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Understanding Book Structures for Conservation

Leafwork

Shelf liner with textblock supports at Nymans, Handcross.

Monday 20th February - Friday 24th February 2023
Cost: £555.00 per person (max. 4 people)
Venue: Sussex Conservation Consortium studio in Amberley, West Sussex, UK

This practical 5-day course will introduce the materials, tools and techniques most commonly used in Western European bookbinding. By understanding the historical context and changing manufacture of binding production, students will gain knowledge of how and why some bindings fail whilst others stand the test of time. Simple but effective preservation solutions will be explored to mitigate common library collection problems.

Students will make a pamphlet, a case binding and a flexible binding. They will receive instruction on the history of bookbinding techniques and changes in the use and manufacture of materials.

The aim is to engage and inform on how to care for book collections, what is possible and why it is necessary for the long-term stability of the collection. You don't need experience of bookbinding, but some hand skills will help. All the techniques will be guided and the class is very small to ensure the maximum level of help is available.

The final day will be spent with Caroline Bendix ACR, who will explain the main agents of damage in library collections and how to manage them effectively and efficiently. A National Trust property with an on-going book conservation project will be visited.

For more information contact Ruth Stevens ACR.
Tel: 07857 632846
Email: sussexconservationconsortium@gmail.com
Website: www.sussexconservationconsortium.co.uk

Courses from Leafwork, Autumn 2022

Leafwork

Following on from my Bookbinding from the Beginning course, delivered online over three terms, Bookbinding from the Beginning: Intermediate is swinging into action in the autumn.

This course will help you step up or revise skills and knowledge, including using leather and paring, while binding a book from sheets through to covering. It is suitable if you have some bookbinding experience and like a challenge!

Sessions are fortnightly on Friday mornings, via Zoom, for two terms, (12 sessions in all) starting September 23rd.
Cost £420

Starting with Book Conservation
A five session online course delivered via Zoom, suitable for beginners, ideally with some bookbinding experience, or as a refresher. Sessions on Tuesday mornings starting October 4th.
Cost £150

City & Guilds Bookbinding levels 1 & 2
online or in person in my Dorset studio. Join a course, or learn at a pace to suit you.
Course fees vary.

For further details on any of the above courses, email nesta@leafwork.co.uk
or call me for a chat 07984 001830.

Bookbinding in Cheshire 2023

Weekend workshops with Michael Burke & Dominic Riley at their new studio near Chester
All workshops cost £200 plus materials and run from 09.30 - 5.30

Creative Gold Tooling
18th & 19th February 2023

with dominicbookbinder@gmail.comDominic Riley
Dominic's bindings are known for their free-form gold tooling. Learn how to execute an artistic leather panel using his adapted tool, and how to create the templates used to tool onto the leather.
Materials fee: £50

Restoring Cloth Bindings
18th & 19th March 2023

with Dominic Riley
This class covers all aspects of the restoration of cloth bindings, using a conservation approach, and techniques which ensure invisible repair.
Materials: £15

The Nag Hammadi Codex
15th & 16th April 2023

with Michael Burke
Make a model of the earliest codex bindings ever found, from real papyrus. The book is covered with hand-dyed goatskin and held closed by leather ties and a wrapping band.
Materials: £50

Hand Tooling 20th & 21st May, 2023
with Dominic Riley
An introduction to effective tooling with gold foil, concentrating on achieving good lettering and decoration of spines and boards.
Materials: £30

For further details, please contact dominicbookbinder@gmail.com

Designer Bookbinders Masterclass Series 2022

Following on from our first Masterclass of the new series we are delighted to have two further weekends on offer. Printmaker Sumi Perera's workshop Narrative in Artist Books using Hybrid Printmaking Methods takes place at the St Bride Foundation on 22nd-23rd October 2022, and Lori Sauer's Cross-structure Binding in Boards runs at Lori's bindery in Pewsey, Wiltshire on the 19th-20th November 2022.

