Volume 38 - Autumn 2014


Study Opportunities

Southern Bookcrafts Club Training Days, Winchester, Hampshire

Maureen Duke on Binding Single Sheets
Saturday 25th October 2014
Three options will be shown.
Apply by 13th October. £35

Sonia Bradford on Repairing Pages & Cleaning Paper Saturday 22nd November 2014
Instruction and practice.
Apply by 10th November. £45

Maureen Duke on Re-backing Cloth Cased Books
Saturday 20th December 2014
Techniques for cloth repairs and colouring.
Apply by 8th December. £35

There will be an additional charge of £5.00 per person payable at each session for materials etc.
All courses take place at the club's bindery in Winchester (Hampshire) and run from 10:30 to 16:30

The Southern Bookcrafts Club exists to develop the craft of bookbinding and book restoration in our region. We have a fully equipped dedicated bindery for use by bookbinders individually (or in groups for training days). Most members meet at the bindery on Friday mornings but full members have 24x7 access to the bindery. We are privileged in that Maureen Duke, past President of The Society of Bookbinders has agreed to preside over the SBC. Maureen leads a team of specialist tutors for the Training Days. The Club welcomes new members. Please contact Jack Walters if you would like to visit us or just drop in on a Friday morning. The bindery is between the centre of Winchester and Junction 9 of the M3, easily accessible by road and served by local bus services.

More information, including Application Forms and detailed maps on how to find the bindery
are available on the club's web site at www.sbookc.org.uk
or please contact the Club's Secretary/Course Registrar, Jack Walters
on tel. 0238026 6969 or email jwalters@care4free.net

Bookbinding & Book Repair with Laura West in Logie Steading, Forres, Scotland
27th-29th October 2014

Three days of hands-on learning in Logie Steading's popular Long Room venue. £210 including lunch, refreshments, materials and use of all bindery tools and equipment.

Bookbinding from Scratch - A class suitable for beginners, but will also include more challenging book structures for any with previous bookbinding experience.

Special Project - The Gardening Journal: A variety of bindings offering a selection of inspiring journals in pamphlet, leather and hardback styles. (Including Library Style for more advanced students.)

Book Repair from Scratch - With new materials and techniques to be explored, both Laura and Chris will be on hand to help you in restoring and stabilising your favourite books.

These courses run simultaneously with two lecturers on hand throughout.

For more details go to www.laurawest.com


A group of professional binders has made a side step from convention and put a modern stamp on books for the 21st century. They have either developed new ideas or rekindled and updated bindings from the past. Their ideas and techniques are now brought together in this series of workshops at BINDING re:DEFINED.

During the calendar year we offer a programme of one to four-day workshops covering a range of topics. Some are suitable for those with little or no exposure to bookbinding while others are for those with more experience.

Leather Decoration with Benjamin Elbel
2nd November 2014
Marden - £80
Leather is without a doubt the finest bookbinding material but its natural grain can have a somewhat conservative feel and look, not necessarily suited to contemporary work. In this one-day workshop you will learn how to create rich and interesting patterns and textures onto suede leather, which can then be used as a covering material.

The Fin Book with Lori Sauer
15th November 2014
Marden - £80
This beguiling book is another intriguing innovation from Carmencho Arregui. Along with her other work, it is aesthetically beautiful, functionally sound and adaptable for many uses. The sections are sewn along with interleaved strips of stiff paper to create a spine that resembles the of the fins of a fish. This strong visual feature allows air and light to circulate through a truly original binding.

Workshops for 2015

Chinese Thread Book with Lori Sauer
11th February 2015

Staples in Stone with Sün Evrard
9th-11th March 2015

The Pompidou  with Lori Sauer 
21st-22 April 2015

BINDING re:DEFINED is run and managed by Lori Sauer.
She can be contacted directly at bookbindingworkshops@gmail.com

School for Formal Bookbinding Schedule with Don Rash, Plains, Pennsylvania

We are pleased to present the upcoming SFB classes for 2014. As usual, the six core classes will be offered twice, and we'll be running three weekend classes. Tuition and housing prices have been slightly increased: $240 for two day classes, $600 for five day classes and $960 for two classes in a row (a 20% discount); the rooms at Powell Street are $35 a night.

The 2014 class schedule:
3rd-7th November - Cloth Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 3)
10th-14th November - Leather Binding Conservation (Bookbinding 6)

For detailed information about the School and about individual classes please go to the website www.donrashfinebookbinder.com
or feel free to call the School at 1 570 8217050.

Bookbinding structure with Ben Elbel - London

This series of short courses explores alternative ways of constructing and designing books, resulting from Benjamin's extensive research and experience in the field. The host is the brilliant London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) in Hackney Wick. These workshops are offered to experienced bookbinders, however they have proven popular among beginner bookbinders as well as photographers, artists, or anyone involved with books and interested in a different approach than the strictly traditional. All materials are included, and tool kits are available if you haven't got your own. Enrolment is limited to 8 students. We look forward to meeting you!

WorkshopsTue-mouche bindings
12th-13th November 2014, 10.00-16.00, £150

Tue-mouche bindings are semi-flexible bindings in folded paper, suitable for artist books, conservation bindings or stationery. The spine construction derives from the 'dos rapporte' binding and offers a flawless opening. In this two day course, three models will be made, exploring different cover-to-text and cover-to-spine attachments, as well as different closure systems. The technique offers very simple and effective design opportunities which will be pointed out by the tutor.

Further information on these workshops is available at www.elbel-libro.com
or by contacting Benjamin by phone on 07733730178
or email benjamin.elbel@gmail.com

Please note: Benjamin also teaches some of these classes via Skype.
To find out more, visit www.elbel-libro.com

Teaching Opportunities at the London Centre for Book Arts

Come and teach at the LCBA! The centre is looking to add more workshops to their schedule. If you have an idea for a workshop to teach at the Centre, please let them know by filling in the form on their web site.

