Volume 22 - Autumn 2006


Study Opportunities

Designer Bookbinders & The Society Of Bookbinders Weekend Workshops 2006-7

Welcome to the third series of joint workshops offered by Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders.

These workshops offer structured, intensive learning from established, well-respected teachers. They are designed to stress a practical approach where participants complete a structure or technique following demonstrations from the teacher. The size of each workshop is limited to allow students to benefit from individual attention.

Once again we are offering six workshops on varied topics, from traditional techniques to historical and innovative structures, in five different venues across the country.

We hope you will be tempted - and please remember that the workshops fill up quickly, so we urge you to sign up early to avoid disappointment! We look forward to seeing you in class!

Edge Gilding with Julian Thomas
Sat & Sun, 21-22 October 2006 - 10am-5pm
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Course Fee: £100 (£5 materials payable on the day)

Successful edge gilding requires patience, a thorough understanding of tools and materials, and of course, much practice.

In this workshop Julian will give a thorough introduction to the principles of the technique, beginning with the careful preparation of the cabinet maker's scraper, plough blade, and gilding boards. He will then show the preparation of egg glaire, and the chalking and cutting of the edge in preparation for laying on the gold. Particular attention will be given to the steps involved in setting, burnishing and waxing the finished edge.

Through this step-by-step process of demonstration and repetition, it is hoped that everyone will have the chance to achieve at least one, if not three finished gilded edges over the weekend. If time allows, Julian will demonstrate how to gild a deckled edge in the rough.

Each participant will be required to bring a laying press and plough to the workshop. Gold and other materials will be provided.

Julian Thomas was apprenticed at the National Library of Wales and became Head of Binding and Conservation in 1981 and Manager of the Conservation Treatment Unit in 2004. He is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation and an Instructor for the Society of Archivists. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 and is an active member of the Society of Bookbinders. He has established his own workshop at home where he undertakes book and paper conservation as well as commissioned fine bindings.


Expanding the Fold with Sue Doggett
Sat & Sun, 11-12 November 2006 - 10am-5pm
Kelly Street, London, NW1
Course Fee: £100 (£5 materials payable on the day)

A very easy way to make a book is to fold a zig-zag, but it need not end there. This workshop will consider the concertina fold as an expandable structure. Working through a series of projects designed to suit all levels we will look at folds, cut-outs, attachments, sewn techniques and other methods of creating simple to extravagant folded books. The workshop will include slides and examples to demonstrate how the fold can be used creatively to produce visually exciting artist's books.

On the first day we will concentrate on folds and cut-outs. Structures will include slotted books, panoramas and the opportunity to produce a 3-D narrative, so come along with a simple story idea to work with.

On the second day we will look at more complex structures and books within books which utilise a piano hinge mechanism to reveal a surprise hidden compartment.

Sue Doggett studied bookbinding at Oxford Brookes and Brighton Universities and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. She completed an MA in Book Arts in 1998 and has taught book arts for over fifteen years, currently on the Fine Art Combined Media course at Croydon College and at the City Lit in London.


A Drop-back Box with Leather Spine with Stephen Conway
Sat & Sun, 20-21 January 2007 - 10am-5pm
Stephen Conway Bindery, Halifax
Course Fee: £100 (£20 materials payable on the day)

Boxmaking is an essential skill in the bookbinding repertoire, both for housing rare and valuable books as well as suites of prints, drawings or ephemera. The rounded spine quarter-leather box is the ultimate in luxury, and requires accuracy in measuring cutting and covering.

In this workshop Stephen will guide participants through the steps involved in making a traditional quarter-leather drop-back box with felt linings and a rounded spine. Although, because of time constraints, everyone will make the same sized box, Stephen will begin by demonstrating how to measure a book for its box. We will then proceed to construct and cover two trays and the case which will have a rounded wooden spine, raised bands and some decoration. The box will be finished off with a handsome blocked spine label.

Stephen Conway was apprenticed at Edward Mortimer's of Halifax, and opened his own business in 1985, originally in Bradford, but now based back in Halifax. He won the Silver Medal in the Designer Bookbinders competition in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of DB in 2000. His work is held in collections worldwide and he has lectured at many venues including the Art Workers Guild in London, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and most recently at the Society of Bookbinders Training Seminar in Loughborough on the subject of edition boxmaking.