Especially designed for binders at an intermediate or advanced level, these classes aim to explore aspects and structures in bookbinding at greater depth and to a higher level than is sometimes possible in other workshops. To this end each workshop is limited to six places.

Workshops run over a weekend and the course fee for each is £200.

Bursary help is available towards the cost of these workshops and we encourage applications. Contact Pippa Smith, secretary@designerbookbinders.org.uk for bursary details.

For more information on the current programme and to book a place, please contact Nesta Davies, nesta@leafwork.co.uk.

Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders Joint Workshop programme 2022-23

Now available to book: Course fees £185 for members of DB or SoB, £205 non members.

Tight Back Spine removal
4th-5th February 2023

Tutor: Peter Spain
Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5JL

Perfect sewing, rounding, backing and spine lining
4th-5th March 2023

Tutor: Kathy Abbott
Daffodil Barn, Wiltshire , SN9 5PF

Airbrush, masking & decorative spray techniques
1st-2nd April 2023

Tutor: Glenn Malkin
Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2NH

Magnetic Boxes
4th-5th June 2023

Tutor: Gillian Stewart
Glasgow, G40 2AV

Further details on the Societies' websites: www.designerbookbinders.org.uk and www.societyofbookbinders.com

Bookbinding Workshops in the South West with Megan Stallworthy

Workshops with Megan Stallworthy take place at arts centres and book festivals in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Perfect for artists, writers, teachers and anyone interested in making books, you will learn core bookbinding skills of folding, cutting, sewing and glueing, and take home your own handmade books along with a set of workshop notes. All the equipment and materials are provided. One to one Zoom tutorials are also available for all those making books at home, tailored to suit your needs and at a time to suit you.

Handmade Books for Christmas
The Plough Arts Centre at St Anne's, Barnstaple
26th November 2022

10.30-16.00
£50
Handmade books make unique and delightful Christmas presents. We will use handmade and pattern papers, linen threads and ribbons to make three different kinds of books.

Find out more at www.meganstallworthy.co.uk where you can also sign up to the newsletter, or email info@meganstallworthy.co.uk.

The School for Bookbinding Arts, VA, USA

LCBA

Color Matching & In-Painting for Bookbinders Course date set to fit student schedules
$225
with Amy Jackson

Leather Onlay Intensive
Course date set to fit student schedules
$225
with Amy Jackson

Further information on schoolforbookbindingarts.com

Sign up to receive their annual course catalog by emailing workshops@cattailrun.com
or call (540) 662-26783

Bookbinding courses at Dillington House, Somerset

Dillington is a beautiful country manor house with excellent residential accommodation and catering, set in lovely grounds. The bookbinding room is light and spacious with beautiful views. Good materials, tools and equipment are all available.

Sadly the centre will be closing in its present form at the end of September 2023, so take this last opportunity to enjoy learning in this idyllic settin...

Bookbinding for Beginners
27th-29th January 2023

Tutor Mylyn McColl
An introduction to the fundamentals of bookbinding, using traditional skills and techniques to create soft and hard-backed books to take home with you.

General Bookbinding courses for Beginners and Intermediate levels
27th-31st March and 5th-9th June 2023

Tutor Angela Sutton
Be guided through topics and techniques new, familiar or tricky while you work on your own binding projects at your own speed.

Cloth Case Book Repair
2nd-4th May 2023

Tutor Nesta Davies
A focus on the repair and conservation of cloth case bound books, including simple paper and sewing repairs and rebacking. Suitable for students with some bookbinding experience but not necessarily in book conservation.

Embroidery Techniques on Leather for Bookbinding
4th-6th September 2023

Tutor Hannah Brown
Learn the skills to create surface decoration using onlays and embroidery stitches on leather, and cover a bound notebook with your finished piece. Suitable for students who have some prior knowledge of working with leather and simple bookbinding methods.

