact details to Dillington (via the website above) so that they can add you to the mailing list to receive all the details of the coming courses and secondly by considering coming to either of the two events below which we hope will be well supported and enjoyed despite the short notice. Dillington is taking bookings for both of these now, and we know they have already had some people book on the November course, which is great news.
Karen Vidler established Book Conservation Services (previously Karen Vidler Book Conservation) in 2006. She is a book conservator with over 15 years experience in the conservation and restoration of books. She is also a qualified bookbinder as well as specialist in the conservation and care of leather bindings.
Karen has several years experience in delivering conservation and restoration training and is pleased to offer the workshops below. Each workshop is intended for students of bookbinding or conservation courses as well as qualified book conservators, paper conservators or archives conservators. All workshops take place at the Northampton studio and run from 10-5 pm each day to allow participants time for travel. Karen and her staff are happy to help participants find accommodation during the workshops and lunch is provided.
Please contact Karen for further information on the workshops at firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop 121: Conservation of Leather Bindings
Description: This four-day workshop is designed to give an overview of the specific conservation needs and techniques for the conservation of leather bookbindings. Teaching is delivered using lectures, demonstrations and practical work to be completed by the participants under the supervision of our Senior Book and Paper Conservator, Karen Vidler.
Course will include:
- Manufacture and deterioration of leather
- Documentation and examination
- Ethics and treatment options
- Treating degraded bookbinding leather
- Board reattachment techniques
- Leather dyeing and paring for repairs
Dates - Over two weekends by mutual agreement. Course will be repeated throughout the year depending on numbers
Max - 4 participants
Cost - £300 p.p. includes materials (15% discount for students, proof required)
Location - Northampton, NN1, UK
Workshop 122: Individual Book Conservation Training
Description: This four-day workshop focuses on individual book conservation projects presented by the participants. They will be given individual instruction in treatment and repair options and demonstrations in performing the conservation work to be completed under the supervision of the Senior Book and Paper Conservator, Karen Vidler. Karen will discuss each project with the participant before the commencement of the workshop.
Course will cover information and techniques that arise from the individual projects.
Dates - Over two weekends by mutual agreement. Course will be repeated throughout the year depending on numbers
Max - 4 participants
Cost - £300 p.p. includes basic materials (15% discount for students, proof required)
Location - Northampton, NN1, UK
Further information about Book Conservation services can be found at the website www.bookconservationservices.co.uk
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 email@example.com or 07929 549 140 for details and bookings.
Established 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.
For more information go to: www.nbss.edu
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:
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
Making and binding your own sketchbook with professional book binder Nicky Oliver
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments
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
There are available a variety of courses, which run through out 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 or view the web site at www.farthingpress.plus.com
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.
For those wishing to learn bookbinding, The Otter Bindery offers classes, for all levels from beginners upwards. For further details please check the website www.otterbookbinding.com or telephone 01932 845976. The classes diary can be found here
Subjects covered include paper repair, book restoration, gold finishing, box making and fine binding, contemporary styles, traditional styles and wooden bookbinding.
Otter Bindery workshops are available to tutor groups, schools, art centres, businesses and institutions.
For over nine years, Douglas Mitchell has been holding various workshops covering all aspects of Paper Conservation and Book Restoration at Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. They are held three times a year at a beautiful location in the Lake District and are residential. For details contact Doug Mitchell on firstname.lastname@example.org or the colleges website, Higham Hall.
Other residential courses during the year are held at Reaseheath College Cheshire and Knuston Hall Northamptonshire. He also holds one day workshops in Suffolk, (Judith Viesner studios), London (SOB London region) and at Knuston Hall Northamptonshire.
Doug is a City and Guilds, Apprenticed Bookbinder, working at The British Museum and Foreign Office binderies and currently working as a Book and Paper Conservator and Gold Leaf Finisher at The British Library with 40 years experience.
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 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