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Volume 27 - Spring 2009


 
 

Study Opportunities

 
Joint Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders Weekend Workshops

The fifth series of workshops offered jointly by Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders for 2008/09 is announced as follows:

21st - 22nd March 2009
Forwarding Techniques: From Tradition to Innovation Tutor: Mark Cockram Venue: Conway Bindery, Halifax

All courses cost £120 plus a materials fee.

For further information with full details of each workshop, tutors, registration and booking forms please see the societies' websites below: www.designerbookbinders.org.uk/teaching
or
www.societyofbookbinders.com/events

North-East and Scottish Regions of the Society of Bookbinders

Will be visiting the Hewit Tannery on the 25th April. Further details of this visit are available from www.societyofbookbinders.com

City Lit, London

Course Title: Gold Tooling on Leather and Paper (VD200)
Course Tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Dates: 21 April - 16 June 2007 Day & time: Tuesday, 10.00 - 16.30
Location: City Lit, Keeley street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA
Enrolment: 0207 831 7831
Email: infoline@citylit.ac.uk
Website: www.citylit.ac.uk

About the course: On this structured gold tooling course you will plan and execute a design for a book, possibly incorporating titling with handle letters. This course is for all levels of ability; it is suitable for beginners, those who would like to take a refresher course on the subject, as well as being suitable for those who are more experienced; who would like assess to finishing equipment, regular tutorials and to have the tutor oversee a particular finishing project. Basic materials included.

GAS: Garage Annex School for Book Arts, Easthampton, MA, USA

NEW PROGRAM - We are pleased to announce our new program, the Summer Institute. The subject of the 2009 Summer Institute is leather bookbinding, including cover design techniques such as leather onlay and dyeing, gold tooling, and stamping. Students will produce full leather bindings as well as a series of models at various stages of completion. This is a six-week, full-time course of study. The instructor is Daniel Kelm, and the dates are June 22-July 31. Please visit our web site for detailed information, and contact us with your questions.

WORKSHOPS
Introduction to Paper Conservation; James Reid-Cunningham; March 28-29
Our spring season will open with a new workshop from Jim Reid-Cunningham. Many of you have been requesting more opportunities to study conservation so we hope you will be excited to come to Introduction to Paper Conservation. The course is aimed both at beginners and at those with training and experience in paper repair who are interested in expanding their range of treatments.

Double-Raised Cords Meets the Gutter Wire; Daniel E. Kelm; April 18-19
Next on the schedule is Daniel Kelm's Double-Raised Cords Meets the Gutter Wire. This workshop may have a cryptic title, but if you read the workshop description we think you'll be impressed how this binding structure successfully addresses so many of the challenges binders face. Participating in this workshop will help you learn how to think effectively about book structure.

Visual Poetry; Pamela Moore; May 2-3
We are very pleased to welcome Pamela Moore to GAS for the first time. She will teach Visual Poetry, a workshop in which you will focus on how to translate the verbal elements of poetry and prose into a visual language. You will consider the use of the senses, the elements, geometric and organic shapes, movement, metaphor, and light as means of communication. You will examine a wide variety of materials and discuss the symbolism of your aesthetic options. Through this process you will become familiar with a range of potential solutions to design challenges that will inform the content of your projects. Please be sure to look at the gallery of her work to get a feeling for the depth of this fine book artist.

Paste Papers: Color Theory, Production, and Matching Colors for Repairs; Julia Rabin; May 30-31
Next up we welcome another teacher to GAS for the first time—Julia Rabin will teach Paste Papers: Color Theory, Production, and Matching Colors for Repairs. Come take advantage of Julia's extensive experience in architectural paint conservation and the teaching of decorative painting (her life before 2000 when she turned full time to books). We are sure you'll have an excellent time making beautiful papers and learning all about color.

Creating Decorative Papers on the Etching Press; Leni Fried; June 20-21
We are also offering another opportunity for you to make very special, unusual decorative papers. Leni Fried will welcome you to her printmaking studio when you take Creating Decorative Papers on the Etching Press.

