Volume 19 - Spring 2005


Study Opportunities

Book North 2004/05, Halifax, North Yorkshire

During 2005, we are running a series of bookbinding workshops in Barkisland, near Halifax. The workshops will run from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily. The cost is £70 for each two-day workshop and £180 for the five-day workshops. The cost will include most materials and buffet lunches. Details of local accommodation can be provided.

Barkisland is located in the lovely Calder Valley, which is great Yorkshire walking country. It is within easy reach of Halifax, and the M62 between Manchester and Leeds

The 5-day workshops are:
Cased Bindings with Peter R Jones: 16-20 May 2005 and
Gold Tooling with Tracey Rowledge: 25-29 July 2005.

For further details or to book a place, contact Hilary Henning on +44 (0)1932 787268, or email hilary.henning@britishlibrary.net. If you want to hear about future Book North courses, contact Hilary to add your name to the Book North mailing list

The Otter Bindery in Surrey, England

Workshops 2005 - 1st Saturday of Every Month

  • June Saturday 4th - Forwarding The process from sewing the book to covering it, with Royston Haward.
  • July Saturday 2nd - Total Beginnings in Bookbinding A Direction with Marysa de Veer.
  • August Saturday 6th - Traditional Gold Finishing with albumen glaire Learn the process of lettering and decorating the cover of your book with Steven Orriss.
  • September Saturday 3rd - Book Restoration Learn about antiquarian book restoration with Marysa de Veer.
  • October Saturday 1st - Artist Within the Bookbinder Learn about art and design with Andrew Campbell.
  • November Saturday 5th - Forwarding The process from sewing the book to covering it, with Royston Haward.
  • December Saturday 3rd - Box Making Learn how to make a drop-back box, with Royston Haward.

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

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

About the Workshops

  • The workshops will be held in a small working bindery, The Otter Bindery
  • Fully typed illustrated notes will be available with each course.
  • Details of the tools required for each course will be given on enrolment.
  • Excellence in Bookbinding Certificate to be awarded on completion of the one day course.
  • Teas, coffees and lunch are included in the cost of the course.
  • Directions are on the website www.otterbookbinding.com or email marysa@otterbindery.com
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast available for £55 per night for those traveling from afar.
  • Cost per student £130

The Tutors

  • Royston Haward is a highly accomplished bookbinder of some 30 years experience. Royston undertook an apprenticeship at a trade bindery E G Ellis's, London in 1973 for five years after which he then went on to work for another large trade bindery Errington and Martin where he specialised in the making of albums for six years. In 1983 he joined Sangorski and Sutcliffe as a fine binder and gilder where he worked until 1990. He has worked at the British Library Bindery since 1991 as a book conservator. Royston is becoming an experienced demonstrator on bookbinding techniques and has talked at the last Society of Bookbinders Conference in 2003.
  • Linda Harris gained a diploma with distinction in bookbinding and paper conservation at Guildford College in 1998 where she won the William Matthews Memorial Award for best student of her year. During the same year she was also given an award for forwarding by The Wynkyn de Worde Society and The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and later won a highly commended certificate in The Bookbinding Competition sponsored by the Designer Bookbinders. Since qualifying, she gained experience working for two years for Youngs Bindery, Guildford and for six months as a paper conservator at The Surrey History Centre. She also continued studying part time and passed her HNC in 2000. She set up her own bindery business in 2001 and now divides her time between that and working two days a week for the Otter Bindery.
  • Steven Orriss attended Harlow Technical College in 1985 where he studied both art and design and graphic design graduating in 1987. After working for various design and advertising agencies including freelance illustration, Steven joined the British Library in 1995 and was trained in conservation, bookbinding and gold finishing. A year after joining the British Library, Steven's natural talent in forwarding and design were highlighted in winning the first prize in bookbinding for The National Library of Scotland Bookbinding competition in 1996. Steven has been predominantly a gold finisher at the British Library for the past five years.
  • Andrew Campbell trained in print, publishing-design, typography & bookbinding at Oxford University Press. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Falmouth (1980) after a Foundation at Oxford Brookes.He was commissioned for original abstract art for the second edition of the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary (1973). He has exhibited at several art galleries, with work in collections both here and abroad. He's studied with many eminent artists and was a founding member of the Oxford Artists Group. His more recent work can be viewed online at www.dialogonleadership.org/indexPaintings.html.
  • Marysa de Veer having completed her course at Guildford College, enjoyed work experience at The Royal Bindery, Windsor Castle. In 1992 she formed part of the human chain that evacuated books from the Royal Library during the great fire. Marysa founded The Otter Bindery in 1994 and has produced numerous designed bindings and exhibited both in France and at the British Library, London. In 2002 Marysa undertook a chemical science course for conservators at Hammersmith College. In 2003 she was awarded a highly commended certificate in Restoration by the Society of Bookbinders. The restored book was exhibited in the National Library of Wales. Clients include book dealers, celebrities, private collectors as well as institutions.