Limp Vellum Binding with Gene Mahon
Sat & Sun, 17-18 February 2007 - 10am-5pm
Spike Island Printmakers, Bristol
Course Fee: £100 (£15 materials payable on the day)

From the earliest days of printing, the limp vellum binding was favoured as a durable, portable structure - more robust and permanent than the paper cover but lighter and less expensive than full leather binding. The style was revived and refined by the Arts and Crafts movement in England, notably by Cobden-Sanderson for the first Doves Press books. This workshop will lead students through the construction of this classical historical style.

Gene will begin by showing how to line a sheet of Victorian legal vellum to make it suitable for binding. The book block will be sewn on alum-tawed thongs, with stiffened endpapers and alum-tawed endbands. Having sewn the book, everyone will make a template which will then be used to cut out the vellum cover. Careful attention will be paid to the accurate folding and creasing of the vellum, punching holes for lacing-on, and making the special locking corners.

Gene will demonstrate variations on the structure which will give participants more choices for future limp vellum binding projects.

Gene Mahon spent his first career as a designer/art director, creating the typography for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album and the design of their Apple record label. In the mid 90s he took a degree in conservation of art on paper and a Master's degree in book conservation. He currently teaches bookbinding in an adult education institute in London and is the Secretary of the London and South region of the Society of Bookbinders.


Onlay, Inlays and Scarf Joints with Peter Jones
Sat & Sun, 17-18 March 2007 - 10am-5pm
Kelly Street, London, NW1
Course Fee: £100 (£5 materials payable on the day)

In this workshop Peter will share his approach to the various techniques used for decorating with leather. Together they give the artistic bookbinder a range of choices for embellishing leather covers, and are essential skills for the production of successful design bindings.

Onlays, inlays and scarf joints give different tactile and visual results to the finished surface of the leather, and necessitate mastering the precise steps involved in planning and execution so that the desired result is achieved. Peter will begin with a discussion of how to choose the appropriate method, both aesthetically and in regard to its position on the book.

Working on prepared plaquettes, students will learn how to prepare the board for decoration, the correct working order needed for each technique, and how to design, cut out and apply the leather accurately in position. Emphasis will be given to the use of the specific tools involved - a paring knife and spokeshave, scalpel and paring machine. Please note that this workshop will be of most benefit to those who are confident paring leather and using edge tools.

Peter Jones studied Economics at Bristol University before moving to London and working in furniture restoration, leather lining of desktops and retail management. In 1985 he moved to Brighton, took up carpentry and joinery, and started learning bookbinding at evening classes. Since 1988 he has been self-employed as a carpenter, bookbinder and teacher of bookbinding. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1995 and President in 2005. He has exhibited internationally and his work is held in numerous public and private collections.


Clarisse Simon
c/o The Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Tel: (0788) 543 0245
Email: ClarisseSimon@Yahoo.co.uk

For further information please contact
Clare Prince Tel: (020) 7937 9198 - Email: clare.prince@britishlibrary.net
Dominic Riley Tel: (015395) 31161 - Email: rebound@onetel.com
Karen Vidler Tel: (020) 8893 4086 - Email: karen_vidler@hotmail.com

Copies of this brochure and workshop booking forms can be downloaded from the SoB and DB websites:

Gold Tooling Courses at City Lit., London

Course title: Gold Tooling
Course tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Dates: 2 October - 4 December 2006
Day & time: Monday, 18.00 - 21.00

Course title: Gold Tooling
Course tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Dates: 15 January - 19 March 2007
Day & time: Monday, 18.00 - 21.00

Course title: Gold Tooling
Course tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Dates: 24 April - 19 June 2007
Day & time: Monday, 10.00 - 16.30

Location for all courses: City Lit Institute, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA

For enrolment please contact: Tel: 0207 831 7831 - Email: infoline@citylit.ac.uk or visit their web site at www.citylit.ac.uk


Society of Bookbinders, London And South Region - Mastercraft Classes Autumn 2006

Saturday, 23rd September 2006 - John Jameson - Leather Dyeing. John has been trading as Cotswold Bookbinders for about 15 years. As a self-employed binder he takes on all kinds of work but restoration is what he does mostly. He has taught widely at craft centres around the South of England and Wales, runs a monthly all day workshop at Cirencester and organizes the residential Bookbinding Forum at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

John will demonstrate the use of dyes with bookbinding leather, using 3 differing types of leather dye....Hewit's aniline water based dyes, the Leather Conservation Centre's range of Sellaset dyes and lastly, spirit dyes. With the first two he will show how the dyes are mixed and prepared and how fixatives can be most useful in certain situations. John will also offer tips and wrinkles which he has learnt or developed that will assist the binder get the best results from the use of dyes. The masterclass will be of interest to those engaged in design and fine binding as well as those who enjoy restoration work. He will show how to sprinkle leather and will demonstrate making a Cambridge panel on a book.