Letterpress Basics; Art Larson; July 11-12
Art Larson is offering his two-day Letterpress Basics—a fine introduction or review. This was very popular last year when Art offered it for the first time. Art is a wonderful teacher and his studio is beautiful.

The Book Restructured—Wire Edge Binding; Daniel E. Kelm; August 15-16
Every few years Daniel Kelm offers the opportunity to learn basic wire edge binding. 2009 is such a year when Daniel will teach The Book Restructured—Wire Edge Binding. Come find out what all the fuss is about. Wire edge binding will add an important skill to your bookbinding arsenal since it is so appropriate for sculptural books as well as for codices that need to open flat.

Book Repair and Restoration for Beginners; Dea Sasso; September 19-20
This is a banner year at GAS with yet another fine teacher gracing our school for the first time. Dea Sasso will teach Book Repair and Restoration for Beginners. We've had many requests from persons wanting to begin to learn basic repairs. Here's your chance!

Two Days, Two Boxes; Barbara Mauriello; October 3-4
Barbara Mauriello will return in the autumn to teach Two Days, Two Boxes. Barbara is such a skilled and welcoming teacher that you might not even realize how very much you are learning because you are having such a delightful time.

A Book of One's Own: Versatile Journal & Sketchbook Designs; Linda Lembke; November 7-8
Also in the fall, just when you need to get your 2010 calendar up and running, Linda Lembke will teach A Book of One's Own: Versatile Journal & Sketchbook Designs. Linda is a master teacher with a loyal following. She is known for her thoughtful instruction and her thoroughness. Participants always leave Linda's workshops with many useful designs and structures.

Asian Albums; Amaryllis Siniossoglou; November 21-22
And just when you might want to be creating colorful and unusual gifts, you can come to Asian Albums with Amaryllis Siniossoglou. Amaryllis is another teacher who goes the extra mile (or two or three) for her students. Come let her inspire you.

Wooden-Leaf Books; Pamela Spitzmueller; December 5-6
And what would a year of workshops at GAS be without a fine contribution from Pamela Spitzmueller? This year she will teach Wooden-Leaf Books. This workshop serves diverse audiences: those of you interested in historical structures as well as you book artists who will enjoy learning these structures for your own work.

Please visit our web site for detailed information: www.GarageAnnexSchool.com

In addition to their annual schedule of workshops, Daniel Kelm offers private instruction

Society of Bookbinders - London & South Region - Programme for Spring 2009

21st March - Christopher Harvey: Decision Making - Conservation Binding at the College of Arms Library
Christopher Harvey graduated with a Degree in Conservation from Camberwell in 1993 and a Masters in 1997. He has worked for Lambeth Palace Library, English Heritage, The National Trust, Perth Museum and Art Gallery. For six years he ran a private conservation workshop before taking up the post of Head of Conservation at the College of Arms, London in 2004. He has lectured in the UK and abroad. Since 2001 he has been associate lecturer to the conservation courses at Camberwell, teaching in the specialisms of Book Conservation, and Photographic Conservation.

The masterclass will be centred on aspects of the conservation decision making process undertaken at the historic but working library at the College of Arms. The talk will be illustrated with case studies and practical examples. Bring & Buy Sale All members are invited to bring any unwanted tools, materials, or objects they have made, and to donate a percentage of the proceeds to regional funds. The sale will take place throughout the day.

All Masterclasses run from 10.30am - 3.00pm with a half-hour break for lunch at 12.30.
Both masterclasses and visits are £6 for members £12 for non-members.
If you wish to attend a masterclass or require further information, please contact the treasurer, Ray Newberry on ray.newberry@ntlworld.com

Rare Book School, University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA

In 2009, Rare Book School (RBS) will offer about 25 five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning book history, old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. Applications are available on the RBS website . New and recently introduced course offerings include:

22-26 June - (H-65) Intro to the History, Collection, Description, & Use of Maps taught by Alice Hudson (New York Public Library

8-12 June - (G-20) Bibliographers' Toolkit: Printed Books to 1800 taught by David Whitesell (American Antiquarian Society)

