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Volume 30 - Autumn 2010


 
 

Study Opportunities

 

Courses

Joint Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders Weekend Workshops

 

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The seventh series of workshops offered jointly by Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders for 2009-2010 has been announced as follows:

Single and Multi-Section Rod Bindings
20th-21st November 2010
Tutor: Peter Jones
Venue: York Minster Library

Leather Onlays and Inlays
22nd-23rd January 2011
Tutor: Derek Hood
Venue: Bath Printmakers, Larkhall, Bath

Knife Sharpening and Leather Paring
19th-20th February 2011
Tutor: John Sewell
Venue: Flora Ginn Bindery, London SW4

Gold Finishing
19-20 March 2011
Tutor: Stuart Brockman
Venue: Allen Street, London W8

All courses cost £125 plus a materials fee. Further information with full details of the workshops, tutors, registration and booking forms are available on the societies' websites:

www.designerbookbinders.org.uk
or
www.societyofbookbinders.com

Bookbinding Workshops in Wiltshire and Berkshire

The Complete Book
Location: Maidenhead
13th - 15th January 2011 and
18th - 20th October 2011
Cost: £265
In this three day workshop participants will be given a theme and then create a book from their interpretation of that topic. All parts of the book will be made and designed within the workshop including any decorated papers along side the text images. A suitable structure for the book must be thought out that compliments the materials and shows the book to its advantage. The first day will be spent preparing cover materials and working on the contents. Day two will be spent completing the text and deciding on the structure. The third day is spent on the binding. The course is suitable only for those with bookbinding skills and knowledge of structures. There is a limit of 4 spaces for this course. There will be free time to work in the evenings.

Coptic Binding
Location: Maidenhead
9th - 11th February 2011
Cost: £275
This is one of the oldest forms of binding and remains one of the most simple and beautiful. It is an elegant structure made with wooden boards attached with unsupported sewing. This longer course allows time to sew the traditional coptic headband. An initial book using paper covered boards will be made to learn the chain stitch before making a book with wood. Participants must be confident to use a hand drill.

Crossed Structure Binding
Location: Marden
12th - 13th April 2011
Cost: £140
Crossed structure bindings are a variation on a theme where the text block is sewn directly onto one cover and then the second cover weaves onto the one that has the text block attached. Various weaving patterns exist and they are used structurally and visually. We will spend two days exploring this wonderful binding, making it from paper decorated within the workshop. The bindings' design and papers' design will combine in wild and unexpected ways. Suitable for those with no experience.

Simplified Binding
Location: Marden
10th - 11th May 2011
Cost: £140
This is a versatile structure where the boards are made and covered separately from the book. A variety of materials can be used, from paper to acetate to metal, giving the binder many design possibilities and the freedom to explore techniques. The spine piece is also made from a choice of materials and the resulting combination gives a clean and elegant appearance. The innovator of the structure, Sün Evrard, says there is nothing simple about the binding, there are many steps that go into its making, it's just less involved than a fine binding. Its beauty is that it looks simple. In this workshop we will use basic materials to learn the techniques and afterwards students will be able to adapt it as they wish. Bookbinding experience required.

Folding Books I
Location: Marden
16th February 2011 and
20th April 2011
2nd November 2011
Cost: £72
Blizzard Book Workshop: the book and its cover are each constructed from a single piece of paper that is accomplished with an ingenious system of folding. We will make a small format that is ideal for holding business cards or small keepsakes. If time allows we will also make the 'crown book' a larger, modified version of the blizzard book which is useful as an album format. Suitable for those with no bookbinding experience.

Folding Books II
Location: Marden
12th February 2011 and
1st October 2011
Cost: £72
PictureBook: this is a concertina style text block that cleverly folds into pockets. The pockets can be customised to fit photographs, postcards, prints, etc. - the inserted objects become the pages. It's a very special and unique book. Covers are designed and attached separately. Suitable for those with no bookbinding experience.

Travel Journal
Location: Marden
8th June 2011
Cost: £75
This is a book that can easily be used as a diary, journal or sketch book. They are pocket sized, made from leather, have visible sewing and improve with wear and age. No special prior knowledge is needed to make this book - you will surprise yourself at the results.