The class will be held at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1. The following stations are within easy walking distance: Camden Town (Tube: Northern Line), Kentish Town (Northern Line and Thames Link), Kentish Town West ( North London Line):; buses C2, 46, 134 and 214 stop close by. The entrance to the venue is between 34 and 36 Kelly St and there is (limited) car parking at the rear of the building which is accessed from Kentish Town Road, near the corner with Prince of Wales Road - go through the black iron gates between shops and Pizza Express and down a private driveway to the back of the chapel building. Alternatively, parking is free to the east of Kentish Town Road on Saturdays. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are a choice of local cafes and sandwich shops within a few minutes walk.

Saturday, 28th October 2006 - Janine Pope - Decorative Techniques for Paper and Fabrics for Binders. Janine studied art at Goldsmiths College, London and later at Leeds University. After time spent teaching in Greece and the Lebanon, she returned to England, where (later) a chance encounter with Mark Lamb of Harmatan introduced her to bookbinding. For the past four years she has been a student of Maureen Duke, while at the same time running workshops in (non-traditional) printmaking both locally and at Urchfont Manor.

Janine promises 'A demonstration of many different ways for decorating paper and fabric. Using a variety of techniques including a pasta machine(!), collage, simple printmaking and printing all of which are easy to do at home and require the minimum of equipment, these techniques can be used to make endpapers, covers or even artist's books'.

The class will be held at in room C32 of Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1. The nearest Tube station is Lambeth North. The college cafeteria will be open.

Saturday, 25th November 2006 - Pamela Birch & Mel Jefferson English Stationery Binding & The Cross Structure Binding. Pamela Birch was born in Bedfordshire. After six years working for Hertfordshire Library Service she attended a course in archive conservation at the Colchester Institute Essex. On completing this she gained employment as assistant conservator at the Cheshire Record Office. Two years later she moved to her current position as conservator at Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Records Service. In 2005 she completed a Masters in Archive Administration.

Mel Jefferson was born in North Yorkshire (which is much bigger & nicer than Bedfordshire) and worked as a freelance sound engineer and record producer for 10 years before studying bookbinding at Colchester Institute. He subsequently worked as a freelance music software developer and multimedia author before concentrating on graphic design and image manipulation. He is a former editor of BOOKBINDER, and is the website manager for both SoB and DB. Mel is a sporadic binder of designed bindings and is a past winner of both societies' competitions.

In the morning session Pamela Birch will take a look at the history of English stationery bindings and will consider the use of some of the structures in contemporary bookbinding. The talk will be illustrated with examples from the collections of Bedfordshire & Luton Archives Service where Pamela has worked as Archive Conservator since 1994.

In the afternoon Mel Jefferson will give an illustrated talk on his approach to crossed-structure bindings. He will show examples of his work and explain various techniques and developments incorporated in their design and execution. Templates will be available for members to take away and use/adapt for their own crossed-structure experiments.

The class will be held at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1. The following stations are within easy walking distance: Camden Town (Tube: Northern Line), Kentish Town (Northern Line and Thames Link), Kentish Town West ( North London Line):; buses C2, 46, 134 and 214 stop close by. The entrance to the venue is between 34 and 36 Kelly St and there is (limited) car parking at the rear of the building which is accessed from Kentish Town Road, near the corner with Prince of Wales Road - go through the black iron gates between shops and Pizza Express and down a private driveway to the back of the chapel building. Alternatively, parking is free to the east of Kentish Town Road on Saturdays. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are a choice of local cafes and sandwich shops within a few minutes walk.

Saturday, 16th December 2006 - The Xmas Xtravaganza!! In which members of your considerably esteemed Committee will willingly attempt to provide a degree of education!, elucidation!, not to mention entertainment!! by delectably demonstrating for your delight many and various tips, wrinkles and thingumybobs!!, all in the service of forwarding! the unbounded! skills of our many members.

Following the demonstrations, we may - members wishing - retire to a local establishment, there to partake of seasonal food, drink and general good cheer. Please indicate on the booking form below if you would like to join in this part of the day. Thank you!

