Volume 29 - Spring 2010


Study Opportunities



Book arts workshops/presentations, British Columbia, Summer 2010

Denman Island

Hand Bookbinding

Instructor: Don Taylor
Denman Island Arts Centre
4th -8th August 2010 - 09.30 - 15.30
Workshop fee: $350. Materials fee: $30
This five-day course (equivalent to CBBAG Bookbinding I) 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 students to explore bookbinding on their own or continue with more advanced studies.

Tunnel Books

Instructor: Lorraine Douglas
Denman Island Arts Centre
Saturday, July 10th - 11th July 2010 - 09.30 - 15.30
Workshop fee: $150. Materials fee: $15
Tunnel books were first created in the 19th century as souvenir items for important historic events or to display scenery from attractions around the world. This format is now used by contemporary book artists who explore their own artistic visions and personal messages in a unique structure. A tunnel book uses a window to peep into 'pages' or cut paper scenes hinged on two accordion folds. This is a great class for teachers! The emphasis in this workshop is on fun, experimentation and creativity. Students will make a simple tunnel book from coloured paper and a unique book based on each participant's personal theme.


Intoroduction to Letterpress design, Hand Composition and printing

Instructors: Crispin Elsted and Jan Elsted Barbarian Press
19th - 24th July 2010 - 09.30 - 15.30
Workshop fee: approx. $600
Materials fee: To be determined. Limited to five participants
This six-day intensive workshop will begin with a brief introduction to type and typographical history, with special attention to the private press. You will then be guided through the design, hand-setting, printing and sewing of a four- or eight-page pamphlet in an edition of a dozen or so. No previous experience necessary. Instruction will be tailored to individual needs. Accommodation: Participants can stay with us. There is no charge for this. We ask that everyone chip in to a pool for food (usually $100 a head), and cook one dinner. (We have five cats and one dog. Please ask about alternate accommodation if this is a problem for you.)


Travelling East/West

Instructor: Reg Beatty Emily Carr University of Art & Design
9th - 12th July 2010 - 12.00 - 17.00
Workshop fee: $250 plus materials fee
We'll make a multi-volume set of Japanese sidesewn books with handmade papers housed in a silk-covered wrapper with bone clasps, and a book with Western handmade paper, supported sewing, rounded spine, and leather edging, housed in a slipcase.

On the Edge of Reading

A free public presentation by Reg Beatty

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

13th July 2010 - 18.00 - 22.00
The digitization and uploading of the contents of world libraries and the development of 'electronic readers' puts the future of the physical, printed book in doubt. This talk takes us through some of these troubled waters to identify an expanded sense of what we actually do when we read.

Meeting Half Way - Hybrid Books

Instructor: Reg Beatty
Emily Carr University of Art & Design
14th - 17th July 2010 - 12.00 - 17.00
Workshop fee: $250 plus materials fee
In this class we will anatomize both Eastern and Western book materials and techniques with a view to re-combine them in unexpected ways. We will work on two models using a 'mashup' of traditional as well as unusual materials and experimental forms.


Leather Paring & Rebacking

Instructor: Don Taylor
Meadland Bindery, Brentwood Bay
1st - 2nd August 2010 - 09.30 - 16.30
Workshop fee: CBBAG members: $165
Non-members: $195. Materials fee included Phone 250.598.5999 to register.
In this workshop you will learn how to prepare leather for use in leather bound books with special emphasis on paring (feathering the edges and turn-ins). Bring two or three hardbound books (cloth or leather) in need of repair for rebacking in this hands-on class.

On The Road: Japanese Book Forms

Instructor: Reg Beatty
Island Blue Print art store
24th 25th July 2010 - 10.00 - 16.30
Workshop fee: CBBAG members: $112
Non-members: $140
A $25 materials fee will be collected by the instructor
This workshop is designed for those with a desire to 'travel light.' Inspired by the simplicity and refinement of traditional Japanese book making, but taking a contemporary approach, we'll create a set of miniature books, using a variation of classic stab-binding, and house it all in a case with a wooden clasp. CBBAG member registration: Send a $112 cheque made out to Island Blue Print to: Vivienne Bruce, PO Box 42051 RPO Oak Bay, Victoria BC V8R 6T4. For the member rate, the cheque must be received by May 28. Registrations after that date will be through Island Blue Print at the regular rate.