A Spread of Star Books
25th-27th September 2023

Tutor Nesta Davies
Structural paper play using the concertina fold and multi-layering to construct star books with context and narrative and a seven point book structure. Suitable for bookbinders, book artists and complete beginners.

Booking and further details on all courses below are available from the websit www.dillington.com/learn

Shepherds Bookbinding Course, Wiltshire

Shepherds Courses

A varied and exciting list of Bookbinding courses planned for the months January - November 2022 at the Daffodil Barn, Wiltshire.

November 2022
10th - C&G Level 3 Diploma Edge decoration with Kate Holland
14th-18th - C&G Level 1 Unit 118 Pamphlet & Multi-section Bindings with Mylyn McColl

The course description can be found by visiting www.bookbinding.co.uk/Course/coursetimetable.html

Although the courses are linked to the C&G qualifications and standards it is not a requirement to register for City & Guilds qualification when undertaking a course.

For all enquiries or to book a place contact Wendy Lagden at wl@bookbinding.co.uk

Bookbinding Courses with Doug Mitchel

Bookbinding with Doug Mitchell

2023 Course Dates

Higham Hall - www.highamhall.com

Bookbinding: Intermediate- Library style binding model 9th-12th March 2023

Bookbinding: Book Restoration 3rd-7th May 2023

Bookbinding: Beginners bookbinding 11th-13th August 2023

Bookbinding: Subject to be decided
6th-9th October 2023

Doug has been a Book Conservator for over 50 years. He completed a 5-year apprenticeship at John Dickinsons in Hertfordshire, gaining a City and Guilds distinction in bookbinding and print finishing at the Watford College of Technology. He continued his training by later working for the British Museum Bindery and Foreign Office Press in Whitehall before joining the British Library in 2001 as a Book & Paper Conservator and Gold Finisher at the Centre for Conservation where he later achieved a level 3 NVQ qualification so that he can mentor interns and foreign students.

He has made presentation books for the Princess Royal, Prince Charles, The King of Morocco and the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Doug is a member and regular face of the Society of Bookbinders Conferences and regional Workshops and has lectured at the York conference in 2007, and Warwick in 2011. Although now retired he continues to hold workshops in various aspects of Bookbinding, historical book structures, Restoration, Paper Conservation and Gold Finishing at adult education colleges, S.O.B. regionals and independent conservation studios. He has over 27 years teaching experience.

For further information on these courses, Doug can be contacted at booksurgeon@gmail.com

Alan Fitch - Binder of Books & Teacher of Bookbinding, in Rural Norfolk

Alan Fitch There are available a variety of 1 to 1 courses, which run from April to September, offering the opportunity to learn in an idyllic location and relaxed atmosphere. All necessary materials required for each course are included in the course fee. Course dates are by mutual agreement.

Over the period of each course you will be guided through all the aspects of bookbinding, relevant to each course. There are at present four courses available:

5 Day Courses. Each course runs from Monday - Friday (09.00 - 17.00).

Basic Course - This course has been designed for the beginner and covers all the basics of binding a book.

Refresher/Repair Course - This course is designed for the student who:-
- Has completed the Basic Course but would like to spend more time developing their basic skills before moving on to finer things.
- Has had some experience in the past of binding a case bound, round and backed book but would like to refresh their skills.
- Would like to develop their skills in repairing old cloth cased books.

Full Leather Course - This course is for the person who wants to develop their bookbinding skills and progress to binding in leather. (To attend this course it is important that you have attend the Basic Course or something similar.)

2 Day Course

Bookmaking Course - This course has been designed to allow you to spend two days making a variety of types and styles of book, which require very little specialist equipment or tools.

Accommodation is available

For further detail please telephone +44 (0)1953 718348,
or view the web site at www.abinderofbooks.co.uk

Fully equipped bindery in Winchester for Amateur Bookbinders

Southern Bookcrafts Club is unique in operating a fully equipped bindery in central Winchester for amateur bookbinders.