The class will be held at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1. The following stations are within easy walking distance: Camden Town (Tube: Northern Line), Kentish Town (Northern Line and Thames Link), Kentish Town West ( North London Line):; buses C2, 46, 134 and 214 stop close by. The entrance to the venue is between 34 and 36 Kelly St and there is (limited) car parking at the rear of the building which is accessed from Kentish Town Road, near the corner with Prince of Wales Road - go through the black iron gates between shops and Pizza Express and down a private driveway to the back of the chapel building. Alternatively, parking is free to the east of Kentish Town Road on Saturdays. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are a choice of local cafes and sandwich shops within a few minutes walk.

All of the Mastercraft Classes start at 10.30am and finish at 3.00pm with a break for lunch. The fee for each class is £6.00 for Society of Bookbinders members and £25.00 for non-members. For further information, please write to: Dave Perry, Treasurer S.o.B., 42 West End Avenue, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 1BJ


Garage Annex School for Books Arts, Easthampton, MA 01027

2006 - Workshop Schedule - Please visit the Garage Annex web site at www.GarageAnnexSchool.com for full workshops descriptions, instructor bios, and many images.

October 21-22 - Stationary Departures with Hedi Kyle
November 4-5 - The Royal Workshop with Linda Lembke and Jeannie M. Hunt
November 18-19 - Creating Decorative Papers by Hand with Leni Fried
December 2-3 - Thin Metal Over Boards Meets the Gutter Wire with Daniel E. Kelm

Further information on the above workshops is available from:

Greta D. Sibley
One Cottage Street #5
Easthampton, MA 01027
Tel: 413-529-0070
Fax: 413-529-0071
e-mail: greta@garageannexschool.com

American Academy of Bookbinding

Join the American Academy of Bookbinding in 2007 with two campuses in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Telluride, Colorado for top level instruction. On offer are intensive courses for beginner to advance students in conservation, fine leather binding and related subjects. Degree programs are also available. For more information visit the American Academy of Bookbinding web site or contact AAB coordinator, Margaret Cruzzavala on (970) 728-3886.

2007 Course Offerings - Ann Arbor, Michigan Campus
February 26 - March 9 - Beginning Bookbinding
March 12 - March 16 - Book Conservation: Restoration of Cloth & Leather Binding
March 19 - 30 - Book Conservation: Forwarding & Covering of Textblocks
September 17 - 21 - Alternative Decorative Techniques
September 24 - October 5 - Intermediate French Technique Binding
October 8 - 19 - Book Conservation: Treatment of Textblocks & Sewing

2007 Course Offerings - Telluride, Colorado Campus
April 16 - 27 - Beginning Bookbinding
April 30 - May 10 - Book Conservation: Treatment of Textblocks & Sewing
May 14 - 25 - Book Conservation: Forwarding & Covering of Textblocks
May 28 - June 1 - Alternative Decorative Techniques
June 4 - 15 - Advanced French Technique Binding


Leatherwork Courses with MacGregor & Michael, Tetbury. UK

MacGregor & Michael are professional designer-makers of hand-stitched leathergoods with more than 30 years experience. Their short courses build upon the techniques described in 'The Leatherworking Handbook' by Valerie Michael. The maximum number of students is five, so each person receives individual tuition. All tools are provided for use on the courses.

4th - 5th November 2006 and 2nd - 3rd December 2006 - Making hand-stitched Leathergoods
These two day introductory courses are for people with little or no previous experience and for those who want to 'go back to basics'. During the weekend students will learn:About natural vegetable-tanned leathers, their qualities & potential.How to use and maintain hand tools.How to hand-stitch with confidence and without stress.Techniques for cut edge finishing including, bevelling, burnishing and creasing. Students should complete several projects e.g. belt, belt-pouch, bag, etc; using these techniques
Full Fee: £195 Deposit: £95

Provisional Dates for 2007 and further information on the whole range of our courses, including courses on:∑

  • Decorated Leather
  • Moulded Leather Flowers
  • Leather Carving
  • Leather Boxes and Containers
  • Design and Construction of hand stitched bags
  • Wallets-Organisers-Purses

can be found on our website at www.leathercourses.co.uk or by contacting

Val Michael at MacGregor & Michael
37 Silver Street

e-mail: info@leathercourses.co.uk
Tel: ( 0044) 01666 502179

Green Heron Book Arts, Forest Grove Oregon

Andie Thrams class is now open for registration

Composition Approaches To Outdoor Work
Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2006
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost:$110 plus $10 materials fee

We will be working outdoors this time. It is often overwhelming to people when they go out and see all the complexity. This outdoor workshop will emphasize composition solutions and color mixing strategies.