From The Outside In: Designing Better Books

A free public presentation by Reg Beatty at the University of Victoria Library, Room 210
23rd July 2010 - 19.00 - 20.30
This lecture introduces the questions any would-be book designer must ask and eventually answer - about format, layout, and type choice. We will consider these in an historical and in a contemporary context through an examination of actual books and a review of the current literature on the subject.

Urchfont Manor College, Devizes Wiltshire

14th - 17th June 2010 - Millimetre Binding - Tutor: Lori Sauer

19th 23rd July 2010 - Conservation and Restoration - Tutor: Maureen Duke

Booking and further information is available from www.urchfont.co.uk

Bookbinding Classes at City Lit, London

Fold, Sequence Bound
Clare Bryan will be teaching ‘Fold, Sequence Bound’ a short summer school course at the City Lit. This four day course will bring together imaginative mark making and simple book structures to form a unique hand made book, developing your ideas through the structure of the book exploring sequence, narrative and space. The course starts on Monday 13th July through to Thursday 16th from 10.30am to 4.30pm, see course outline for details of what to bring to the first session.

Location for all courses: City Lit, Keeley street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA

For further information on any of the and to read the course outline see the prospectus at www.citylit.ac.uk
or ring 020 7831 7831 (enrolments) or 020 7492 2700 (Visual Arts Department)

Bookbinding classes in Los Angeles, with Charlene Matthews

This is the new class schedule. Beginners and others are welcome. Others will be able to use the sharfix and kwikprint. Charlene triesto limit classes to five people. Each class is $130.00 A deposit of $60.00 is required to reserve your space. You must cancel at least one week a head for a refund, as there is always a waiting list.

Most book styles can be seen on Charlene's web site under Book Art.

Classes are held on Saturdays, 10am to 4pmish, at:
Charlene Matthews Bindery
5720 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

22nd May 2010 - An entire book made out of pliable window screen
Ok, covers will be covered board of some type.

Bring tools if you have them, otherwise just show up. Parking in the back via Lucerne, Do Not Park in the Framers Spaces. Bring a lunch or walk over go as a group to a local take out. There is no heating in the bindery, if it is a chilly day, please wear layers.

The Morgan Art of Paper Making: Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio

Greek Stitch Binding on Wooden Boards
22nd - 23rd May 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructed by Fran Kovac
Learn to work with wooden boards to create a contemporary binding with its roots in the past. Wooden boards were the standard in bookbinding for a thousand years and we will borrow from history to create a contemporary binding using a stitch that dates back to the 7th century. You will shape and drill your boards, create a simple closure and sew a multi-signature blank book using Byzantine or Greek stitching. The open spine sewing, which is a variant of the Coptic link stitch, is sewn on two halves of the book, then linked together to forma spine which allows for the book to open flat. The book is finished with the chain stitched Coptic endband that adds both elegance and strength to the binding. No prior experience is necessary.
Cost $180 - Please bring a basic bookbinding kit including a bone folder, scalpel or knife, awl, pencil, ruler and right-angle triangle, square, scissors, needles, a cutting mat, a rag for waxing the boards and smooth needle nose or bent nose pliers. - Class limit 12.

Paper Extravaganza
22nd - 23rd May 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructed by Tom Balbo and James Pernotto
Experiment with casting paper, pulling paper, colouring paper and pushing the limits of this flexible medium. Immerse yourself in the language of fibre from the perspective of James Pernotto, a nationally recognized artist and educator. Work sculpturally, painterly, graphically, or just pull sheets of paper. The art lab will be in full swing at the Morgan. You can take advantage of all the possibilities, use a variety of tools, work on a large scale and combine print and paper. Let your imagination expand and challenge James and Tom who will be there to guide you through your paper extravaganza experience. This workshop will also include a collaborative project generated by all participants.
Cost $180 - Class limit 12.

Paper Fun
5th June 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructed by Tom Balbo and a Surprise Guest Artist
Getting wet in June will be fun. Join Tom and another artist as we experiment, play and make sheets of paper. Your imagination is the only limit. We will supply the equipment and hopefully you will bring your playful side. Let the seductive side of papermaking take you on a journey of both process and visual stimulation. Getting back to the notion of play is what this workshop is about. No papermaking experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is required! Cost $90 - Class limit

Full Circle: Paper + Print
19th - 20th June 2010 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Instructed by Claudio Orso-Giacone
This is a vigorous workshop that can be a full-immersion experience for the beginner as much as a wild challenge for the accomplished maker. We will produce a batch of paper, carve a relief image, and print it on our custom-made paper. Given the time limitations, we suggest keeping the relief piece in a manageable size (our standard mold and deckles measure about 8'' x 11''), although we can arrange special solutions for accommodating specific student's requests. We would be making the paper on Saturday, dry it overnight, and on Sunday we will be carving and proofing the blocks to the completion stage.
Cost $190 - Class limit 12.

