Volume 44 - Autumn 2017


Study Opportunities

DB/SoB Joint Workshop Series

Designer Bookbinders

The DB/SoB Joint Workshop Series is now underway with the first workshop having successfully taken place in September. Places are still available on all the other courses so please have a look at the information about them on the DB website at www.designerbookbinders.org.uk/teaching/jointworkshops/workshops.html

The workshops take place over a weekend usually from 10am to 5pm with suitable breaks. The fee for each workshop is £150 plus a charge for materials provided by the tutor and payable 'on the day'. The 2017/18 programme has been organised by Sarah Burnett-Moore.

Make & Marble a Photograph Album
18th-19th November 2017
Freya Scott

Surface Application Techniques for Fine Binding
3rd-4th February 2018
Hannah Brown

Strapped-on Case in Fabric
24th-25th March 2018
Lori Sauer

Bookbinding According to Diderot
28th-29th April 2018
Abigail Bainbridge

Mastering Miniatures
30th June - 1st July 2018
Nesta Davies

For all enquiries and further information, or to book a place
For further information, please contact Sarah at jointworkshops@gmail.com

The Grange, Grange Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire

The Grange

Traditional Bookbinding - Beginners
22nd-25th March 2018
with Jim MacWilliams
Learning the basics of cased bindings.

Letterpress Printing - Beginners
22nd-25th March 2018
with Ken Burnley and Jon Ward-Allen

Paper Marbling - an Introduction
20th-22nd April 2018
with Jill Sellars

Bookbinding Decorative Techniques
10th-13 May 2018
with Glenn Malkin
An exploration of decorative techniques.

Bookbinding - Half-leather Binding
7th-10th June 2018
with Jim MacWilliams
Traditional half-leather binding with laced-on boards and raised bands.

Letterpress Printing - Booklet Making
7th-10th June 2018
with Ken Burnley and Jon Ward-Allen
Find out how to design, impose, print and finish card-covered letterpress booklets.

Bookbinding - Box & Slip Case Making
5th-8th June 2018
with Glenn Malkin
Learn how to make a slip case with a leather rounded back, a drop-back box lined with felt and a portfolio case for loose documents.

Bookbinding - Exploring the Magic and Functionality of Case Binding
20th-23rd September 2018
with Jim MacWilliams
Techniques for simple cloth binding repairs and alternative styles of case-binding.

Letterpress Printing - Cards & Calendars
20th-23rd September 2018
with Ken Burnley and Jon Ward-Allen

Bookbinding - Off-boards Binding
25th-28th October 2018
with Glenn Malkin

Further details are available from www.thegrange.uk.com

Payhembury Workshops

Perfect Bindings - Bookbinding workshops with Megan Stallworthy at arts centres and book festivals in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset

Perfect for artists, writers, teachers and anyone interested in making books, you will learn core bookbinding skills of folding, cutting, sewing and glueing, and take home your own handmade books along with a set of workshop notes. All the equipment and materials are provided.

Pamphlet Sewn Books and the Single-section Case Binding
Saturday 4th November 2017
Exeter Phoenix

Coptic Binding and Quirky Accordions
Monday 13th November 2017
Taunton Literary Festival

More details of all the workshops can be found at www.perfectbindings.co.uk/workshops.

City Lit Bookbinding, Covent Garden, London

City Lit's Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced 2 & 3 term courses for Sept 2017 are enrolling now. Interviews for Beginners and Advanced courses booking now online at www.citylit.ac.uk Please see website or prospectus for prices as some courses will have offers attached.