To sign up for this class send your name and address and a check or credit card number and expiration date for $120 to:

Green Heron Book Arts
1928 21st Avenue
Forest Grove
OR 97116

Questions? call 503-357-7263 or e-mail pagrass@aol.com

Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town - Book Skills Course

To be held in the County Building Wigtown on 13th & 14th November 2006

Make a Simple Book - Monday 13th - 10 am - 5 pm - Suitable for the beginner and those with some experience. The project includes, paper folding, sewing, trimming, making boards and covering [a choice will be available] For those with some experience, another project, that of constructing a binding on a provided and prepared text will be available. Materials provided. Participants should have a sharp knife [Craft or Stanley type knife] and any other personal tools they think are appropriate. This day is limited to 12 participants.

Book First Aid and Repairs - Tuesday 14th - For booksellers, librarians and book collectors The actions and methods used/suggested are based upon those recommended by The National Trust Book Conservation Unit plus additional bookbinding methods. Various treatments for different binding styles and materials will be discussed. Tools, viz .bone folders etc will be available, likewise adhesives and repair materials.

Course Tutor : Maureen Duke has been bookbinding for over 50 years and she is well known internationally as a forward thinking advocate of craft bookbinding. She is an International lecturer/demonstrator and has held workshops in America, North and South, Australasia and Europe. Maureen was formerly head of bookbinding at Guildford College and still teaches weekly as a visiting lecturer at West Dean. A few years ago she became involved with the European Art Conversation Trust and works with the Society of Archivists and other professional organizations. Maureen is a past Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders and has recently been elected as their President. In addition to the courses Maureen will be giving a talk on book bindings at 8 pm Nov 13th.

Fees & Booking : Include materials, light lunch and refreshments on both days.
Nov. 13th Make a Simple Book : £35
Nov 14th Book First Aid & Repairs : £25

To register please telephone: +44 (0) 1988 402062 or e-mail : bsc@orkneybooks.co.uk

or alternatively write to:

Book Skills Course, 13 North Main Street, Wigtown Scotland DG8 9HL

The Otter Bindery in Surrey, England

Workshops 2006 - 1st Saturday of Every Month

Courses are aimed at novices up to experienced bookbinders. Our aims are to give high level instruction with two tutors to a maximum of six students in relaxing surroundings. Students will leave with enough new knowledge to continue developing skills in their own home environment.

Bookbinding/creativity courses are available to government institutions as well as commercial - if you would like a group workshop day for your company please ask for details.

About the Workshops

  • The workshops will be held in a small working bindery, The Otter Bindery
  • Fully typed illustrated notes will be available with each course.
  • Details of the tools required for each course will be given on enrolment.
  • Excellence in Bookbinding Certificate to be awarded on completion of the one day course.
  • Teas, coffees and lunch are included in the cost of the course.
  • Directions are on the website www.otterbookbinding.com or email marysa@otterbookbinding.com
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast available for those traveling from afar.
  • Cost per student £150

Details of Tutors can be found on The Otter Bindery website www.otterbookbinding.com

Please contact Marysa de Veer for further information on any of the above courses at:

The Otter Bindery
42 Hare Hill
KT15 1DT
Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1932 845976
e-mail marysa@otterbookbinding.com

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 en sure 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 studentsí 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 school's web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

Leeds College of Technology, Yorkshire, UK

Last year with great success, Leeds College of Technology, Yorkshire, UK, ran a basic craft bookbinding course. They had a good response, with eight enrolling on the course, most of who would like to move on to more advanced level. They have also had a few interested enquiries for the next basic course. This has prompted them to set up an Intermediate Craft course, which will start in February, following on from the beginners course in September. The new course will again have a certificate from NCFE after successful completion. They intend to move on to quarter and half bound case books and quarter and half bound leather bindings.

The courses will run on Wednesday evenings, 5.00-8.30 pm., 18 weeks each course. The fee will be £150 plus a small enrollment fee.

For more information: Contacts: Mick McGregor at Leeds College of Technology
Tel: +44 (0) 113 297 6438, e-mail m.mcgregor@lct.ac.uk or Student Services: tel +44 (0) 113 297 6481.