8-12 June - (G-30) Bibliographers' Toolkit: Printed Books since 1800 taught by Tom Congalton (Between the Covers Rare Books) and Katherine Reagan (Cornell)

22-26 June - (L-60) Introduction to Archives for Rare Book Librarians taught by Jackie Dooley (Research Libraries Group, OCLC Research) and Bill Landis (Yale)

20-24 July - (I-35) The Identification of Photographic Print Processes taught by James M. Reilly (Image Permanence Institute), assisted by Ryan Boatright (also IPI)

The educational and professional prerequisites for RBS courses vary. Some courses are broadly directed toward antiquarian booksellers, book collectors, bookbinders, conservators, teachers, and professional and avocational students of the history of books and printing. Others are primarily intended for archivists and for research and rare book librarians and curators.

The tuition for each RBS 2009 course is $895.

Further information about related expenses, including dormitory and hotel accommodations can be found at www.rarebookschool.org.

Maine Media Workshops - Winter & Spring 2009 classes in Design & Books Arts

Now in its 35th year as an international school for photography, filmmaking, and multimedia, the Workshops, located in the harbor village of Rockport, Maine, has introduced a series of classes for book and related media artists. Our lineup of workshops for the winter and spring season include:

  • Word & Image Mar 22-28
  • Photographic Portfolio Box Making with Amanda Nelsen Mar 22 - 28
  • Introduction to Letterpress Printing with Elias Roustom Apr 5-11
  • Letterpress Projects with Elias Roustom Apr 12-18
  • Papermaking Apr 26-May 2
  • Monoprinting Apr 26 - May 2

For complete course descriptions and registration information, please contact info@theworkshops.com

Wells Book Arts Summer Institute, Aurora, New York

Session One: July 5 - 11, 2009:
Intriguing Books: Form, Construction, and Content - Hedi Kyle
Graphic Beauty: Printing with Wood Type - Rachel Wiecking
The Wandering Mind: Beginning Design for the Calligrapher - Nancy Leavitt
Introduction to Typecasting and Monotype Composition - Michael Bixler (offered session 1 & 2)

Session Two: July 12 - 18, 2009:
Pop-up Books and Sculptural Bookbinding - Carol Barton
The Art and Craft of Letter Press Printing - Steve Miller
The Decorated Letter: Quest for the Contemporary - Nancy Culmone
Introduction to Typecasting and Monotype Composition - Michael Bixler

Session Three: July 19 - 25, 2009:
Almost French: Binding with Leather - Monqiue Lallier
The Structure of the "Livre d'artiste" Revisited - Wesley Tanner
Exploring Texture in Calligraphy - Julian Waters

For information: 315-364-3438 or ngil@wells.edu
Or download brochure at www.wells.edu

Cotswold Bookbinders

21st March 2009 - Gold Finishing Workshop. Venue. .The New Bindery at Ewen. Limited to just 6 persons. Cost £60 An intensive tutorial with Pamela Richmond tailored to suit the level of experience of each individual.

Please book in advance with
John Jameson john@cotswoldbookbinders.co.uk Cotswold Bookbinders
Oak Tree House Ewen Cirencerster, Glos GL7 6BT Tel. 01285 770458

or

Diane Waddington Dwaddi1066@aol.com

Cotswold Bookbinders Workshop Schedule, Cirecester, Gloucestershire

January - June 2009, 2nd Saturday of every month. The full day workshops are for you to pursue your own projects with any assistance necessary and with use of equipment. Each month to start the day ,there will be a demonstration of some bookbinding technique.

18th April 2009 - Demonstration Preparing leather for title labels Note change of date due to Easter weekend

9th May 2009 - Demonstration Treatment of old leather.

