Volume 26 - Autumn 2008


Study Opportunities

La Cantoria Scuola di Restauro, Firenze, Italy

For summer 2008, La Cantoria is pleased to provide new courses. Beside the 2 - 4 weeks introductory courses to conservation techniques, they are also offering workshops of a duration of 1-2 weeks in artistic fields related with conservation: fresco and mosaic techniques, wood gilding, oil painting, and others.

Check new summer opportunity following this link to their web site . Their Secretary is at your disposal for any further question on dates and other information.

Via Chiantigiana 158 - 50012
Grassina FIRENZE

Joint Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders Weekend Workshops

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

25th - 26th October 2008
Creative Printmaking with a Difference Tutor: Janine Pope Venue: Kelly Street, London, NW1
8th - 9th November 2008
Rebacking Leather Bindings Tutor: Lester Capon Venue: Birmingham University Bindery, Edgbaston
24th - 25th January 2009
Long & Link Stitch Binding Tutor: Adam Larsson Venue: Kelly Street, London, NW1
14th - 15th February 2009
A Fresh Look at Stub Binding Tutor: Lori Sauer Venue: York Minster Library
21st - 22nd March 2009

Forwarding Techniques: From Tradition to Innovation Tutor: Mark Cockram Venue: Conway Bindery, Halifax All courses cost £120 plus a materials fee.

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

Learn to bind in Surrey

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

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

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

  • Saturday 1 November 2008 10am-2pm
  • Saturday 6 December 2008 10am-2pm

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

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

The Society of Bookbinders London & South Region Programme for Autumn 2008

25th October Nichola Oliver - Head/end banding
Nichola Oliver will give a practical workshop demonstrating two simple headbands - a single and a double. If time allows she will also demonstrate 'capping up' and explain why it is necessary. If possible, members should bring; at least one book approx I" to I 1/2" thick - rounded and backed with boards, a finishing press, needles, and coloured thread. Spare equipment will be available, but please check availability when booking.

In 1995 Nichola attended Bath Spa University Colleges studying graphic design and illustration. After graduating She worked in a number of London binderies and also attended the London College of Printing where she studied the part time HND in Bookbinding. In October 2000, she was asked if she would like to become part of a Bindery that was just starting up, this was The Chelsea Bindery, where she has been since. Apart from the cleaning, repairing, sewing, and end papers of all the books that come through The Chelsea Bindery, Nichola is also responsible for the head/end banding, onlays and box making. Nichola has her own workshop in Stoke Newington, north London, and is an occasional attendee of Studio Five.

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

6th December - Christmas Bash
Maureen Duke - the Societies President and Nick Cowlishaw - Regional Chairman, will hold a bookbinder's question time. Bring along a binding problem or technique that you have been struggling with and get some expert advice. Problems great and small guaranteed a good reception.

The class will be held at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW I. See above for directions. Afterwards we will visit the local tavern, The Junction, for some seasonal refreshments. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to join us for this part of the day. PLEASE NOTE: This event will start at 2:00 p. m.

All masterclasses start at I 0.3Oam (unless otherwise indicated) and finish at 3. OOpm, with a break for lunch.

If you would like to attend any of the masterclasses please contact:
Ray Newberry, S. o. B. Regional Treasurer Silverwood
8 Wildwood Close, Woking
Surrey, GU22 8PL
e-mail - ray.newberry@ntlworld.com

CBBAG Workshops - 2008

Instructor: Mira Coviensky
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Wednesday, Oct. 15
Hours: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This is a workshop that would appeal to book artists, photographers, quilters, painters, graphic designers, calligraphers, printmakers, collage artists, and scrapbookers. Participants will learn the basics of solvent transfer (with non-toxic solvents), polymer lift, heat transfer, and direct photocopy (even with thin papers) to transfer photographic, text or drawn images to their art materials. Changes of scale, translucency and overlay will be explored allowing participants to see the different effects with each technique. Bring images to transfer in photocopy form.

Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sunday, Oct. 19
Hours: 9 a.m - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
Take a day and loosen up with a little paper decorating. This class will acquaint the beginner with the traditional basics of making paste papers and allow the more experienced practitioner to try out some new tricks. You’ll be working with various water based paints, lots of combing and texturing tools, metallic washes, leaf and a variety of papers. Paste papers as an expressive medium will be the order of the day.