Short Courses

Taster Day in Bookbinding
Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
Tutor: Nesta Davies
VD213: 3rd December 2017 - 10.30 - 16.30

Book arts: bindings in acrylic, acetate and plastic - new course!
Try something new. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books. Tutor: Ina Baumeister
VD311 Fri 10.30 - 16.30
10th November - 8th December 2017(5 sessions)

Introduction to gold and foil blocking
Learn how to block simple labels and spines using foil and gold leaf and how to set up and space type correctly. You'll practice blocking on paper, cloth and leather.
Tutor: Peter Spain
VD312 Sat - Sun 10.30 - 16.30
11th - 12th November 2017 (2 sessions)

Working with leather: decorative techniques
Get creative with a variety of leather decorating techniques. Learn how to prepare leather onlays, experiment with back paring, leather dying, cold gilding, collage work and mark making. Some experience preferred.
Tutor: Ina Baumeister
VD251 Thu 10.30 - 16.30
23rd November - 7th December 2017 (3 sessions)


Taster Day in Conservation - new course
Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required.
Tutor: Nesta Davies
VD332 Sun 10.30 - 16.30
19th November 2017

For further information please visit www.citylit.ac.uk

Fall in Teluride - A Inspiring Season of Courses!

Fall is a great time of year in Telluride - the weather is generally exceptionally fine and the scenery is unsurpassed. Our course offerings this fall feature some wonderfully unique opportunities for bookbinders and all artists that also can't be beat! If you've been considering a course this fall, now is the time to jump in.

A Unique Binding Structure Taught By Coleen Curry
Articulated Leather Binding

16th-20th October 2017

This class will introduce one of the techniques for fastening a binding developed by Sün Evrard. Focusing on a multi-section, soft-cover binding in leather, Sün began experimenting with secondary sewing system methods when conserving and rebinding texts. Similar to a case structure, the textblock is prepared separately from the leather cover with primary sewing. The case is prepared with a leather exterior and articulating doublures inside (without boards). The two are joined in an innovative and conservation-friendly secondary sewing, with hand-made fasteners or "staples" crafted of wood or metal. The result is a soft-cover binding that is easily reversible and in no way alters or affects the textblock. The conservation based technique is a fun, contemporary take on a centuries old method of secondary sewing (handmade fasteners instead of thread or leather thongs).

Coleen will emphasize technique in building the structure: elements that reinforce the strength of the binding include the articulating doublure areas, metal rods or wooden dowels creating a "yap" at the foredges, and leather endbands. Basic experience with bookbinding and leather is needed, but more important is attention to detail and curiosity.

For more information about courses, tuition assistance, or the American Academy of Bookbinding,
please visit bookbindingacademy.org.

Workshops and 'Open Studio' sessions with Arthur Green in Oxfordshire

Introduction to bookbinding
28th October 2017
Tutor: Arthur Green
A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You will get to make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.

For further details please visit www.greensbooks.co.uk

School for Formal Bookbinding with Don Rash, Northeast Pennsylvania

Here's the schedule for classes at the School for Formal Bookbinding:

Introduction to Leather Binding
16th-20th October 2017

Full Leather Binding
23rd-7th October 2017

Introduction to Cloth Binding Conservation
6th-10th November 2017

Introduction to Leather Binding Conservation
13th-17th November 2017

As you can see, we're running the six core classes twice. Costs remain the same, and housing is available at the guest house around the corner from the School.

For more details please visit the website www.donrashfinebookbinder.com

Scottish Borders

One-to-one or two-to-one tuition in a private studio located in a beautiful rural setting in the Scottish Borders: close to Berwick on Tweed with easy access by road or rail.

Personal tuition from an award winning craftsman! All tuition tailored to suit the skills level of the individual student. If there is a particular technique or a skill you are looking to develop or improve, or if you are a complete beginner taking your first steps into the art & craft of this ancient discipline, contact Mark Ramsden via bookmanconservation.co.uk, or call 01361 882028 or e-mail me bookman@btinternet.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

The Maureen Duke Educational Award

The Norie Trust is a small charitable trust based in the South West of England. The Trust funds various projects, many of which are associated with literature and the arts. The Trust also assists community-based projects which aim to improve the quality of people's lives.

The Trust has generously offered the Society funds of £2,000 a year for the next 5 years to fund an educational award to assist professionals in the book field. The Trust wishes to recognise Maureen Duke's inspirational teaching and dedication to education and the award will therefore be known as The Maureen Duke Educational Award.