13th June 2006 - Demonstration Endpapers

Please let me know if there is anything you would like to do or see demonstrated.
John Jameson tel. 01285 770458
e-mail john@cotswoldbookbinders.co.uk

The School for Formal Bookbinding, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

The purpose of the School for Formal Bookbinding is to provide high quality instruction in hand bookbinding. Emphasis is placed on the understanding that a successful hand-bound book is the result of interrelated decisions about structure, technique and material at every stage of the binding process. This year the school will offer the progressive series of one week classes (Bookbinding 1 through 6); a number of weekend workshops; a one week class of enclosures, including portfolios, slipcases, and clamshell boxes; a one week workshop on edition binding and a one week workshop on design binding.

Introduction to Titling and Tooling - This class will cover type, letterspacing, preparing label leather, preparing the hot stamper and stamping both labels and covers; using the typeholder and handle letters to work directly on spines; blind tooling and gold tooling with foil and leaf on plaquettes. Each participant will get a wooden spine block to practice on and to take home. Requirements: Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. Dates: Saturday August 29 - Sunday August 30. If you are staying at the school please come late Friday afternoon to get settled in. Material Fee: $20.00

Leather Binding Conservation (bookbinding 6) This course will address the conservation of leather bindings primarily through the rebacking process; but will also address other methodologies such as Japanese paper repair and the use of handmade paper as an alternative to leather. Topics covered will include: lifting the original spine; resewing and alternatives to resewing; washing and mending; endsheet and joint considerations; sewn endbands; corner repair; board preparation and reattachment; leather preparation; rebacking; laying new inner joints and original sides, pastedowns and spine; furbishing. Students will execute two or more conservation treatments utilizing books that they will bring to class. These should be octavo or quarto, and of no more than twenty signatures each. Books for treatment should date from before 1850; before 1800 is preferable. Requirements: Potential students should have a good grasp of basic bookbinding techniques through full leather. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. They will also need a paring knife. We will provide German paring knives on request. We can also supply Middleton style lifting knives. If anyone has a Scharf-fix they are asked to bring it. Students may bring their own leather or, if desired, leather can be supplied at a small cost. Dates: Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 24. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in.

Introduction to Paper Repair Participants will learn fundamental but useful methods of paper repair, beginning with a discussion of materials, adhesives, and principles. Methods will include repair of tears with heatset tissue and with Japanese tissue and paste; washing and deacidification; infilling of lacunae with Japanese and Western papers; full leaf reinforcement with lens tissue; tape removal. Requirements: Students should have some bookbinding experience; if you are unsure please contact us. Please bring your own hand tools and books and leaves for repair. Pre-nineteenth century paper is best for practice; but if it's not available bring what you have. Don't forget a notebook and apron. Dates: Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, March 29. If you are staying at the school please come late Friday afternoon to get settled in

Foundations of Hand Bookbinding (Bookbinding 1) This class is designed for those seriously interested in beginning the study of hand bookbinding; for binders who may be self taught and want a firmer grounding in the basics or for binders who would like to brush up on their basic techniques. Please note that there will be relatively little actual bookbinding in this class; it is, rather, designed to be built on in subsequent classes. Subjects covered will be: tools and their uses; materials; adhesives; techniques including folding, cutting, gluing and pasting, equipment setup and maintenance; decorated papers; lining cloth. Projects during the week will include: accordion fold with covered boards; single signature sewn through the fold; french fold; a Japanese style notepad; a portfolio and a simple folding box. Requirements: Students will need the following tools: bone folder, utility knife or scalpel, scissors, brush(es) for glue or paste, dividers, notebook and apron. If you have your own please bring them; we will also have tools available for purchase. Please contact us regarding the costs. We have scheduled the Foundations and Case Binding classes so that students who wish to take both can do so at a reduced tuition and housing cost. Dates: Monday April 20 - Friday April 24 and Monday October 12 - Friday October 19 - 23. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in. Materials Fee: $15.00

Introduction to Case Binding (Bookbinding 2) This is the basic bookbinding class and builds on the skills taught in the Foundations class. We will begin with discussions of the structure and function of the sewn codex, then proceed from endsheet considerations through sewing and spine consolidation, then to the German four-piece case which is fitted to the textblock before being covered, and finally casing in. If time permits there will be an introduction to titling with the Kensol hot stamper. Participants will execute at least two case bindings during the class. These will be blank books of new paper, in order to eliminate the distractions and difficulties inherent in rebinding an existing textblock. Please do not bring books for rebinding to this class; that will be the subject of another course. Requirements: Students should have taken the Foundations of Hand Bookbinding class or an equivalent. We have scheduled the Foundations and Case Binding classes so that students who wish to take both can do so at a reduced tuition and housing cost. . Please contact us if you have questions in this regard.Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. Dates: This class will be offered Monday, April 20 - Friday, April 24 and Monday October 12 - Friday October 12 - 16. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in.

