Volume 31 - Spring 2011


Study Opportunities

Workshops in Suffolk

Doug Mitchell, from the British Library Conservation Laboratory has very kindly agreed to conduct a series of exciting and very useful workshops.

Library Binding quarter/half bound book with leather and hand made marble papers.
16th April 2011
Cost £55.00

Early Islamic binding in full leather
9th July 2011
Details of papers and leathers will follow later.
Cost £65.00

No Extras - All materials are supplied and so is lunch. Please let me know in advance if you are Vegetarian.

Booking - Numbers are strictly for a max of 14 persons. To secure your place please send a cheque together with your name and contact details to the address below.

Time - Start at 10 am and finish at approximately 4pm
The list of tools will be sent to you one week before the date of the workshop.

Venue and Further Details from:
Conservation Studio
555 Bentwaters Business Park
Suffolk, IP12 2TW
Tel: Tel 07931 927526

North Bennet Street School, Boston, Massachusetts

Bookbinding in America in the 19th Century
30th April 2011
Todd Pattison
Cost: $100

In 1800, most bookbinders worked in small shops consisting of a handful of workers and bound a wide range of materials. By 1900, bookbinding had become specialized and included individual artists working on elaborate leather bindings, large factories with hundreds of workers churning out mass-produced books and (for the first time) amateur binders learning the craft from commonly available bookbinding manuals.

This workshop examines the history of bookbinding in the 19th century, arguably the most dynamic time in the binding industry in the last 500 years. Although we discuss the two most important developments in 19th century bookbinding - the transition to case binding and the introduction of cloth as a binding material - all aspects of bookbinding establishments, book structures, materials, and binding equipment is examined.

Special emphasis is placed on important individuals throughout the century, rare or unusual bindings, elements of decoration, binding styles and the bibliographic significance of the 19th century binding.

New England GBW member Todd Pattison studied bookbinding with Fred Jordan in New York state in the 1970s and 1980s and continued his studies with Hugo Peller and Edwin Heim in Ascona, Switzerland. He has an Art History degree from Nazareth College and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Alabama. Todd was senior book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center for nineteen years and begins as the Harvard College Library Collections Conservator in September 2010.

Three Month Calligraphy and Illumination Intensive
12th September - 9th December 2011
08.30-14.30, with studio time until 16.30
Maryanne Grebenstein, Instructor
Course Cost: $6500

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we once again offer our comprehensive course in calligraphy, manuscript illumination, and bookbinding at North Bennet Street School. Taught by master calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein of The Abbey Studio, this course will cover in-depth calligraphy, layout and design, manuscript gilding, and the use of computers and calligraphy. The final project is creating a hand-lettered illuminated manuscript and binding it by hand.

The class begins with a thorough introduction to calligraphy, covering six lettering styles (five broad edged pen, one pointed pen), then moves on to layout and design - how to effectively use multiple styles of lettering on one piece, how to determine letter size, and how to utilize color. After that, work on letter drafting, drawing and painting letters for headings, logo design, and large lettering. Then work on manuscript gilding, utilizing gold leaf, gesso, and vellum. After gilding, class moves on to computers and calligraphy, learning how to convert hand lettered artwork into electronic media for utilization in computer graphics. Finally, create your illuminated manuscript, putting all of your skills together by designing and creating a hand-lettered manuscript and binding it into a book.

This class is designed for those with no prior experience as calligraphers or manuscript gilders; however, there will also be plenty to learn for those with more experience.

The tuition includes a materials fee for some supplies; students will be expected to provide most hand tools and materials. If you don't own any calligraphy or bookbinding supplies, expect to spend approximately $800-$1100 on tools and materials for this course, including supplies for your illuminated manuscript.

Online registration is available at www.nbss.edu or call the school at (+1) 617 227 0155.

Contemporary & Traditional Bookbinding in the Highlands & Islands
with Award Winning Bookbinder, Laura West

Contemporary Bookbinding
11th - 13th April 2011 in Portree, Isle of Skye
£40 per day or £95.00 for all three days. Hardback sketchbooks and contemporary hand sewn notebooks.
Real skills are gained through demonstrations, personal guidance and comprehensive course notes.
Contact: Laura West - books@laurawest.com, telephone: 01478 613 123

Bookbinding Workshops in Cumbria with Dominic Riley and Michael Burke

Welcome to our Spring offering for 2011. There's of variety of workshops here, from basic structures to more advanced techniques. We hope there will be plenty here for you to enjoy. Please remember, the workshops do tend to fill up quickly, so let us know as soon as you can if you'd like to book a place. We look forward to seeing you at the bench! All workshops are from 10am-5pm, at our bindery in Low Wood near Ulverston. Please note that space is limited to ten people. The cost of the workshops includes all materials (unless otherwise stated) and lunch.