Paper Engineering I
Location: Marden
23rd - 24th June 2011
Cost: £120
The Enchanted Garden - Make a delightful pop-up house and its twelve walled gardens each with interconnecting doors and labyrinthine pathways. Just one quick flick of the wrist and a flat pile of paper becomes a complex pop-up construction. All this is made possible by adapting the cellular slotted partitions used in commercial packaging to creative purposes and ends. It's quite magical - there are no folds - the whole structure is connected by paper joints and hinges. There is a maximum of 10 for this course.

Paper Engineering II
Location: Marden
25th - 26th June 2011
Cost: £120
Market Day pop-up book - This movable book is inspired by Maison de Poupee, one of the finest and most captivating "toy books" to come from France in the 1900s. We make four connecting pop-up shops - florist, toy shop, candy store and fashion shop using paper joints. The premises, which are free-standing, drop forward on canopies. The beauty of this structure is that all the items in it, from a bouquet of flowers to a tiny bag hanging from the shopkeeper's counter, are all hinged together. There is maximum of 10 for this course.

Photo Album
Location: Marden
13th - 14th July 2011
Cost: £140
Learn how to make an attractive and unique album for your photos. It has a cloth spine with decorated paper on the sides. Students can decide on their own format and number of pages. You'll never need to buy one again. Suitable for those with no experience.

Further information is available from www.bookbindingworkshops.com

City Lit Institute, London

Bookbinding into Book Art
1st - 29th November 2010
Whilst focusing on materials in relation to structure, content and context, we will look at book binding practices as a tool to sharpen artistic output. Suitable for students with basic as well as advanced binding experience.

Leather for Beginners: Simple Leather Binding
10th January - 7th February 2011
Learn about the history of tanning and get an overview of tools and techniques involved in working with leather. The main focus will be on learning how to sharpen your tools and various ways of paring.

Bookbinding for Beginners 2: A Leather-bound Book
10th January - 28th March 2011
Learn how to prepare and cover a book with an attractive quarter leather binding with decorative paper or cloth sides. You will be taught how to make endpapers, to round and back the spine, to lace-on the cover boards and how to pare and cover the spine with leather. Basic materials included.

Book Repair and Conservation: Leather-Bound Books
12th January - 16th March 2011
For students with some experience of bookbinding. Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight- and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather bindings. Basic materials included.

Leather for Beginners: Flat Back Case Bound in Leather and Paper
14th February - 14th March 2011
Explore a binding that elaborately combines leather and paper. Learn about or improve your skills in working with leather and decorate your own papers.

Book Repair and Conservation: advanced
27th April - 22nd June 2011
Ideal if you have some experience of bookbinding or book repair. Learn to construct protective cases for books, pamphlets etc and work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included.

Further information from the City Lit web site

Garage Annex School, Easthampton, MA

What does this binding have in common with a lobster? No, that's not a trick question. Really. Daniel Kelm's approach to integrating metal covers with paper text drew inspiration from outside the tradition of book arts-well outside

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Metal Binding Meets the Cover Carrier
4th - 5th December 2010
Tuition: $245 Materials: $50

If you are interested in adding metal to your book arts vocabulary please join us for Metal Binding Meets the Cover Carrier this December in the Garage Annex School's spacious classroom here in Easthampton, MA.

A beautifully articulated binding is achieved through the complete integration of all its parts.

Many metal bindings with paper text fail for one of two reasons. If a traditional structure is used to carry the metal covers, the weight breaks the binding apart. Conversely, if the metal covers are supported by a rigid spine structure the flexibility of the book is compromised.

Daniel's approach to integrating metal covers with paper text drew inspiration from outside the tradition of book arts. Surprisingly, the structures that inspired him as having the most appropriate characteristics for metal binding are those found in crustaceans and insects-entities with flexibly hinged exoskeletons supporting the soft material within.

During this two-day workshop we'll explore the requirements of combining metal with paper, and you will construct a multi-signature codex binding with metal covers.