Introduction to Inlay and Onlay This class will introduce students to the techniques of inlay and onlay. Inlay is the process of insetting pieces of leather into the covering leather. Onlay is the use of very thinly pared leather adhered to the covering leather. All the work will be done on maquettes. Students will need to bring hand tools, apron and notebook. If you have leather please bring it; otherwise we'll probably have enough here to use. If you have questions please contact us. Materials Fee: $15.00 Dates: Saturday May 16 - Sunday May17. If you are staying at the school please come late Friday afternoon to get settled in.

Introduction to Leather Binding (Bookbinding 4) This class will intrduce the students to the use of leather in binding through both millimeter bindings and tightback bindings. Aspects to be covered include: endpaper variants; sewing on flat and raised cords; embroidered endbands; edge treatments; leather paring; covering; titling. Students will execute two or more bindings utilizing textblocks that they will bring to class. These should be either new unsewn octavo or quarto textblocks or texblocks that have been pulled and mended, and of no more than ten signatures each. Blank signatures of new paper are also acceptable. Requirements: Students should have completed the Case Binding class or an equivalent. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. They will also need a paring knife. We will provide German paring knives on request. If anyone has a Scharf-fix they are asked to bring it. Students can bring their own leather or, if desired, leather can be supplied at a small cost. Dates: Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in. Materials fee: $25.00

Full Leather Binding (Bookbinding 5) Participants in this course will execute one or more full leather bindings on textblocks of their choosing. These will be formal bindings in the German tradition, with leather jointed zigzag endpapers; sewn either on flat cords, raised cords, or a combination of the two; top edge treatment; choice of either tightback or German tube; covered in Nigerian goatskin; modestly tooled and titled. If possible textblocks should be new in sheets, but students can, alternatively, pull a bound book, mend as needed and bring to class. Books should be quarto or octavo and between ten and twenty signatures each. Students should also have an idea of any design aspects they would like to address and have purchased sufficient paper for endsheet sections and pastedowns and sufficient leather for inner joints and covering. Feel free to contact us about any of these points for clarification. Requirements: Potential students should have a good grasp of basic bookbinding techniques through quarter leather. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. They will also need a paring knife. We will provide German paring knives on request. If anyone has a Scharf-fix they are asked to bring it. Dates: Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 25; if necessary we will extend the class to Saturday, June 21 at no extra expense. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in.

Cloth Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 3) This class will address the repair and conservation of cloth bound books. Topics to be covered include: resewing and alternatives to resewing; pulling; fold and tear mending; preparing case for repair; preparing new spine cloth; rebacking; repairing corners; new inner joints; furbishing. Students will execute two or more conservation treatments utilizing books that they will bring to class. These should be octavo or quarto, and of no more than twenty signatures each. Requirements: Students should have completed the two previous courses or have equivalent experience. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. Dates: Monday, July 13 - Friday, July 17. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in. Materials fee: $15.00

Edition Binding in Cloth and Paper Edition binding can be a challenge, and this class will address that challenge. We will begin by designing a structure and design for a particular textblock, then make a mockup, build jigs, and batch the processes in order to streamline the production process. For this class the school will provide textblocks printed by the Press of Appletree Alley, and the participants will bind a run of thirty copies. Each student will keep two of the copies. Requirements: Potential students should have a good grasp of basic bookbinding techniques. Students should bring their own hand tools, notebook and apron. Dates: Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21. If you are staying at the school please come late Sunday afternoon to get settled in. Material Fee: $15.00