The club was founded more than 30 years ago and our purpose remains the same - to provide our members with extensive working space, comprehensive equipment, material, facilities and training to develop their bookcraft skills. Club membership is available to all and enables members access to the bindery at any time except when training is being undertaken. For bookbinders wishing to start or develop their business, club membership provides a low risk, low cost facility that avoids the need for heavy investment or substantial overheads.

Our other primary purpose is to keep the craft of bookbinding alive by introducing it to as many people as we can in an affordable and accessible way. So, for non-members we also offer a range of highly regarded introductory courses including taster sessions, beginner and intermediate training courses.

Club days on Tuesday and Friday mornings provide a great opportunity for members to share their knowledge and ideas - with some enjoyable and good-humoured conversation!

Further information is available at www.southernbookcrafts.org or via training@southernbookcrafts.org

Karen Hanmer Book Arts - 2022 Online Workshops

Registration is now open for workshops through June, and deadlines are approaching quickly for the first few in this new series.

As always, the format is a series of live tutorials via Zoom. The tutorials are recorded and the videos are available to registered students for 90 days. Students need not be present for the live sessions. Workshop fee includes supplies, which are mailed to arrive in time for the first session.

Private Instruction & Independent Study

Private instruction on topics of mutual interest is available online or in person for fully-vaccinated students. Details here. Please contact me to discuss topic and scheduling before making payment.

Handouts and structure models for most workshop topics available here, including a few remaining supply packets for the Even More Simplified Binding.

Girdle Book self-guided tutorial including supply kit
The girdle book is a Medieval binding structure featuring a long extension of leather which could be attached to a traveler's belt. The leather extension terminates in a decorative knot. This tutorial will guide students through the construction of a girdle book on the foundation of a typical Medieval binding: Text block sewn on double raised supports; wooden boards shaped all around, with special attention given to the inside spine edge to match the text block's shoulder, then laced on and pegged; sewn endbands; covered in vividly-colored suede leather; strap and pin closure, simple bosses at the corners, parchment page markers. This is a self-guided tutorial only, no online sessions. Girdle Book Tutorial + kit available here.

Further information is available on Karen's web site karen-hanmer.square.site/s/shop

Black Fox Bindery Workshops, London

blackfox

One of the reasons why I fell in love with the craft of bookbinding is because you never stop learning. From Book & Paper Conservation to Book Arts is a huge arc under which lies a multitude of subjects, techniques and skills. Black Fox Bindery offers a variety of teaching resources from taster courses to intensive, from one day to long-term.

The bindery is fully equipped with presses, hot foil blocking machines, paring machines, tools and materials. There is enough space to accommodate 5 students comfortably at any one time and is fully insured.

Workshops and Courses
Over the previous years Black Fox has hosted a selection of successful workshops, covering a variety of subjects and techniques. Although these haven't followed an annual schedule I am more than happy to organise different courses throughout the year when time allows and I am very happy to take requests.

Black Fox Bindery also plays host to guest binders or makers who may not have space of their own to teach. This is a great opportunity for all involved; I get to see a new teaching approach, my students have access to different techniques and the guest gets paid to pass on their skills.

One to One Tuition
One to one tuition has been invaluable to my personal progress in bookbinding and I emphasise the importance of it for focussed skill and technique development. You may have a certain amount of bookbinding experience but may feel that there is room for improvement or you could be a total beginner wishing for concentrated time within a bindery. I can offer one to one tuition tailored to your needs.

I can provide tuition on a daily basis or as part of a structured longer term course. Costs are £150 a day, with working hours usually from 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch. For further information regarding one to one tuition please contact me (Nicky Oliver) at: nicky@blackfoxbindery.com

Bench Rental
The Black Fox Bench Rental service is provided for those who are fed up of practising bookbinding on their kitchen worktops and lacking the equipment that they need. It is an opportunity to come into a fully equipped bindery to work on personal projects whether it be a job, competition piece or a gift for example. The cost of this service is £55 a day which includes access to the equipment, presses, tools and a little guidance from me if needed.