You can see examples of their current workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

Questions? Get in touch with Simon at simon@londonbookarts.org

Bookbinding with Doug Mitchell

Higham Hall, Cumbria

The Glazia Codex Binding
24th-27th October 2014

For further information go to www.highamhall.com

For over 12 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 Doug Mitchell on booksurgeon@gmail.com. He also holds one day workshops in Suffolk, (Judith Viesner studios), London (SOB London region) and the Lit. & Phil. Library, Newcastle.

Doug is a City and Guilds, Apprenticed Bookbinder, working at The British Museum and Foreign Office binderies and currently working as a Book and Paper Conservator and Gold Leaf Finisher at The British Library with 40 years experience.

Arthur Green - Bookbinding Workshops in Oxfordshire

Autumn 2014 Programme
German Case Binding – Sat/Sun 8th-9th November

Workshops are £70 per day (including tea/coffee, and all materials) and run from 9:30 – 4:30 in the Bartholomew Rooms, Eynsham, just west of Oxford. Each hands-on workshop will provide students with a step-by-step tutorial on traditional bookbinding styles, with a little bit of the history thrown in too. Participants will also learn about the tools, materials and terminology of the craft.

Further information is available from Arthur at:

tel: 07921457174
email: arthurfgreen@yahoo.co.uk

Workshops & Short Courses at the Black Fox Bindery in North London

Nicky Oliver offers a range of courses and workshops at Black Fox Bindery from beginners bookbinding and box-making to advanced book design classes such as leather dyeing techniques and onlay work. Nicky can also tailor classes to your requirements. All materials and equipment are provided.

Please contact her on nicky@blackfoxbindery.com or 07929 549 140 for details and bookings.

North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA - Full-time Bookbinding Program

WorkshopsEstablished in 1986, this popular two-year program attracts students who share a passion for books and materials, problem-solving, the creative process and working with their hands to make, restore and preserve books and other printed cultural treasures. Students learn fundamental bookbinding techniques including tool use and modification, non-adhesive bindings, cloth and paper bindings of various styles, edition binding and an introduction to book repair and conservation. The second year provides a comprehensive examination of leather bindings, decorative tooling and finishing and re-backing and repair of leather bindings. Advanced paper treatments including washing and deacidification and other conservation procedures are covered.

For more information go to: www.nbss.edu

Handmade Art Workshops, London

Handmade Art Workshops design and deliver unique analogue art projects that encourage hands on creativity. We are artists, designers & craftswomen combining our experience and skills to teach drawing, printing and bookbinding to a range of ages and in a variety of community settings.

Get a Sketchbook is suitable for anyone over the age of eleven. It aims to engage its participants with the importance of sketchbooks in the creative process by enabling them to work with two professional artists and a bookbinder to make and use their own personalised hand-made, hardbound sketchbooks. These sessions can be booked individually or as a three session package.

Stages of the Get a Sketchbook workshop:

Workshop 1
Relief printing a cover using an etching press for your own sketchbook with artist Rachel Thomson
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Workshop 2
Making and binding your own sketchbook with professional book binder Nicky Oliver
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Workshop 3
Introduction to use of sketchbooks, speed drawing and information gathering involving use of different media with artist Agnes Mitchell
running time 2 hours
numbers max 20
price £250 includes materials & refreshments

Binding in Powys at The Farthing Press & Bindery with Alan Fitch

There are available a variety of courses, which run throughout the year, offering the opportunity to learn in an idyllic location and relaxed atmosphere. With only a maximum of three people on any one course, tuition is on a very personal level, with each student having their own work station and all tools and materials supplied.

The courses run from Monday - Friday (9 - 5). Over the period of the course you will be guided through all the aspects of bookbinding, relevant to each course. There are at present four courses available:

Basic Course - This course has been designed for the beginner and covers all the basics of binding a book.

Refresher/Repair Course - This course is designed for the student who :
- Has completed the Basic Course but would like to spend more time developing their basic skills before moving on to finer things.
- Has had some experience in the past of binding a case bound, round and backed book but would like to refresh their skills.
- Would like to develop their skills in repairing old cloth cased books.

Full Leather Course - This course is for the person who wants to develop their bookbinding skills and progress to binding in leather.

2 Day Bookmaking Course - This course has been designed to allow you to spend two days making a variety of types and styles of book, none of which require any specialist equipment or tools.

Accommodation is available

For further detail please telephone +44 (0)1938 590733

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, endcaps, 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

The Artworks, Halifax, Yorkshire

Printmaking and Bookbinding

Please visit their web site for a full list of available courses.

"All of our workshops offer the highest quality tuition in a relaxed, welcoming, open and conducive atmosphere. Our workshops are structured, providing you with the necessary skills and techniques to master the craft and are flexible too, allowing you to work on different projects from traditional to contemporary. You can work at your own pace and all materials and tools are provided at the class to get you going."

Further information is available from www.theartworks.org.uk

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

The Association centro del bel libro in Ascona is the parent institution of an internationally known and recognised technical school with the specialised areas of Bookbinding and Design and Book and Paper Conservation. The Association exists for the continued development and ever higher qualification of its instructors in both areas. Competitions and exhibitions help inform the public about their activities and expand public awareness of the book. The Association makes it possible for experts in related fields and for interested laypeople to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to the book through special courses of instruction. The Association is a not for profit organisation. Its departments assure the smooth functioning of the school and an especially well organised office assists course participants with their stay in Ascona. The Directorate, among other duties, is charged with attracting new supporting members for the Association to ensure 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 of 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 schools web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

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