One-Day Wednesday Workshops

Edge Decoration
6th April 2011
Every surface of the book is a canvas for decoration, and this includes the edges of the pages. This workshop will cover several methods of edge decoration, from the very simple to the advanced. We will start with a few traditional 'trade' methods - the solid wash, the newspaper sprinkle, the wash and sprinkle, and the sprinkled and burnished edge. Next will be the very handsome graphite edge, which gives a beautiful dark and shiny finish. We will end up with the contemporary and very artistic 'painted edge', which allows for complex layering of colouring and shapes which enhance the overall design of the binding.

The Ideal Sketchbook
27th April 2011
This structure is modeled on the nineteenth century sketchbooks used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered across the Lake District to draw and write. It opens beautifully, is very durable, and can be made at home with no equipment and a few simple tools. The pages are made from good cartridge paper - working from full sized sheets, we will fold and slit the paper to give a beautiful deckled edge. The book is sewn with linen thread on strong tapes, and has a cloth hinge for strength. It is rounded, for easy opening, but not backed, eliminating the need for a press. The case is made from cushioned boards covered in strong natural canvas that can withstand all the hard knocks associated with going 'out into the field'.

The Ideal Album
18th May 2011
A perfect accompaniment to the Sketchbook, this album is ingeniously designed and easy to make. The pages are made from folded card, hinged together with guards. The guards allow for the thickness of the photographs, and also do away with the need for sewing. Special preparation of the pages - involving accurate measuring, scoring and gluing - ensures that the finished album opens well and is very neat and square. The album is rounded, but not backed, and the cover is made from board covered with handsome English buckram. The album is very cleverly cased-in and requires only the lightest of weights to dry. And, best of all, like the sketchbook, it can be made with the simplest of hand tools and no specialist equipment.

Introduction to Headbands
8th June 2011
Headbands support the cover of a binding at the head and tail, and add a decorative element to the overall design. This workshop will cover a variety of headband styles suitable for cloth or leather bindings. We will begin by making two simple 'stuck-on' headbands, one from cloth and one from leather. We will then move on to the basics of sewn headbands, starting with a simple two colour style (common to old bindings), sewn with dyed linen around a hemp core, then to a silk-sewn headband around a vellum/leather core, finishing with a more complex three colour headband suitable for fine binding.

All one-day workshops are £40

Two and Three Day Weekend Workshops

NB: Three-day workshops are usually from Friday - Sunday. The exception here is the one in May which is from Saturday -Monday, to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Introduction to Leather Binding
16th-17th April 2011
This is a good introduction to working with leather, and will focus on the skills of knife sharpening, paring and covering. We will begin by making a traditional case binding, sewing the sections onto linen tapes, tipping on endpapers, gluing up the spine and trimming the edges. The book will then be rounded and backed in the press and have sprinkled edges, stuck-on headbands, and spine linings. Then we will make a quarter leather case, carefully paring the leather, paying particular attention to the thinning-out of the leather at the headcaps and turn-ins. The leather will then be attached to the boards and shaped to fit over the headbands. The leather will then be scored and trimmed out. Decorative pastepaper sides will then be attached, and the book cased in and pressed.

Restoring Cloth Bindings
6th-8th May 2011
Bring your cookbooks, dictionaries, and Victorian classics and learn how to repair them beautifully. This class covers all aspects of the restoration of cloth bindings. We'll pull and resew the textblock, then glue up the spine, re-rounding it to its original shape. New spine linings will be added and the original endpapers mended and reattached. The cover will be rebacked with dyed cotton, carefully lifting the original cloth using a technique which ensures an invisible repair. Other techniques covered will include: paste-washing dirty cloth; using acrylics to fill in stained areas; repairing boards with Japanese paper; invisible endpaper repair; painting in loss on printed designs; and other useful techniques that help restore the binding while preserving the aged look and feel of the book.