Further information and booking is available from
www.blackfoxbindery.com/workshops

Scottish Borders

One-to-one or two-to-one tuition in a private studio located in a beautiful rural setting in the Scottish Borders: close to Berwick on Tweed with easy access by road or rail.

Personal tuition from an award winning craftsman! All tuition tailored to suit the skills level of the individual student. If there is a particular technique or a skill you are looking to develop or improve, or if you are a complete beginner taking your first steps into the art &craft of this ancient discipline, contact Mark Ramsden via bookmanconservation.co.uk, or call 01361 882028 or e-mail me bookman@btinternet.com.

Otter Education - Classes in Winchester and Midhurst, UK

Otter Education

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

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

Teaching Opportunities at the London Centre for Book Arts

Come and teach at the LCBA! The centre is looking to add more workshops to their schedule. If you have an idea for a workshop to teach at the Centre, please let them know by filling in the form on their web site.

You can see examples of their current workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

The Maureen Duke Educational Award

The Norie Trust is a small charitable trust based in the South West of England. The Trust funds various projects, many of which are associated with literature and the arts. The Trust also assists community-based projects which aim to improve the quality of people's lives.

The Trust has generously offered the Society funds of £2,000 a year for the next 5 years to fund an educational award to assist professionals in the book field. The Trust wishes to recognise Maureen Duke's inspirational teaching and dedication to education and the award will therefore be known as The Maureen Duke Educational Award.

The recipient of the award each year should be a bookbinder, book conservator, book restorer or book artist who has worked professionally in the U.K. for the last two years prior to the award. They should be intending to continue to work professionally, preferably in the UK.

SoB's Education & Training Task Force has been asked by the Trust to administer the award and after discussion it has been agreed that the award panel will consist of the Chair of the Society and the Chair of E&T. The applicant will be required to submit the following:
- Hand written letter of application
- CV
- A brief outline of the nature of study wishing to be undertaken, indicating how this will enhance their work, and their plans for the future
- Full Breakdown of costs - fees, travel and subsistence
- Images of work completed in the 2 years prior to application
- Two references

The recipient will be required to write a report of their study and experience gained for others in the field.

Applications should be sent to: Claire Redfern, 21 Moat Way, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4DR.

An Introduction to Bookbinding with Mark Cockram at Studio 5, London

Case Binding

Rationale - This module develops the students' ability to use basic materials such as cloth and a number of machine made papers. It will allow students the opportunity to explore differing adhesives and covering techniques in the production of case bindings.

Aims
- to develop hand skills related to paper and cloth work and hand foil work
- to enhance professional skills, awareness and responsibility
- to stimulate creativity in design
- to develop awareness of choice of suitable styles

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable styles of case binding
- fold sections
- be familiar with various sewing techniques
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a case binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 5 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Bradel Binding

Rationale - This module develops an awareness of strength and structure specific to this type of binding. It will give students the opportunity to work with leather and apply the relevant techniques involved in the production of the disappearing spine Bradel binding.

Aims
- to introduce the student to leather binding and manipulation
- to identify the correct materials specific to the binding style
- to understand the need for and limitations of the binding style
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to assess the suitability of the binding style

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable text blocks in need of this structure
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a Bradel binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 1 finished item of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Box and Enclosure Making

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students ability in making 3 styles of boxes for the books made during the 2 previous modules. The student will be able to select and use suitable materials and incorporate style and design ideas.

Aims
- to identify the correct materials specific to the box style and use
- to explore design and material manipulation
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to understand internal measuring

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable box styles and construction methods
- apply the techniques for making boxes including a two tray drop back box
- apply techniques suitable for various uses

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 3 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise design, process and protection. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Artist's Book or Complete Book (Option A)

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students' ability to explore print, book manipulation and creative journeys with the book.