Tuition is $200 for two-day classes; $500 for five-day classes; $800 for ten-day classes. Any material fees are listed with each class. A deposit is requested to hold a place in a workshop: $50 for a weekend, $100 for longer classes. Deposits should be received, at the latest, two weeks before the class runs. We will also need to know whether housing is needed. Fees are payable by check, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover. h o u s i n g Housing is available for all students, if desired, in either the two bedroom apartment in the shop building (52 Burke St.) or in the three bedroom house just around the corner (35 Powell St.). Both dwellings are furnished, with fully equipped shared kitchens and shared baths. The cost is $40 for two-day classes, $100 for five-day classes; $200 for ten-day classes.

Further information is available from www.donrashfinebookbinder.com

Bookbinding in Gloucestershire

All ability courses/workshops in new or repair binding

Chipping Camden - Two Day Workshops
Tuesday 31st March Wednesday 1st April - 10.00am - 4.00pm - £60.00 for two days £35.00 for one day
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th August - 10.00am - 4.00pm - £60.00 for two days £35.00 for one day
Thursday 29th & Friday 30th October - £65.00 for two daysa and £37.50 for one day

Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth
5 week course
Monday March 30th, April 6th, 14th, 20th & 27th - 9.30am -2.00pm - £100.00
Monday October 26th, November 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd - 9.30am - 2.00pm - £100.00

John Pursey from Hewits will be visiting us during the courses and workshops

For further details and to enrol please contact Anne Weare 01285 760328

Historical Paste Paper Techniques at West Dean College, Sussex.

Decorated papers have been an integral part of European history for centuries. They were used not only by every bookbinder but also by cabinet makers to line cupboards, chests and boxes; and they were employed to decorate walls and ceilings. The history of the European book cannot be imagined without decorated paper. Among the many sorts, paste paper is one of the most widely spread. The simple basic techniques have not changed for at least 400 years. Nevertheless, paste paper remains the Big Unknown of decorated papers. The reason is its deceptive simplicity. To be able to ‘read' or describe an original or simply make a sheet in period style, deep insights into the mechanics (and sometimes: metaphysics) of paste paper are invaluable. One can only see what one knows.

The course is primarily a hands-on course. Theoretical aspects will be incorporated into practice or into the general discussions as far as possible.

Participants of the course can be all practitioners, scientists and researchers who need to understand the paste papers they see in books, furniture and interiors: e.g. craftsmen, restorers, conservators, historians, librarians, archivists and cataloguers.

Teacher: Susanne Krause

Date 11th-14th May 2009

The course number is PC0904. For booking and further information please visit www.westdean.org.uk

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild Winter + Spring 2009 Schedule

2009WKSP-07
Late Coptic Binding
Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 4 Sundays: Mar. 29, Apr. 5, 19, 26
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $320 members/$380 non-members*
Materials fee: $50.00 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
This four-day course will examine the materials and methods of 7th C Coptic book production. The book will have double boards of layered papyrus, tooled and incised calf covers with exposed gold leaf and painted details, and bone and silver clasps. This is bookbinding before the invention of printing or publishers or even of paper itself. The result will be a unique and beautiful book.

2009WKSP-08
Japanese Book Structures
Instructor: Brian Maloney
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, Apr. 18
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20
Prerequisites: none
Participants in this one-day workshop will learn the principles behind classic Japanese style binding structures and the techniques involved in making them. Three historic models - the Kangxi (or 4 hole binding), the Flutter Book, and the Account Book will be made.

2009WKSP-09
Millimeter Binding
Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres.
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., Apr. 18 & 19
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BookbindingII or permission of the instructor
This two-day workshop will introduce the “Millimeterband”. Common in northern Europe after WWII when materials were in short supply, the millimeter binding is still popular. Students will make one or two models, as time allows.

2009WKSP-10
Secret Belgian Binding
Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sat., Apr. 25
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Some bookbinding, boxmaking, or sewing experience or permission of the instructor
This one-day workshop introduces an historical binding attributed to the Belgians. Many options are available in the decoration of the book. This binding yields an attractive and very sturdy book with a decorative pattern of coloured waxed linen threads on the spine.