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, Oct 25
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This one day workshop focuses on one album structure, covered in Chiyogami with a hinge of Japanese bookcloth. Simple decorative sewing and beadwork complete the project.

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Sunday, Oct. 26
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
This one day course is great for beginners. Participants will make a rough, unembellished, leather-bound book consisting of five individually sewn sections in a wrap-around leather cover with leather thongs or corded ties. This style of book can be made at home with minimal materials and makes a great diary for trips.

Bookbinding II
Instructor: Brian Maloney
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days: Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec. 6
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $480 members/ $540 non-members*
Materials: fee $30 payable to instructor
Prerequisite: Bookbinding I or permission of the instructor
This course introduces intermediate techniques, such as rounding and backing and sewn endbands, 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.

Japanese Stab Bindings
Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 evenings, Friday, Nov. 7 & 14
Hours: 6 - 9 p.m.
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
This 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.

Four Amusing Boxes in Five Days
Instructor: Don Taylor
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 Sundays, Nov. 9, 16, 23, Dec. 7, 14
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $400 members /$460 non-members*
Materials fee: $50 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: BB I, or permission of the instructor
Stretch out your box making skills on a series of satisfying exercises that will impress your friends.. You’ll start with a simple box with a hinged lid and move on to one with a drawer, a hexagonal box for your hexagonal objects and then a shadow box frame with glass for housing shadows. Work with leather, cloth, and decorated paper and go away with the skills you’ll need to put pretty much anything in storage.


Full Leather
Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days: M-F, Nov. 17 - 21
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $400 members/ $460 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 + cost of leather
Prerequisite: BB III
This course is a great follow up after BB III. Students will produce one book covered in full leather. Leather Paring, hand sewn end bands, end papers, and sewing structures will all be reviewed.

Further information and booking at: www.cbbag.ca

Autumn 2008 - Workshops in Gloucestershire

Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth - 5 week course on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th November, 1st December
Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm
Cost: £100.00

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

Designer Bookbinders Lectures 2008-2009

Tuesday 4th November
6.30pm - George Kirkpatrick - The Invisible Binder
"Where have you been hiding all these years?" is a frequently asked question to which George will give an explanation, illuminated by slides, of his binding-related work over more than forty years.

Saturday 10th January
10.30am - Ewan Clayton, calligrapher
The Written Artefact as a Contemplative Space
In this talk, which features a number of projects made in collaboration with Peter Jones, Ewan explores his thinking about the place hand-work has in a digital age and its importance in our lives.

12noon Jenni Grey - Design Basics
Adopting contemporary design tools and processes in your work and as a way of life.

2pm Simon Brett, wood engraver - The Painfull Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Simon's collaboration with the Barbarian Press on an edition of Shakespeare's Pericles, and their attempt to combine text and illustration meaningfully.

3.30pm Maureen Duke A Longlife Binder
Experience and experiences.

Tuesday 3rd February
6.30 pm Eri Funazaki A Bookbinder's Approach to Book Arts
How I incorporate design- binding techniques in book arts and why I am involved in making artist's books.

Dominic Riley A Bookbinder's Journey
From student days to post-Fellowship,Dominic's travels, teaching and working life in America and his adventures in the Lake District. Unusual requests, strange bindings, interesting folk and a little TV.

Tuesday 3rd March
6.30pm Dr Marianne Tidcombe The Middleton Lecture
Katharine Adams, her Life and Work: An account of England's foremost woman binder in the early 20th century. She was at the centre of the Arts and Crafts movement and bound books for the leading private presses and major collectors.

The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1
Nearest underground stations: Holborn and Russell Square
Admission: DB members £5, non-members £7, students £2.50 per lecture.
Four Tuesday lectures or all day Saturday: DB members £18, non-members £26 and students £9. Eight lectures: £36/£52/£18

Further details from Julia Dummett and Rachel Ward-Sale 01273 486718
Website:www.designerbookbinders.org.uk E-mail: lectures@designerbookbinders.org.uk

Leatherwork Courses with MacGregor & Michael, Tetbury. UK

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

Provisional Dates for 2008 and further information on the whole range of our courses, including courses on:

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

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

Val Michael at MacGregor & Michael
37 Silver Street

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

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

Leeds College of Technology, Yorkshire, UK

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

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

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

London College of Printing, London, UK

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

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

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

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

Here is an outline of each year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oxford Brookes University - Evening Classes

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

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

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

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