Aims
- to identify differing print techniques
- to explore the book as a means of artistic and social expression
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable print techniques and mixed media
- forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
- to understand the relationship of the artist and the book

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 6 days with some materials included. Fee £700

Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding (Option B)

Rationale - The Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding gives students the opportunity to make a Design Binding using contemporary and traditional techniques and materials.

Aims
- to expand existing skills and techniques whilst learning relevant traditional skills
- to explore Design Binding with contemporary arts practices
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable construction methods - forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required - to boldly go where no one has been before

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 14 days with basic materials included. Fee £1,400

The STUDIO 5 BEGINNERS COURSE is delivered in 3 modules of six days each. Upon successful completion the student will be issued with a Studio 5 Certificate. The fee is £2,100.00 per person. The fee covers all tuition, hand tool use, workshop equipment as required and materials as outlined in the module information. A 50% non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking, full payment being made no less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. The modules can be delivered in a block or days to suit the individual student. Two further modules, options A and B are individually priced.

To book a place or for more information please contact us at:
Mark Cockram
Studio Five
First Floor The Mews
46-52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW13 0DQ
Tel: 0208 563 2158 https://studio5bookbindingandarts.blogspot.com/

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Winchester, VA

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

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

Further information from:
+1 540 662 2683
www.schoolforbookbindingarts.com
email: workshops@cattailrun.com

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

The Association centro del bel libro in Ascona is the parent institution of an internationally known and recognised technical school with the specialised areas of Bookbinding and Design and Book and Paper Conservation. The Association exists for the continued development and ever higher qualification of its instructors in both areas. Competitions and exhibitions help inform the public about their activities and expand public awareness of the book. The Association makes it possible for experts in related fields and for interested laypeople to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to the book through special courses of instruction. The Association is a not for profit organisation. Its departments assure the smooth functioning of the school and an especially well organised office assists course participants with their stay in Ascona. The Directorate, among other duties, is charged with attracting new supporting members for the Association to ensure the continued work and development of the School. Should you be in agreement with the stated goals of the Association - we would be pleased to welcome you as a new member!

Department of Bookbinding and Design - The study areas of Bookbinding and Design offer discerning bookbinders the opportunity of technical and creative challenges. Course participants have the opportunity to further their qualifications through learning internationally recognised methods and techniques, are able to hone their skills and increase their knowledge, evaluate themselves and be inspired by colleagues. They will exchange ideas and find paths in creativity and through self reflection; paths which open up by being away from job demands and daily stress, away from routine, and the pressures of time and expectations of productivity. The annually changing course offerings are continually enhanced by timely developments to expand students depth of understanding. They include classic hand bookbinding techniques, such as the French full leather binding, the Bradel technique, as well as hand gilding. Another area of program concentration is the contemporary design of bookbindings, in which design, technique and material complement each other and fulfil the functional and qualitative aspects of a book.

Department of Book and Paper Conservation - The study of book and paper conservation at the centro del bel libro ascona assures further education specifically for book and paper restorers and delivers timely, inclusive and internationally recognised competencies in theory and practical applications. Scientific bases of restoration, restoration ethics, as well as documentation and decision making are encouraged and fostered in order to increase the knowledge of course participants in these areas. The opportunity to engage in dialogue in related disciplines, support and evaluation of innovation, and most of all development of practical skills to assure correct restoration and conservation measures - all are addressed in this context. The exchange of ideas among experts, and the addition of highly specialised guest lecturers provide the best conditions for exploring all relevant subjects in depth. Highly qualified teachers, a pleasant study and work environment, course participants from countries world wide, and the much renowned southern joie de vivre facilitate learning, ignite the desire to learn and communicate, and reward the student with improved self confidence. Building on these facts, it becomes an easy task to develop conventions for the protection of our cultural heritage, the book - a task which the centro del bel libro ascona has set itself and which it fulfils.

Further information regarding courses programs can be found on the schools web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

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