This workshop is a variation of Daniel's previously offered Full Metal Binding. The difference this time is the construction of the cover: you will fashion a carrier board to which a 0.040-inch-thick sheet of aluminum is adhered. The paper-wrapped carrier board is designed with a spine wire for attachment to the text block.

The text block construction involves signatures that have a primary sewing similar to a pamphlet-but with the incorporation of an exterior rod with tubing spacers. A secondary sewing, beginning and ending with the covers, binds the individual pamphlet signatures together.

In and of itself, learning the concept and execution of a carrier board is worth participation in this workshop. In addition to metal panels, materials such as leather, cloth, and paper will be evaluated for successful use in the cover carrier board system.

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This and the image above are of the model you will make in this workshop

All levels of experience are welcome.

Further details available from garageannexschool.com

CBBAG Workshop Program, Toronto

2010WKSP-31
Dutch Portfolios

Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres.
Duration: 1 day: Sat., 13th Nov. 2010
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $10 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BB I, or permission from the instructor
This one day workshop will introduce the "Dutch Portfolio", commonly found in Northern Europe. A simple construction - basically of two boards laced together with tapes that tie - makes it a useful folder for storing loose papers, such as letters or bills. Participants will make one or more samples. A nice way to make gifts and use up decorative papers!

2010WKSP-32
Protective Enclosures Intensive

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days: Mon. - Fri., Nov. 15 - 19, 2010
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $400 members/ $460 non-members*
Materials fee: $35 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
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.

2010WKSP-33
Remedial Book Repair

Instructor: John Burbidge
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 day: Sat., Sun., Nov 20 & 21, 2010
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $160 members/ $220 non-members*
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
This two day course, designed with librarians and book collectors in mind, introduces the repair of damaged books to make them usable without destroying their potential to delight as books. Particular attention will be paid to cloth and paperback bindings. Participants are encouraged to bring books from their own collections which illustrate problems, and which may be used for practicing skills.

2010WKSP-34
Field Book

Instructor: Rose Newlove
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 4 days (two weekends): Sat. & Sun., Nov. 27 & 28 and Dec. 4 & 5, 2010
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $320 members/ $400 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BB III, or permission from the instructor
Come and in four days make a small leather covered, landscape format blank book that replicates a 19th century stationer's structure. Field books accompanied early surveyors and adventurers into the field as a handy note and sketch book. Our book will include the pocket at the back that was used to take specimens back to camp.

2011WKSP-01 BIG Books: BIG Problems
Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres., Toronto
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., Jan. 29 & 30, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $10 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: BB III and Restoration & Repair, or permission of the instructor.
Big books such as family bibles and dictionaries are often hard used and develop big problems. Due to their size and weight they require special attention. In recent years a number of useful techniques have been introduced. The purpose of this two day workshop is to review these techniques in a step-by-step walk through of the repair/restoration treatment of these books. Participants should bring examples to work on.

2011WKSP-02
Bookbinding I

Instructor: Rose Newlove
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 Saturdays: Jan. 29, Feb.5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
This six day course introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

2011 WKSP-03
Japanese Binding

Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sunday, Feb 6, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $25
Prerequisite: none
Japanese bookbinding developed alongside the perfection of Japanese handmade paper as a practical and artistic craft. These bindings tackled the same tasks as our most familiar Western forms but in ways that reflected the properties of the papers. Three purpose-built bindings will be covered in this one day workshop: the pouch binding with its distinctive exterior sewing pattern, the butterfly book, and the multi-section binding. Time permitting, a "chitsu" or wraparound case with bone clasps will be demonstrated.

2011WKSP-04
Advanced Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Brian Maloney
Location: Massey College Print Shop, 4 Devonshire Place
Duration: 6 Saturdays: Feb/ 12. 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $ 525 members/ $585 non-members*
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Introduction to Letterpress Printing
Limit: 6 participants
This six day workshop will create a small edition for the class with more advanced principles of typography, perfecting sheets, 2 or 3 colours and composition. Using Massey College's collection of 19th century Iron Hand Presses, each student will print a few signatures and bind them with the others into a small limited edition.

2011WKSP-05
Decorative Paste Papers

Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 Sunday: Feb. 13, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
In this one day, Don Taylor will demonstrate his decorative paste paper techniques. Participants will have an opportunity to experiment with them and produce their own papers.