Leather Decorating Techniques
28th-30th May 2011 materials fee for leather)
From simple onlays to the more adventurous feathering, sanding and impressing, each of these techniques give different tactile and visual results to the finished surface of leather. Working on prepared panels, we will prepare the board for decoration, learning how to design, cut out and apply the leather accurately. Techniques covered include: simple raised onlays; back-pared onlays which produce a smooth surface; feathered onlays for a more painterly effect; inlays, useful for larger areas; decorative sanded onlays (a way of 'painting with leather'); impressed leather techniques, which allow patterns to be embossed in the leather; 'Tudor Style', or overlapping leather onlays; and, crucially, how to incorporate all of them together in a covering design.

The Nag Hammadi Codex
18th-19th June 2011(materials fee for leather)
The Nag Hammadi codices take their name from the Egyptian village where in 1945 a clay pot containing thirteen ancient books was discovered. These books are the earliest extant codex bindings ever found, and were uncovered in remarkably good condition. This workshop will lead you through the making of a codex bearing all the characteristic features of these early book structures. We will construct a sympathetic facsimile of the Nag Hammadi codex, and experience the structure and form of ancient bookbinding. We will make our version of this 3rd century book from a textblock of folded papyrus, bound together with knotted leather tackets on a leather spine piece and covered in boards stiffened by layers of papyrus. The boards will have leather edging strips. The structure will then be covered with hand-dyed North African goatskin. The book is held closed with leather ties and wrapping bands, which are integrated to the cover using a delicate slotting and lacing technique.

2 day workshops are £80, 3 day workshops are £120.
If you need to stay overnight, we can help with B&B accommodation.

Low Wood House, Low Wood, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8LY. 015395 31161. dom.riley@hotmail.com

Bookbinding and Paper Marbling workshops in Presteigne in the Welsh borders

Bookbinding, A Foundation
16th-17th April 2011
£195 for all tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments
Tearing paper leads to folding paper leads to cutting paper leads to sewing paper together leads to gluing paper leads to pressing paper leads to a book which gives the skills that will make a multisection case bound book which will start your bookbinding life. You might even get round to discussing what defines a book! At least two books will be made. This course introduces the student to paper, bookcloth, adhesives and many other materials used in bookbinding and how they interact with each other. Also the many skills and safe use of simple bookbinding tools required of a bookbinder.

Bookbinding Workshops in Wiltshire and Berkshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further information is available from www.bookbindingworkshops.com

Bookbinding in Gloucestershire

All ability workshops and courses in new or repair binding

Chipping Campden 10.00 - 16.00. A permanent venue with a good collection of equipment.
April 2011 - 6th, 13th, 26th, 27th and 28th
August 2011 - 10th, 11th, 12th
October 2011 - 26th, 27th
November 2011 - 24th 25th

Nailsworth Workshops 09.30 - 15.30. A Nice room with a reasonable sized nipping press on site.
April 2011 - 2/3 day workshop 18th, 19th and 20th
July 2011 - 19th, 20th, 21st

Workshop Costs and Course Fees
1 Day £37.50
2 Days £70.00
3 Days £105.00
4 Days £140.00
5 Days £170.00
6 Days £198.00

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

The School for Formal Bookbinding, Plains, Pennsylvania

The purpose of the School for Formal Bookbinding is to provide high quality instruction in hand bookbinding. Emphasis is placed on the understanding that a successful hand-bound book is the result of interrelated decisions about structure, technique and material at every stage of the binding process.

The school is located in Northeast Pennsylvania between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton and is equidistant from New York City and Philadelphia.

For its fifth year in existence the school will offer the progressive series of one week classes (Bookbinding 1 through 6) twice, and the two leather binding classes a third time; three weekend workshops; a three day enclosure class which will produce a portfolio and a clamshell box; and a new class to introduce binders to two less known but interesting binding structures.

In the case of classes scheduled in sequential weeks students who sign up for both classes can do so at a reduced tuition and housing rate. Anyone with specific interests or ideas for classes not listed is encouraged to contact us.

Schedule for 2011

16th - 17th April 2011 - Introduction to Paper Repair

25th -29th April 2011 - Foundations of Hand Bookbinding (Bookbinding 1)

2nd - 6th May 2011 - Introduction to Case Binding (Bookbinding 2)

13th - 15th May 2011 - Enclosures

23rd - 27th May 2011 - Two Structures

6th - 10th June 2011 - Introduction to Leather Binding (Bookbinding 4)

13th - 17th June 2011 - Full Leather Binding (Bookbinding 5)

20th - 24th June 2011 - Cloth Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 3)

27th June- 1st July 2011 - Leather Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 6)

11th - 15th July 2011 - Foundations of Hand Bookbinding (Bookbinding 1)

18th - 22nd July 2011 - Introduction to Case Binding (Bookbinding 2)

30th - 31st July 2011 - Edge Gilding

12th - 16th September 2011 - Introduction to Leather Binding (Bookbinding 4)

19th - 23rd September 2011 - Full Leather Binding (Bookbinding 5)

1st - 2nd October 2011 - Introduction to Titling and Tooling

17th - 21st October 2011 - Cloth Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 3)

24th - 28th October 2011 - Leather Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 6)

Class size - All classes have a maximum of five participants.