2009-WKSP-11
Pop-up Extravaganza
Instructor: Paul Johnson
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Fri., May 1
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: included in course fee
Prerequisites: none
Make a pop-up book of a haunted house, a giant's castle, or a pirate sailing boat and so much more. Some pop-ups can be made by using just scissors, but a spot or two of glue can make the kind of pop-up books seen in book stores. An exciting day of making pop-up books by one of the U.K.'s leading paper engineers.

2009WKSP-12
A Box of Fireworks
Instructor: Paul Johnson
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sat., May 2
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: included in course fee
Prerequisites: none
No one can wrest more surprise from a few pieces of paper than Paul Johnson. This class starts with participants making a paper origami box. Then they will construct an extending pop-up book that 'grows' out of the box. As the book lifts, pages pop out from the sides like a pyrotechnic display! It's great fun to make and, amazingly, requires only paper, scissors, and glue.

2009WKSP-13
The Permanently Open Page
Instructor: Paul Johnson
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sun., May 3
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: included in course fee
Prerequisites: none
Construct a 3-dimensional book that hangs on the wall instead of sitting on a shelf. Class begins with a look at books Paul has designed to display as reliefs or hung as pictures. Participants make 3D models using these techniques. Finally, several of these models are incorporated into a single book and experimenting with different paper-engineering techniques.

2009WKSP-14
Ebru - Watercolour Marbling
Instructor: Pam Belshaw
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days, Sat. & Sun., May 9 & 10
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Prerequisites: none
This workshop presents the fundamental techniques of marbling and covers the following topics: a short history of Turkish marbling; materials, tools and equipment; patterns and styles; and an understanding of what constitutes good or poor results. Participants are encouraged to develop an eye for patterns, colour, and creative combinations.

2009WKSP-15
Creating Book Cloth
Instructor: Brian Maloney
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., May 23 & 24
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: $40 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
With a little patience and skill almost any cloth can be turned to book cloth. In this workshop participants will make their own samples of book cloth, both lined and starch filled, using a vast array of fabrics, and experimenting with various ways of adding colour and texture.

2009WKSP-16
Bookbinding II Intensive
Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days: Mon. - Sat., May 25 - 30
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $480 members/$540 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BookbindingI or permission of the instructor
This six-day course introduces intermediate techniques, such as rounding and backing and sewn end bands, necessary for traditional binding structures. Participants will sew two models, completing one as a German case binding and the other as either a Bradel or split board binding.

2009WKSP-17
Decorating Washi (Japanese paper) with Books in Mind
Instructor: Sigrid Blohm
Location: The Japanese Paper Place, 77 Brock Ave.
Duration: 1 day: Sun., May 31
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
The workshop will explore washi paper. Its inherent strength, absorbency, and malleability make it an excellent choice for use in books — as covers, end papers, or even text block. Participants will experiment with some traditional Japanese techniques such as shibori (shaped resist, including orizome or fold-dyeing), momi-gami (crumpled paper) as well as mono-printing, direct painting and other more free-form mark-making. A variety hand- and machine-made washi and an assortment of dyes and water-based paints will be available. Konnyaku starch for adding strength to some papers both before and after dyeing will be used.

2009WKSP-18
Lightweight Boxing
Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 evening: Fri., June 5
Hours: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Course fee: $40
Materials Fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
In this evening workshop, participants learn to make an attractive drop-spine box covered with bookcloth and chiyogami. No previous box making experience is necessary for this workshop.

2008-WKSP-19
Heavyweight Boxing
Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sat., June 6
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials Fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Lightweight Boxing or some bookbinding or box making experience, or permission of the instructor
Make a lovely tower box with 4 separate compartments and a lid. Learn how to make proper hinges, how to cover boxes neatly, and how to fit boxes properly. This box will be covered in chiyogami and bookcloth.

2009 WKSP-20
Leather Workshop
Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres.
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., June 6 & 7
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members/$220 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Bookbinding II or permission of the instructor
This 2-day workshop will be a comprehensive introduction to the different types of leather and paring techniques used in bookmaking.