2011WKSP-06
Scroll Case

Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 Sundays: Feb. 20 & 27, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
Scroll cases are the ideal housing for scrolls in particular but they can provide protection for your precious long pointy things and other more tubular items. This method builds up the case around a form and creates an air-tight leather trimmed join between the lid and the body of the case. Time permitting, there will be consideration of using this same technique with non-tubular forms to create cases for rectangular objects such as books and for objects like cigarette cases and snuff boxes.

2011WKSP-07
Bookbinding II

Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 Sundays: Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: Bookbinding I or permission of 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.

2011WKSP-08
CBBAG 'Newsletter' Models

Instructor: Rose Newlove
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sat. Mar. 12, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: BB I, or permission of instructor
Over CBBAG's 27 years, members have described and diagrammed structures they have made in various workshops for the benefit of all members. This one day workshop is an opportunity to make some of the simple non adhesive bindings that have been presented in the Newsletter. We will make 4 of these books and explore making up boards, toning sewing thread, and using Tyvek.

2011WKSP-09
Relief Printmaking by Hand

Instructor: Victoria Cowan
Location: Victoria's studio, downtown Toronto
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun. March 12 & 13, 2011
Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
Maximum 7 students
Note: Participants will receive directions and basic 'kit' requirements
This two day workshop will explore the many ways to create a relief print. The skills and methods that are introduced can be developed on your own without expensive or toxic equipment or materials. Beginning with a brief overview of printmaking and samples of the kind of prints we shall be creating, participants will start with cutting a simple plate by hand, inking and transferring the image to the paper. Whether you stop there or explore several ways to make an extended work, the choice is up to you.

2011KSP-10
Bookbinding I Intensive

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days, Mon.-Sat.: Mar.14 - 19, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This six day course introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings, and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

2011WKSP-11
Long Stitch/Link Stitch

Instructor: Rose Newlove
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 Saturdays: Mar. 26, Apr. 2, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: BB I, or permission of the instructor
Based on early German and Italian traditions for binding archival materials this two day workshop introduces long and link stitch sewing. Participants will make several models using single and multiple sections attached to paper covers with through the spine sewings and tackets. The books will incorporate leather and horn spine plates as well as cord ties and leather closures.

2011WKSP-12
Preservation Enclosures

Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres., Toronto
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., Apr. 9 & 10, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the Instructor
Prerequisites: BB I, or permission of the instructor
This two day workshop will give participants an opportunity to examine Hedi Kyle's legendary 1983 Preservation Enclosures Kit, and to make as many models from it as time allows. Supplies will be provided.

2011WKSP-13
Introduction to Letterpress Printing
Instructor: Brian Maloney
Location: Massey College Print Shop, 4 Devonshire Place
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun. Apr 9 & 10, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $210 members/ $270 non-members*
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: none
Limit: 6 participants
This two day workshop will introduce the basic principles of typography and letterpress printing. Using Massey College's unique collection of 19th cent. Iron Hand Presses, participants will set and print a small edition broadside of their choosing.

2011WKSP-14
Bookbinding II Intensive

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days: Mon. - Sat., Apr. 11 - 16, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BB I, or the 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.

2011WKSP-15
Lightweight Boxes

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 evening: Friday, April 29, 2011
Hours: 18.00 - 21.00
Course fee: $45
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: 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.

2011WKSP-16
Heavyweight Boxes

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
Make a lovely tower box with 4 separate compartments and a lid in this one day workshop. 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.

20112KSP-17
Identifying Photographs

Instructor: Dee Psailia
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sun., May 1, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This one day lecture-style course will give students a basic introduction of photographic processes from its roots in 1839 to present day. Focus will be given to cased images and paper based photographs and will discuss image making techniques to assist students with image identification and approximate dates of production.

2011WKSP-18
Edition Binding of a Miniature Book

Instructor: Robert Wu
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., May 7 & 8, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20
Perquisite: BB I, or permission from the instructor
In this two day workshop, participants will learn how to make a miniature 2" "Edition" binding using a simple case binding structure with a leather cover. Material selections, some specific miniature binding tools and equipment will be discussed. Leather paring will be demonstrated. On the second day, the book will be finished with a cover decoration using the stamping machine for the title and hand tools for the pattern.