Crossed Structure (Non-Adhesive) Binding
26th - 27th June 2010 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Instructed by Sylvia Ramos Alotta
The crossed structure binding is quick, inexpensive and versatile. It may be applied to both creative bindings and to situations where a large number of books need to be bound in a non-invasive way at low cost. This practical and attractive binding method combines the simplicity of non-adhesive binding with a unique overlapping strap structure reminiscent of clasped hands. Sylvia will show students how they can create their own book using very little equipment and good quality materials (such as paper, suede and leather) with accurate measuring and cutting. Books made with crossed structure binding make great travel journals.
Cost $220 - Class limit 12.

More information will be available soon at: www.morganconservatory.org

The Society of Bookbinders - London & South Region Autumn Programme

11th September 2010 - Doug Mitchell - Long Stitch Binding

Doug has been a bookbinder for 40 years. He was a five year apprentice and has worked for the British Museum and Foreign Office Binderies. Doug is now working as a paper and book conservator at the British Library Centre for Conservation in London. He is a regular face at the SoB conferences lecturing at York in 2007.

The long stitch binding was an early form of book which prevailed from the 1st to 4th centuries. This early codex binding, like the Coptic book structure, is still very popular with the modern binder. This is because there are so many methods of sewing a long stitch. For our purposes we are going to concentrate on one simple style which is the leather wrapper structure.

This one day introduction will have you reproducing this early form of book structure but using modern papers to produce a decorative and pleasing non-adhesive binding.

PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional materials charge of £15 per member, which can be paid on the day. If you prefer to bring your own leather the dimensions are 20mm x 48mm and the charge for paper only will be £6.

Please bring the following if you can:
- Leather (optional)
- Ruler
- Bonefolder
- Scissors
- Pencil/rubber
- Needle (medium)
- Cutting mat
- Dividers
- Bookbinders awl
- Glue brush (medium)

Numbers will be strictly limited to 20 for this practical workshop, 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 Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF. The nearest underground connections are Piccadilly and Green Park. Members should be aware that the room being used is situated on the second floor and is only accessible via stairs.

9th October 2010 - Stephen Conway - Decorative Techniques for Paper/Leather & a Quarter Leather Dropback Box

After serving a five year apprenticeship Stephen established his own business in 1985 and now runs one of the few commercial craft binderies operating in the North of England. Situated in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the bindery specializes in fine bookbinding for publishers and collectors, small to medium run limited editions for private presses, boxmaking and repair/rebind work for the antiquarian book trade. He accepts commissions for fine bindings and his bindings are to be found in private collections and institutions worldwide, including the British Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington and the Lilly Library in Indiana. His most recent project, in conjunction with James and Stuart Brockman, has been the binding of 'The Highgrove Florilegium'.

The morning session, which will be similar to that given at the recent Training Seminar in Chester, will start with a discussion on how decorated papers and decorative techniques have played a large part in his design binding work over the years. Stephen will then demonstrate the making of: paste papers, salt papers, hand painted papers, craquele calf, and reconstituted leather parings. In the afternoon Stephen will show us how he uses one of the above when he makes a quarter leather dropback box.

The workshop will be held in the upstairs hall at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1. The entrance to the venue is between 34 and 36 Kelly St and there is limited car parking at the rear of the building on Kentish Town Road, near the corner with Prince of Wales Road. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

30th October 2010 - Chris Rowlatt - Book Edge Marbling

This one day workshop will offer a brief introduction to marbling as well as the skills and experiences needed to be able to decorate book edges with marbling using acrylic inks. A brief explanation of the aims of the course is followed by the recipes and methodology for their preparation. Students will create three samplers that will explain the methods used for creating some of the standard patterns found in traditional marbling.

The course aims to introduce the skills and give the necessary information required for successful book edge marbling. Skills covered are: size making, ink preparation, efficient print making, book edge preparation, edge dipping, and using trindles (if time). At the end of the course, the student should have some confidence in their marbling abilities as well as having achieved some decorated book edges.

The tutor will have all equipment required available e.g. trays, drying rack, combs, ink pots and dipsticks, etc and also plenty of book blocks for experimentation and practice. Notes on marbling will be given to each participating student.