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

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

Residential Workshop on the Isle of Skye

This may be the last chance to experience a residential workshop at Quiraing Lodge in Staffin on the Isle of Skye for some time. Laura West is teaching two back-to-back workshops in Bookbinding in mid-April 2005.

There are two two-day courses, back to back. Do the first, do the second or do both.

Hand Sewn Free Form Books, Decorated extravagantly - 14th, 15th & 16th April 2005

Make real multi-section books of up to 60 pages and decorate them using coloured threads, ribbons, beads, handmade papers, exquisite Japanese papers and bone clasps. Over the two days we will make one book with a heavy paper cover and one with a leather cover. Your book can be for you or as a gift; for drawing, for visitors or for writing. However you choose to make them your books will do you proud and the techniques you learn will enable you to make many more. All materials will be provided, including tools for use during the workshop, and you can expect to develop genuine skills in bookbinding. (3 nights/2 days - Residential Price £195 -- Non-residential £80

Vellum Binding - 17th, 18th & 19th April 2005

Make a Renaissance style soft cover binding that was once so popular with Venetian scholars. This book brings together lustrous vellum, sparkling white alum tawed goat skin, linen thread and fine paper to create a classically elegant book that will age with character. Additionally you may want to add coloured hand sewn linen end-bands, ties or ivory clasps if the mood takes you. This is a more challenging project than the books completed over the previous two days. The workshop price includes the cost of the vellum. (3 nights/2 days – Residential Price £220 -- Non –Residential £105)

Cost for both workshops, with Sunday being a non-teaching day: £415.00 If you are interested in booking for these workshops, please contact: Laura West, +44 (0)1478 613 123 or books@laurawest.com Sam Gardener (Quiraing Lodge) +44 (0)1470 562 330 or email: samandsuzy@quiraing-lodge.co.uk

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

Bookbinding classes have been held at Oxford for the past 45 years, and are currently run at Oxford Brookes University as a part of the Continuing Education programme. Non-vocational classes providing 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. Tutor/Organiser - Ian Ross

For further information, please contact:
Maureen Jones, Centre for Continuing Education
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford. OX2 9AT

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 488609 or e-mail mljones@brookes.ac.uk

American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado

American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado has openings in the following classes available this summer and fall

Telluride Campus
Introduction to Book Conservation Series: Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings
16th - 20th May with Don Etherington

Advanced French Style Leather Binding (2nd-3rd year)
23rd May - 3rd June with Monique Lallier

Design and Titling
6th - 10th June with Don Etherington

Beginning French Style Leather Binding
21st June 21 - 1st July 1 with Monique Lallier

Ann Arbor Campus
Beginning French Style Leather Binding
3rd - 14th October with Monique Lallier

Introduction to Book Conservation Series: Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings
17th 21st October with Don Etherington

For complete details contact:
Linda American Academy of Bookbinding at linda@ahhaa.org

or go to the Academy of Bookbinding web site by clicking here

Private Tuition

Bookbinding Tuition in Summerfield, North Carolina, USA

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

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

The Otter Bindery in Surrey, England

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studio Five - Bookbinding Tuition in London

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

Structured Courses for 2005
Bookbinding for beginners. No experience required. Introduction to bookbinding and box making.
Intermediate 1. Experience required - Bookbinding for beginners or similar. Multi sectional flat back and rounded and backed case binding.
Intermediate 2. Experience required - Intermediate 1 or similar. Introduction to working with leather.
Intermediate 3. Experience required - Intermediate 2 or similar. Full leather binding.

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

For more information on course availability, Studio Five membership, Fees and general information please contact:

Mark Cockram at Studio Five
The Mews 1st Floor
46 - 52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW 13 0DQ, UK.

Bookbinding Tuition in the North East of Scotland

Weekend and week-long sessions available in all aspects of bookbinding. Tuition tailored to suit the needs of the individual. All aspects and levels of craft and design binding, including repair and renovation work, may be undertaken under professional instruction in a private, well-equipped bindery in the Scottish countryside.

For further details call: Mark Ramsden +44 (0)1467 671581 evenings. E-mail: bookman@bti


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