2011WKSP-19
Textile Construction

Instructor: Barbara Helander
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., May 14 & 15, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This two-day workshop is designed to de-mystify textiles for bookbinders, book artists, and the general hobbyist. During this workshop, we will explore three aspects of textiles: fibres, yarns, and fabric construction (wovens only). Through hands-on examination and experimentation, participants will develop a better understanding of textiles. Students can expect to enhance their vocabulary as well as build skills for identifying and selecting textiles for various book and art-related applications.

2011WKSP-20
Coptic Binding

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This one day course will give participants the opportunity to make a very early book form, developed in North Africa in the 4th century with exposed sewing and wooden covers.

2011WKSP-21
Finishing Refresher

Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge
Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres., Toronto
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., June 4 & 5, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $170 members/ $230 non-members*
Materials fee: $20 payable to the Instructor
Prerequisite: Finishing, or permission of the instructor
This two day workshop will give participants an opportunity to practice their Finishing skills. They should bring in one or two leather covered plaquets and several design possibilities, using blind and/or gold tooling, and/or inlays and onlays.

2011WKSP-22
Japanese Stab Bindings

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This one day workshop will teach 4 variations on the traditional Japanese stab binding. This elegant binding is a wonderful way to bind single sheets of paper. Few tools are needed to continue making this structure at home.

2011WKSP-23
Gilding and Onlay

Instructor: Tini Miura
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days: Mon.- Fri., June 13 - 17, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $520 members/ $580 non-members*
Materials fee: included in the course fee
Prerequisite: BB III, or permission of the instructor
Maximum participants: 10
This five day workshop will start with a brief introduction to decorative elements used during the past 10 centuries. This course is about how to execute a free style modern book design. Tini will talk about and demonstrate 5 different types of in- or onlays as well as blind and gold tooling which the participants will create on their own work.

2011KSP-24
Bookbinding I Intensive

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days, Mon. - Sat.: June 20 - 25, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: None
This six day course introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding. The course will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books. This class prepares participants to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

Further details from www.cbbag.ca
'Full Tilt' Single Session Bookbinding Classes in New York

About Full Tilt Classes - Bookbinding is a matter of technique, of skill, of practice and of a few simple hand tools. Full Tilt classes address all of these by focusing on one particular structure, incrementally. The needs of the present-day bookbinder are considered in conjunction with the historical aspects of hand binding. The classes are accessible to all levels of experience. Beginners will find expert fundamental instruction; more experienced students will practice, refine and expand their repertoires.

Full Tilt classes are full tilt! Each 3 hour session covers the same material as is typical in a 1 or 2 day workshop. The lectures and demonstrations are compressed and studio work time is minimal. It is likely that students will need extra time on their own to complete their class work. Full Tilt encourages this homework. It is an important part of the learning process. Homework can be completed without special equipment or tools.

Classrooms are green, climate controlled and ADA compliant. Professional grade materials are supplied.

Accordion
Saturday 13th November - 13.00 - 16.00
Material Fee $50 and $10
Tool list provided upon registration.
The accordion is one of the earliest book structures and one of the most versatile. It can be viewed page by page or in its entirety. It works well in any size and with almost any paper. It can expand to accommodate inclusions such as photos. As the accordion is hinged rather than sewn, it avoids visible threads in the center fold of a 2 page spread. We will make several versions of this book.

Quarter Leather Book
Sunday 21st November - 13.00 - 16.00
Material Fee $50 and $25
Tool list provided upon registration.
This class focuses on the principles of working with leather in constructing a case and in casing-in. We will work with a double fan-glued book block. However, the same principles apply to a sewn book block.

More information and registration - bookbindingclasses.blogspot.com

Milner Library - Illinois State University

Cloth & Leather Binding Restoration
13th November 2010, 09.00 - 16.00
Instuctor: Don Eherington

This one day workshop will cover techniques of cloth and leather restoration using Japanese tissue and Irish linen. This technique, an alternative to traditional rebacking techniques, was invented to be a quick and less invasive repair for both leather and cloth bindings. Participants will reback one cloth binding and will discuss leather binding restoration as well as corner and headcap repair.  Additional practice of these topics will occur as time allows.