PLEASE NOTE: There is an additional materials charge of £15 per member, which should be paid to the tutor on the day

Please bring:
- A few sewn unrounded book blocks
- A laced in boards book that has been rounded and backed.
- Don't be too ambitious as to size.
- If you have a pair or pairs of trindles, please bring them.
- Apron/overall
- An open mind

Numbers will be strictly limited to 16 for this practical workshop, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis - places will be reserved once payment is received!

The workshop will be held in room C32 of Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1. The nearest Tube station is Lambeth North. The cafeteria will be open.

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

The American Academy of Bookbinding - Telluride, Colorado and Ann Arbor, Michigan

The American Academy of Bookbinding is offering several different conservation classes this spring.

Ann Arbor, Michigan at Hollander's
Don Etherington is teaching a one-week course:
24th - 28th May - Rebacking of Leather Bindings
Each class offers intensive instruction and hands-on practice in repair and meets 9am-5pm. Following these two weeks, Don will teach a further two weeks:
31st May - 11th June - Finishing
This class wil focus on spine lettering with gold foil and gold leaf using hand tools, tooling using gold and blind techniques, and tooling and simple onlays and inlays on plaquettes.

Don Etherington is Director of Conservation at AAB, and founded the Etherington Conservation Center in Greensboro, NC.

For more information on these and other AAB classes, visit www.ahhaa.org or contact aab@ahhaa.org.

Bookbinding Courses in Gloucestershire

All ability Courses/Workshops in New or Repair Binding

2010 Workshops

Workshop Costs:
£37.50 for 1 day
£70.00 for 2 days
£105.00 for 3 days

CHIPPING CAMPDEN - 10.00am - 4.00pm
JULY - Mon 26th Tues 27th & Wed 28th
OCTOBER - Thurs 14th & Fri 15th

Monday - Tuesday the week of the Bank Holiday 9.30am - 2.30pm
May 24th Tuesday June 1st Monday 7th 14th & 21st

£145.00 for the 4 weeks or £37.50 per week

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

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

CBBAG workshops which will be held at the CBBAG bindery in Toronto

2010WKSP-17 - - NEW!
Edition Binding of a Miniature Book
Instructor: Robert Wu

Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 2 days: Sat. & Sun., May 29 & 30
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $160 members / $220 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.

Paper Decoration + Drop Spine Binding

Instructor: Monique Lallier
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days: M-F, June 14 - 18
Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Course fee: $500 members / $560 non-members*
Materials- fee: included in the Course Fee
Prerequisite: BB I, or permission of the instructor
This five-day workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first two days, Monique will teach a new method for decorating paper that she has developed. In the last three days, she will teach the -drop spine- binding, a new structure that she has been using. Participants will make their own paper, which they will then use in the binding.

Paper Treatments
Instructor: Betsy Palmer Eldridge

Location: 24 Castle Frank Cres., Toronto
Duration: 5 days: M-F, June 21 - 25
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Course fee: $ 400 members / $460 non-members*
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: Bookbinding III, or permission of the instructor
This five day course covers the basic treatments used to solve the paper problems that binders frequently encounter in printed book materials. The course includes topics such as mould, pressure sensitive tape, minor tears, tide lines, localized staining, cockling, acidity and discolouration. Washing, drying, and flattening methods will be taught. Participants should bring examples of paper problems (preferably unbound) to work on, under supervision.

Album Structures
Instructor: Dan Mezza

Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 5 days, M-F, July 5 -9
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Course fee: $400 members/ $460 non-members*
Materials- fee: $20 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: BB I, or permission of the instructor
This five day course will explore album structures and various ways of mounting photos, documents and small works on paper on album pages. Students will construct a Victorian style album for photographs, an
album with a cloth-hinged spine, and a fascicule album for the storage of letters and documents.

Further information is available at: www.cbbag.ca

Edinburgh Printmakers - Summer School 2010

Week 1: 19 - 22 July 2010 - Digital Imaging and Screenprinting

Week 2: 26 - 29 July 2010 - Acrylic Resist Etching

Week 2: 26 - 29 July 2010 - Stone Lithography

Week 3: 2 - 5 August 2010 - Japanese Woodblock Printing

Our summer school for 2010 comprises four separate courses. Participants may choose to attend for one or more weeks. Each course lasts for 4 days allowing ample opportunity to learn each process and then explore it's creative possibilities in a far more advanced way than a weekend course allows.