London College of Printing, London, UK

BA(HONS) Book Arts and Crafts - a course designed to develop a creative and innovative approach to the art and craft of designing and making books, as functional artifacts and art pieces.

This programme of study is unique in the United Kingdom, being the only course available specifically in book arts & crafts. The course is spread over three years, year one is mostly skills based and covers a variety of bookart areas, year two includes a range of electives allowing the student to focus on certain areas in detail. This year also includes work experience. Year three includes 2 major practical projects and a dissertation in a related area. The course starts in year one as tutor led and gradually becomes student led.

During the course visits are arranged to museums and galleries, field trips abroad and the possibility of engaging in the college exchange programme. A range of methods delivers the course: e.g. practical demonstration, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Bookart projects are practically based and detailed feedback is always given on student's work either through assessment sheets or in tutorial. Written projects are required in the Cultural Studies and Personal and Professional Development modules.

Here is an outline of each year

Year 1 - Modules include basic skills in Printmaking, Craft bookbinding, craft printing (letterpress and screen), visual studies (drawing & illustration), photography and creative bookarts. Computer studies (computer-aided design), Cultural studies and Professional development. (CS & PPD run throughout the course). Year one is intense and requires attendance over 3/4 days.

Year 2 - Modules include advanced bookart structures and fine print production, electives include advanced printmaking & illustration, design bookbinding, artist's books, historical / oriental structures, conservation techniques and CAD etc. Students may now focus on particular area or specialism and drop areas they do not wish to pursue. PPD not only helps arrange work experience, but sets up student exhibitions in various galleries and the London Artists Bookfair each year.

Year 3 - This year is assessed over 2 major projects and 2 lesser projects. You will be expected to produce a dissertation of around 5000/6000 words and produce a Major Elective Study, which is assessed by exhibition. Projects are student led, this year of the course using a supervision/tutorial system for major projects. Students also set up their own exhibition in a private gallery during this final year. Technical help and advice is always available and most tutors operate an "open door" policy for students who need one-to-one help.

Exit Profile - Over 70% of graduates find employment in areas related to the course programme,(2002). Some have gone into teaching (PGTC) some onto post graduate education, (MA Bookarts, MA Fine Art, MA Product Design and MA Publishing etc.)

This art and design course using as it does a range of 3D graphics and the book as a medium has a wide range of applications. Graduates work as makers in bookbinding, printers in Fine press (Limited Edition), printmakers, illustrators, book designers using the latest computer applications, in art departments for publishers, paper engineering (pop-ups), board-game and package design, book & card production and as exhibiting book artists.

Students have exhibited to acclaim in major galleries and won international awards in France, UK, USA and Holland. This (undergraduate) course has been generally recognised as being the best available in this field. Resources are second to none, fully equipped workshops coupled with experienced staff all of whom practice within their specialism, professionally, (e.g. printmaking is taught by Tessa Holmes, exhibiting printmaker and Visual studies by the artist Daphne Plessner)

Full-time students at the LCC (lcp) ,also have the advantage of being offered a large range of related "bolt-on" courses, free, to enhance their studies. The course is relatively small, targets for each year being only 25. The age range is from 18 years, at present there is a 65/35 ratio women to men. Retention rate is 92% (2002/03). HEFC inspection rating is 22/24. Students come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, e.g. Taiwan, Germany, France, Sweden, USA, Brazil, Spain, Greece, Japan and Korea.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the college. For full curriculum details and further information, please contact Mike Brunwin at: m.brunwin@lcp.linst.ac.uk or telephone on 0207 514 6500 (ex.6660) or write to:

UCAS entry codes;
route A Linst L65 WW27 Ba/BArts
Route B Linst L65 EW 27 Ba/BArts

London College of Communication (formally London College of Printing) School of Printing & Publishing, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB
(The London Institute becomes the "University of the Arts,London" in May 2004)

Oxford Brookes University - Evening Classes

These non-vocational classes provide an introduction to bookbinding, examining the techniques, materials and equipment needed to bind and repair books. Traditional methods are considered in conjunction with practical alternatives. Students will achieve an understanding of the requirements and processes involved in producing clean, neat, basic work. Students work at their own pace and are individually tutored.