The recipient of the award each year should be a bookbinder, book conservator, book restorer or book artist who has worked professionally in the U.K. for the last two years prior to the award. They should be intending to continue to work professionally, preferably in the UK.

SoB's Education & Training Task Force has been asked by the Trust to administer the award and after discussion it has been agreed that the award panel will consist of the Chair of the Society, Chair of E&T and Maureen herself. The applicant will be required to submit the following:
- Hand written letter of application
- CV
- A brief outline of the nature of study wishing to be undertaken, indicating how this will enhance their work, and their plans for the future
- Full Breakdown of costs - fees, travel and subsistence
- Images of work completed in the 2 years prior to application
- Two references

The recipient will be required to write a report of their study and experience gained for others in the field.

Applications should be sent to: Claire Redfern, 21 Moat Way, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4DR.

An Introduction to Bookbinding with Mark Cockram at Studio 5, London

Case Binding

Rationale - This module develops the students' ability to use basic materials such as cloth and a number of machine made papers. It will allow students the opportunity to explore differing adhesives and covering techniques in the production of case bindings.

- to develop hand skills related to paper and cloth work and hand foil work
- to enhance professional skills, awareness and responsibility
- to stimulate creativity in design
- to develop awareness of choice of suitable styles

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable styles of case binding
- fold sections
- be familiar with various sewing techniques
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a case binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 5 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Bradel Binding

Rationale - This module develops an awareness of strength and structure specific to this type of binding. It will give students the opportunity to work with leather and apply the relevant techniques involved in the production of the disappearing spine Bradel binding.

- to introduce the student to leather binding and manipulation
- to identify the correct materials specific to the binding style
- to understand the need for and limitations of the binding style
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to assess the suitability of the binding style

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable text blocks in need of this structure
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a Bradel binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 1 finished item of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Box and Enclosure Making

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students ability in making 3 styles of boxes for the books made during the 2 previous modules. The student will be able to select and use suitable materials and incorporate style and design ideas.

- to identify the correct materials specific to the box style and use
- to explore design and material manipulation
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to understand internal measuring

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable box styles and construction methods
- apply the techniques for making boxes including a two tray drop back box
- apply techniques suitable for various uses

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 3 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise design, process and protection. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Artist's Book or Complete Book (Option A)

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students' ability to explore print, book manipulation and creative journeys with the book.

- to identify differing print techniques
- to explore the book as a means of artistic and social expression
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable print techniques and mixed media
- forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
- to understand the relationship of the artist and the book

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 6 days with some materials included. Fee £700

Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding (Option B)

Rationale - The Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding gives students the opportunity to make a Design Binding using contemporary and traditional techniques and materials.

- to expand existing skills and techniques whilst learning relevant traditional skills
- to explore Design Binding with contemporary arts practices
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable construction methods - forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required - to boldly go where no one has been before

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 14 days with basic materials included. Fee £1,400

The STUDIO 5 BEGINNERS COURSE is delivered in 3 modules of six days each. Upon successful completion the student will be issued with a Studio 5 Certificate. The fee is £2,100.00 per person. The fee covers all tuition, hand tool use, workshop equipment as required and materials as outlined in the module information. A 50% non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking, full payment being made no less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. The modules can be delivered in a block or days to suit the individual student. Two further modules, options A and B are individually priced.

To book a place or for more information please contact us at:
Mark Cockram
Studio Five
First Floor The Mews
46-52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW13 0DQ
Tel: 0208 563 2158 e-mail: studio5bookarts@aol.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
plus Workshops and Short Courses

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. In addition to the full-time program, the school offers one-week and longer short courses in bookbinding, calligraphy, paper marbling and more.

For more information go to: www.nbss.edu

Alan Fitch - A Binder of Books and A Teacher of Bookbinding, in Powys, Wales

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, email abinderofbooks@gmail.com
or view the web site at www.abinderofbooks.co.uk

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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