VISITING ARTIST
2009WKSP-21
Flag Books: Interplay of Image and Text
Instructor: Karen Hanmer
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., June 13 & 14
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $300 members/$360 non-members*
Materials fee: $35 included in course fee
Prerequisites: none
In this two-day workshop students will make two different styles of flag books based on Hedi Kyle's original accordion folded spine structure. For both styles a sample will be made from kits provided by the instructor, plus a more finished book with students' imagery and hand written text as time permits. Students should bring one or more sets of three to five, related or contrasting, images printed fairly large on an 8-1/2" x 11" page, and two brief text passages per set of images. Some of these images will be photocopied before use, so choose those that will read well with some loss of detail.

2009WKSP-22
Protective Enclosures Intensive
Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days: Mon. - Fri., June 15 - 19
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $400 members/$460 non-members*
Materials fee: $35 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BookbindingI or permission of the instructor
This workshop will be of particular interest to librarians, collection care specialists and private collectors. It will introduce many methods currently used to protect book materials. Participants will make several models, such as a paper slipcase, a double tray clam shell box, a portfolio and a number of other protective enclosures.

2009-WKSP-23
Printing Intensive
Instructors: Crispin and Jan Elsted
Location: Barbarian Press, Mission BC (Accommodation information provided upon registration)
Duration: 6 days: Mon. - Sat., July 6 - 11
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Maximum 5 students
Course fee: $540 members/$600 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructors
Prerequisites: none
This six-day intensive workshop will be an introduction to hand composition, letterpress printing & design. It will begin with a brief introduction to type and typographical history, with special attention to the private press. Participants will be guided through design, handsetting, printing, and sewing of a 4- or 8-page pamphlet in an edition of a dozen copies, with detailed instruction in all the skills required. Although no prerequisite is required, those who have had previous printing experience will find the course useful, since instruction will be tailored to individual capabilities and needs.

2009WKSP-24
Bookbinding III Intensive
Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days: Mon. - Sat., July 20 - 25
Course fee: $480 members/$540 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Bookbinding II & Leather Workshop or permission of the instructor
This course introduces the advanced techniques used for traditional leather covered, fine binding structures. Participants will make two models, both with sewn headbands, attached boards, and covered in half leather. The first model will be sewn on recessed cords with a hollow tube construction; the second model will be sewn on raised cords with a tight back construction.


Further information from www.cbbag.ca

Learn to bind in Surrey

For those wishing to learn bookbinding, The Otter Bindery now offers 1st Saturday in the month bookbinding mornings, which are for all levels from beginners upwards. If you would like to come on one of these workshops please email marysa@otterbookbinding.com or telephone 01932 845976.

These workshops are designed to offer bookbinding in a relaxed cottage setting. There is no need to pre-book, but please email or phone, to confirm your attendance two days in advance so that I know numbers. The purpose of these workshops is to afford a cost effective and enjoyable half-day of bookbinding for those wishing to pursue this craft. Ideas can be discussed and projects undertaken gradually at the pace of the student with interactive discussions between tutor and students so that everyone¹s project is a learning tool for the other students. Students can start on books and continue to work on them throughout the Saturdays available.

The day starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. Students may wish to bring a packed lunch with them. The cost is £50. The dates available are below.

In addition to these workshops and subject to interest and demand, The Otter Bindery organises longer weekend workshops bringing in outside professional bookbinders with different expertises. Subjects covered include paper repair, book restoration, gold finishing, box making and fine binding. For those wishing an intensive in one of these areas please email an acknowledgment of your interest via email to marysa@otterbookbinding.com. The price for the intensive one day course is £150. This is subject to two or more individuals wishing to partake.

One day individual tuition is available by appointment between 10-4pm at a cost of £170 and half day for £85. This is for those wishing to further the craft with more tutor support. This has proved popular as a gift and Gift Vouchers are available on request. Otter Bindery is available to tutor groups, schools, art centres, business and institutions in creative bookbinding. Please ask for details and prices.

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 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 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

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