For further information, please contact:
Ian Ross - Tutor and Organiser, Bookbinding Evening Classes
Oxford Brookes University, School of Arts & Humanities, OXFORD OX3 0BP

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 793083 or e-mail : binding@ianaross.f2s.com

Private Tuition

Bookbinding Tuition in Summerfield, North Carolina, USA

Monique Lallier, teaches in her studio at home, one-on-one or up to a maximum of 4 students at a time. She teaches every Monday, afternoon or evening or both to regular students that come every week or other week. Monique also teaches on a weekly basis for out of town students. Lessons may be booked for one week or longer at a cost of $500 per week for a 6 hours a day. In all cases, the tuition program is tailored to meet the specific needs and abilities of the student, where each student has an individual program. All aspects of bindings are taught as well as box making.

For further details, please go to Monique Lallier's web site at: www.moniquelallier.com, or e-mail her at: folium@triad.rr.com

The Otter Bindery in Surrey, England

The Otter bindery specialises in one to one tuition and small groups of a maximum of three. We offer three workshops:

Workshop 1 - Beginners - Learn about why paper folds easier one way than the other (grain direction) and it's importance as a fundamental of book binding. Then sew and create a single section note book. The course is designed for those with little or no experience but who have an interest in the craft of bookbinding. Marysa will show you various other simple projects that you can either do at the workshop or take home with you. The idea behind this is to teach you the basic skills and show you how, with minimal materials you can produce beautiful creations from your own home.

Workshop 2 - Learn how to repair a favourite paper back and take the skills home with you to carry on with minimal equipment. Following on from the above course learn some more complex structures as well as simple methods of creating photograph albums, scrap books and portfolios.

Workshop 3 - For the more experienced, an exploration into leather, the different types of leather used in bookbinding and why. You will then have an opportunity to create and cover a book in leather.

Please note the above courses are designed to run for one and two days. The workshop descriptions are a guide only. Suggestions are always welcome and changes can be made to the workshops to fit in with your requirements. Accommodation is available if travelling from afar. The Otter Bindery welcomes experienced bookbinders wishing to visit and share knowledge.

Please contact Marysa de Veer for further information on any of the above courses at:

The Otter Bindery
42 Hare Hill
Surrey KT15 1DT
Tel/Fax +44 (0) 1932 845976
e-mail marysa@deveer.co.uk

Studio Five - Bookbinding Tuition in London

Studio Five is a privately owned bookbinding and book arts studio situated in an old mews property, in Barnes, London. Whilst being only ten minutes from Hammersmith and having excellent communications, Barnes has a village atmosphere, surrounded on three sides by the river Thames, a nature reserve and Barnes Common define the other boundary.

Structured Courses for 2006
Bookbinding for beginners. No experience required. Introduction to bookbinding and box making.
Intermediate 1. Experience required - Bookbinding for beginners or similar. Multi sectional flat back and rounded and backed case binding.
Intermediate 2. Experience required - Intermediate 1 or similar. Introduction to working with leather.
Intermediate 3. Experience required - Intermediate 2 or similar. Full leather binding.

It is anticipated that on completion of the intermediate courses or practitioners with prior experience, students may wish to study more advanced techniques or specialise. Studio Five offers further structured courses in most aspects of fine bookbinding, book arts and restoration. Topics covered include South East Asian Binding, Vellum Binding, Bradel Binding, Contemporary and Design Binding, Artists Books, Type Set, paper engineering (Pop Ups) various other forms of printing and paper decoration. Class and workshop numbers are limited to four (Five in the event of a 'Hosted' workshop) ensuring near individual attention at all times. Past Studio Five members and students have gone on to full time employment in various fields within the book genre, opening studios or extending their existing skill base.

Full payment confirms workshop place. For further information regarding the workshops, courses, terms and conditions and travel details please contact:

Mark Cockram at Studio Five
The Mews 1st Floor
46 - 52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW 13 0DQ, UK
Tel +44 020 8563 2158

Bookbinding Tuition in Aberdeenshire, North East of Scotland

Newly renovated and recently re-opened Llyfr Bindery is offering tuition in all aspects and levels of craft and design bookbinding, including repair and renovation. Undertaken under professional instruction in a private, well-equipped bindery in the stunning Aberdeenshire countryside.

Weekend and week-long sessions available with in-house accommodation if required. Tuition tailored to suit the need of the individual. For further details call:

Mark Ramsden +44 (0)1651 882395
(evenings) or 07900 696862
e-mail: bookman@btinternet.com

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