Summer School courses run from Monday - Thursday 10 am - 5 pm with Friday being an optional free untutored day to complete any printing. Each course is also accompanied by comprehensive notes and a free associate membership of Edinburgh Printmakers until April 2011. Courses are booking now so book now to avoid disappointment!

Price per week is £330 which includes all materials. There is also a discount for those wishing to attend a class in both weeks, £620 for 2 weeks or £800 for all 3 weeks.

Small class sizes, maximum 8 participants, ensure that there is ample opportunity for hands-on participation and guidance from our tutors. The summer school offers a great opportunity to spend four days making prints in our well equipped spacious workshop with attentive instruction from our experienced tutors. As the class runs from Monday to Thursday, participants can use the Friday to finish off any printing etc in the studio although this day is not tutored. In past years, our summer schools have been attended by artists from all over Britain and abroad with many people choosing to stay in Edinburgh and continue working in the print-studio for a week or two after the course. Printmaking specialists and beginners alike can be accommodated by each class with personal tuition developing each individuals area of interest.

Below are brief summaries of each course. For full details, visit the Edinburgh Printmakers website:

Week 1: 19 - 22 July 2010 - Digital Imaging and Screenprinting
Course Tutors: Gillian Murray, Leena Nammari

Digital imaging and Screenprinting will explore the fusion of old and new. Initially exploring ways of using Adobe Photoshop software to manipulate and prepare images for output to acetate. The course will concentrate on the practicalities of creating work digitally with a view to printing acetate separations for screenprinting. The acetates will then be exposed to screens and used to explore the images further using traditional hands-on printmaking techniques. There will be some exploration of combining layers made digitally with hand drawn (autographic) separations and ample opportunity for people to spend time with either digital manipulation or printmaking.

Previous experience: some basic experience of Adobe Photoshop and working with Apple Macs is required.

Week 2: 26 - 29 July 2010 - Acrylic Resist Etching and Photopolymer Intaglio
Course tutor: Bronwen Sleigh

Our aim is to encourage a more experimental approach to etching & intaglio. The course will explore the use of water-based acrylic resists, new hard resists and etch processes (including photo-etching) that can make the whole process both safe and enjoyable! Beginning with a full examination of new photo-etch processes, we will further develop the images using a range of progressive etch techniques. Latterly we will examine printing techniques and the inks available.

We begin by looking at how these techniques have developed and how they relate to traditional photo printmaking processes. Finally our aim will be to integrate what we have already learnt about photo-etch technique with the various techniques of progressive resists. This will allow us to further manipulate the imagery and develop ideas and themes.

Week 2: 26 - 29 July 2010 - Stone Lithography
Course tutor: Alastair Clark

This masterclass will explore the fascinating mark-making and layering possibilities of stone lithography. Working directly on the stones' surface allows a direct approach to making marks and images. Explore drawing and transfer techniques including crayon, tusche washes, and photocopy transfers. Find out how to prepare stones for printing and experiment with this wonderful medium. This course gives a comprehensive introduction to Stone Lithography and is suitable either for those without previous lithography experience or for those wishing to refresh their skills. During the course each person will produce prints exploring the unique mark-making opportunities offered by the medium and learn the practicalities of preparing and printing lithographs by hand.

Edinburgh Printmakers has a well equipped lithography studio, with 3 motorised stone presses a wide range of stones and a stone-lift trolley to take much of the effort out of printing enabling the artist to focus on the creative possibilities of the medium.

Week 3: 2 - 5 August 2010 - Japanese Water-Based Woodblock Printing, Summer School
Course Tutor: Paul Furneaux

This four day masterclass in Japanese Water-based woodblock printing will explore the wide range of materials and techniques used in this intriguing, subtle and ancient process. The course will consist of a combination of demonstrations, group exploration followed by the opportunity for each individual to create and print.

Paul was awarded a Monbusho scholarship to undertake a Masters in woodblock printing at Tama Art University Japan.

"I have always admired the prints of the Ukiyoe masters. I subsequently became interested in the many contemporary Japanese printers using some of these limited and simple techniques in contemporary and often complex ways. The underlying themes in my work have remained similar over the years at times less obvious although there to be picked up on if desired. I feel the grain of the wood is an integral part of the finished print. Also the versatility of the hand made Japanese paper "Washi" has allowed me to print not only conventionally on the front of the paper but also through the back of the paper to."

Booking a place on the summer school

To find out more about a course in our summer school or to book a place please contact:
enquiries@edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk or Tel: +44 (0)131 557 2479

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:
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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