This workshop is open to everyone but some bookbinding or book repair experience is preferred. Students should bring with them two volumes in cloth and two in leather.  The volumes should have sound text blocks and covers with minimal damage. Detached boards with unbroken endsheets are acceptable.

 This workshop is in conjunction with the Midwest Chapter Exhibit 'New Views' at the Milner Library and follows a lecture by Mr. Etherington on November11 at 7:00 pm entitled A Sixty-Year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation.

The workshop is $135 ($110 for GBW Midwest Members) and there is a $15 supply fee.  A minimum of $90 will secure your registration, with the remaining balance due on November 1, 2010.  Checks should be made out to Guild of Book Workers.

To register, please contact Laura Larkin at llarkin@illinois.edu or (217) 333 7043.

The Society of Bookbinders - London & South Region Autumn Programme

13th November 2010 - Arthur Green - Board Attachment

Arthur first studied bookbinding at Manchester Metropolitan University where he received a BA (hons) in Graphic Design. Following five years working in various London binderies he went to Camberwell College of Art, gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation. Arthur then undertook internships at the Leather Conservation Centre and the British Library. He is currently working full time as a conservator at the Oxford Conservation Consortium.

The workshop will be split into two halves. In the morning Arthur will give an overview of the problems faced by both book conservators and bookbinders when repairing loose and detached book boards. The morning's presentation will aim to give an overview of the main tried and tested techniques that are used to re-attach boards. The focus of the presentation will be on explaining the strengths and limitations of each approach and when they are appropriate, rather than a step by step guide.

The afternoon session will consist of two short practical demonstrations of board re-attachment techniques. The first will be 'joint tacketing' given by Arthur, the second will be a demonstration of 'board slotting'. This will be given by Victoria Stevens - fellow Conservator at the Oxford Conservation Consortium.

Due to the space of the venue numbers for this workshop will be limited to 16 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis - places will be reserved once payment is received!

The workshop will be held at the Oxford Conservation Consortium, Grove Cottage, St Cross Street, Oxford, OX13TX. The studio can be found behind Magdalen College, on the corner where Longwall Street meets St Cross Road.

All workshops start at 10.30am (unless otherwise indicated) and finish at 3.00pm, with a break for lunch. If you would like to attend any of the workshops or visits then please indicate which ones on the slip below. The fee for each event is £6.00 for Society of Bookbinders members and £12.00 for non-members.

Workshops with limited numbers are usually oversubscribed so please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have booked and find you can't attend please do give us notice, no matter how late this may be - we can always re-allocate your place to someone else.

Booking forms are available from:

Ray Newberry, SoB Regional Treasurer
Silverwood, 8 Wildwood Close, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8PL
ray.newberry@ntlworld.com

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Winchester, VA

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

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

Foundation Level Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information from:
540-662-2683
www.CatTailRun.com
email: info@cattailrun.com

Learn to bind in Surrey

For those wishing to learn bookbinding, The Otter Bindery offers classes, for all levels from beginners upwards.  For further details please check the website www.otterbookbinding.com or telephone 01932 845976.  The classes diary can be found here

Subjects covered include paper repair, book restoration, gold finishing, box making and fine binding, contemporary styles, traditional styles and wooden bookbinding.

Otter Bindery workshops are available to tutor groups, schools, art centres, businesses and institutions.

Bookbinding and Restoration Workshops, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

On Saturdays, throughout the year. Enquiries to douglas.mitchell@bl.uk

An opportunity to bring along your own books etc. and learn the basic skills of Restoration and Bookbinding. 11am. 5.30pm with a 1hour lunch.

These courses will be held at: The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 1XA For further details, please e-mail Doug Mitchell.

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

London College of Printing, London, UK

BA Hons Book Arts and Design- 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)

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the college. For full curriculum details and further information, please contact Mike Brunwin at: d.plessner@lcc.arts.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

 

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