Volume 37 - Spring 2014


Dates for your Diary

*18th Bookbinders' Fair in Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
Sunday 13th April 2014

A lovely fair and an inspiring meeting place for hand bookbinders, book and paper restorers, paper artists, calligraphers and all others interested in the associated crafts. The event is open to both professionals and amateurs.

The event will be held at: 't Bau-huis, Slachthuisstraat 60, 9100, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
Furthermore information is available from www.boekbindbeurs.nl

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Seminar 2014
26th-28th June 2014, Cirencester

The Society of Bookbinders invite you to join them for their seventh Education & Training Seminar, to be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester - www.rau.ac.uk. The Royal Agricultural University boasts a modern, comfortable and extremely compact campus. In addition to the lectures, there will be an evening of informal demonstrations, a Suppliers' Fair and a fund-raising auction.

Thursday Evening
- National AGM
- Promenade: informal 'show-and-tell' events

Friday Morning

Dominic Riley - Restoration Quartet
Dominic will show four book restoration techniques which are very useful but rarely taught. First, how to build up loss on board corners using card, hemp fibre and Japanese paper. Then two kinds of endpaper joint repair - first, a way of saving the material in the joint when the endpaper has a printed pattern, and second, an approach to painting in a marbled pattern on a repaired joint. Lastly he will show how to line the spine of a cloth case with Japanese paper from the inside - a technique used when the cover cloth is weakened at the spine but not broken.

Paul Broadbent - A Bespoke Ring Binder
Paul will demonstrate how to make a bespoke ring binder that he originally designed for use in the visitor centre of a National Trust property. It is quarter bound in leather and buckram and has a rounded spine with raised bands and a leather label. During his demonstration Paul will discuss some of the challenges faced by the bookbinder when working with bespoke designs and repairing items that are not of a 'standard' book structure, such as concertina and stub-bound photograph albums. He will also show some of the techniques he has developed to help in these situations.

Friday Afternoon

Karenna Fry - Leafcasting
In her presentation Karenna will demonstrate how to use a leafcaster to fill in loss on paper using prepared pulp, water and gravity. She will give a background history of the technique, discussing leafcasting machines past and present, their advantages and limitations. She will also show simpler, manual methods and the basic kit needed. Calculating the amount of dry pulp to use per page in grams can be simple or fancy, using either a calculator or computer program. Karenna will show you the methods she has used, whilst being aware that there are variations on the technique.

Friday Evening
Auction - Please bring contributions!

Saturday Morning

Nicky Oliver - Creative Leather Dyeing
Leather dyes are useful for introducing artistic flourishes to design binding. Using a combination of aniline, spirit and conservation dyes, Nicky will demonstrate their various forms of application along with some top tips. She will show how a simple reverse transfer can create a basic structure for a design binding, along with various techniques such as masking, stencilling, marbling and craquelle. She will finish with a musical slide show illustrating examples of her many bindings over the past few years which have used these processes as part of the overall design.

Paolo Taddeo - Leather Decorating Techniques
There are many ways of using leather, gold and tooling to enhance fine bindings. Some are traditional, some contemporary. Paolo will share a variety of such techniques that he uses in his bindings. The techniques he will be exploring are: cold blind tooling (linocut, plastic, metal wire), cold gilding, feathered leather mosaics, leather manipulation, onlayed leather strips, raised leather application, raised and recessed relief, decorating with acrylic colours, and candle tooling. For each process he will emphasize the use of the right tools and how to transfer each technique onto the leather.

Saturday Afternoon

Rachel Ward-Sale - Double Boards Binding
This is a versatile technique for producing a robust binding with separately covered boards. It is useful when employing decorative techniques such as impressing or piercing, which are harder to execute once the book has been covered. Rachel will demonstrate how to attach the boards, cover the spine and boards in leather, and show some techniques for decorating the boards off the book. The demonstration will begin with a slideshow of double boards bindings, and there will be an opportunity to examine sample bindings at the end of the session.

Jan Zimmerlich - Woven Structure Binding
Jan will present his contemporary binding approach, the woven structure. This non-adhesive technique can be used with various materials such as plastic, wood, metal, parchment, paper and leather. Jan will show how to weave layers on parchment, paper and plastic tapes and how to add polycarbonate or light folded board covers. On another sample he will demonstrate his 'self-supporting' structure. This very light technique for small or slim books was developed and refined by Jan over years and was used on his special binding of Hamlet which was a Distinguished Winner in Designer Bookbinders' International Bookbinding Competition in 2013.

In addition to the speakers...

Suppliers' Fair
As in previous years, companies offering materials, tools and other equipment for bookbinding and related crafts will be an attraction to delegates.The Fair will be held in Boutflour Hall, close to the Conference Hall, where tea and coffee will also be served.

Full Delegate from Thursday:
- Members: £270
- Non-members: £290

Full Delegate from Friday am:
- Members: £240
- Non-members: £260

Day Delegate (Friday):
- Members: £110
- Non-members: £130

Day Delegate (Saturday):
- Members: £110
- Non-members: £130

Dinner for day delegates (Friday):
- £15

To book and register for this event, please go to the Society's web site at www.societyofbookbinders.com

*The Guild of Book Workers - Standards of Excellence Seminar in Hand Bookbinding 2014
9th-11th October 2014, Las Vegas

Held annually at a different location around the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event.

Presentations and Presenters - To be Announced

A supplier's trade fair will also be held throughout this event.

Further details and booking information are available from the Guild of Book Workers web site at www.guildofbookworkers.org

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.

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