Tuition - Tuition is $210 for two-day classes; $550 for five-day classes; $880 for ten-day classes. Any material fees are listed with each class. A deposit is requested to hold a place in a workshop: $50 for a weekend, $100 for longer classes. Deposits should be received, at the latest, two weeks before the class runs. We will also need to know whether housing is needed. Fees are payable by check, Mastercard, Visa, or Discover.

Further details are available from the School's web site: www.donrashfinebookbinder.com

City Lit Institute, London

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

Further information from the City Lit web site

The American Academy of Bookbinding, Telluride, Colorado

Basics in Paper Conservation
25th - 29th April 2011
Instructor: Renate Mesmer

Participants will learn various repair techniques for tears and losses, humidification, basic washing and deacidification of paper. Morning lectures will cover history of paper making, basic paper chemistry, material studies as well as damage analysis and condition reports. The goal of this course is to apply as much of the theory in hands-on treatments as possible and give ample time for practice.

Sewing Structures
2nd - 6th May 2011
Instructor: Renate Mesmer

The course on Sewing Structures will concentrate on various methods of sewing that will include link stitch and sewing on single and double cords using herringbone or all along sewing. Sewing using a concertina guard will be practiced. Various styles of endpapers will be constructed and attached to the textblocks.

Restoration of Cloth and Leather Bindings
9th - 13th May 2011, followed by a one-day intensive on the 14th May 2011 on Leather Rebacking
Instructor: Brenda Parsons

This course teaches the techniques for the restoration and repair of cloth and leather bindings, using Japanese paper and linen for rebacking and other repairs. Matching repairs to the bindings colors will also be taught, along with leather rebacking, which will be the focus of the all day workshop.

For more information please visit the academy at: www.ahhaa.org

CBBAG Workshop Program, Toronto

Preservation Enclosures

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

Bookbinding II Intensive

Instructor: Dan Mezza
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 6 days: Mon. - Sat., Apr. 11 - 16, 2011
Hours: 09.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $510 members/ $570 non-members*
Materials fee: $30 payable to the instructor
Prerequisites: BB I, or the permission of the instructor
This six-day course introduces intermediate techniques, such as rounding and backing and sewn end bands, necessary for traditional binding structures. Participants will sew two models, completing one as a German case binding and the other as either a Bradel or split board binding.

Lightweight Boxes

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 evening: Friday, April 29, 2011
Hours: 18.00 - 21.00
Course fee: $45
Materials fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
In this evening workshop participants learn to make an attractive drop-spine box covered with bookcloth and chiyogami. No previous box making experience is necessary for this workshop.

Heavyweight Boxes

Instructor: Louise Granahan
Location: CBBAG Bindery
Duration: 1 day: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00
Course fee: $95
Materials fee: $25 payable to the instructor
Prerequisite: none
Make a lovely tower box with 4 separate compartments and a lid in this one day workshop. Learn how to make proper hinges, how to cover boxes neatly, and how to fit boxes properly. This box will be covered in chiyogami and bookcloth.

Identifying Photographs

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

Edition Binding of a Miniature Book

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

Textile Construction

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

Coptic Binding

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

Finishing Refresher

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

Japanese Stab Bindings

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

Gilding and Onlay

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

Bookbinding I Intensive

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

Further details from www.cbbag.ca

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 with Douglas Mitchell

For over nine years, Douglas Mitchell has been holding various workshops covering all aspects of Paper Conservation and Book Restoration at 'Beginners', 'Intermediate' and 'Advanced' Levels. They are held three times a year at a beautiful location in the Lake District and are residential. For details contact me Doug Mitchell on booksurgeon@gmail.com or the colleges website, Higham Hall.

He also holds one day workshops in Suffolk, London and Northamptonshire.

Douglas is an apprenticed Bookbinder, working at The British Museum and Foreign Office binderies and currently working as a Paper Conservator and Book Restorer at The British Library with over 35 years experience.

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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