Volume 49 - Spring 2020


Study Opportunities


In light of the current situation with the Corona virus and Covid-19, we would recommend that you contact the class and course organisers with regards to the status of any of the listings below.

Dragon Press Bindery, Highworth, Wiltshire


6th-13th June 2020
Book Camp summer intensive offers four two-day classes across the event and is for anyone working in the various fields of book arts and conservation who is keen to learn more about bookbinding and related skills.

Tuition is by the founders of Book Camp at this purpose-built bindery set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. You are welcome to camp in the spacious grounds or stay in local B&B accommodation.

The programme
Roman Wax Tablet - Michael Burke
Full Leather Binding - Dieter Räder
Introduction to Letterpress Printing on a Vandercook Press - Philippa Räder
All-in-One Clamshell Box - Dominic Riley

Enrolment is fully flexible: join one or two classes, return for another or, better still, stay for the whole programme.

We will share meals and enjoy informal presentations and discussions in the evenings, followed by time around the camp fire.

Fees are £250 per class and include all tuition, materials, hand-outs and meals. Pitching your tent is free of charge.

For further information and booking, please visit www.bookcamp.org.uk

The American Academy of Bookbinding, Telluride, CO


Fundamentals / Intermediate Fine Leather Binding
4th-15th May 2020

with Don Glaister

This is an entry-level fine leather binding class, required for both the Fine Binding and the Integrated Studies Diploma Programs, as well as an intermediate class for continuing Fine Binding students. Over the course of two weeks, students will learn and develop an understanding of traditional bookbinding techniques, interpreted for the twenty-first century.

The focus of the class will be on learning and reinforcing sound leather bookbinding techniques with special emphasis on aesthetic choices available to the modern binder.

All students will complete at least one full leather book in the course. At all stages of the class, students will be exposed to design options (some minor, some major) that directly inform the look and feel of the finished binding. They may also be introduced to simple decorative techniques such as embossing and other surface treatments, as time allows.

Students will learn binding techniques necessary in the making of a laced-on, leather covered board structure. They will also be acquainted with techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, and weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying leather to their books.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding I-II, or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated as needed or desired.

Box Making For Fine Binders
18th-22nd May 2020

with Don Glaister

As makers of fine bindings, we spend weeks, months and sometimes even years working on a special (to someone) binding. After the leather is polished, the gold is burnished and the last details have been taken care of, then what? The binding needs a special, friendly, safe place to spend the next few hundred years. That's where a protective box comes in.

In this class, students will learn to make simple, and not so simple cloth covered clamshell boxes for books or other similarly sized objects. While most books are square or rectangular, some are irregular in shape and require custom fitted enclosures. Such projects will also be addressed in this class. Students will be instructed to build neat, well fitting and durable boxes for their unique books. They will be taught to measure accurately, cut with precision and think creatively about their projects, hence finishing in fine style the binding projects that have consumed so much of their time and energy.

Further information is available from the schools web site at www.bookbindingacademy.org

Bookbinding in Cheshire 2020


Weekend workshops with Michael Burke & Dominic Riley. All workshops cost £150, plus materials, and run from 09.30-17.30

Millimetre Binding with Dominic Riley
23rd-24th May 2020

A good structure for slim volumes, the Millimetre Binding derives its name from the 1mm of leather showing on the boards and corners. It is sewn on frayed-out cords with a rounded spine, a small, sharp joint, a graphite edge, and a simple hollow. Thinly-pared goatskin is applied at the spine and corners, and decorative pastepaper sides added.

For further information, please contact dominicbookbinder@gmail.com

Book Conservation Services, Adelaide, Australia

Each year at The Bindery in Adelaide we offer workshops, intensive training and individual tuition. The teaching is suitable for beginners or the more experienced bookbinder, restorer or conservator of books. Spaces are limited to 4 participants to ensure individual attention is available from the Tutor. Both Tutors are experts in their specialist fields of the book. Nicky Oliver is a London-based bookbinder, and design binder at Black Fox Bindery and Karen Vidler is an Adelaide-based bookbinder and book conservator at BCS.

Book and Paper Conservation with Karen Vidler

Board Reattachment Techniques
2nd May, 2020
Fee: $120

Cloth-case Binding Repairs
16th & 17th May, 2020
Fee: $240

Conservation of Leather Bindings
26th-29th May, 2020 (intensive)
Fee: $520 (material levy applies)

Individual Tuition
Various topics in bookbinding, book repair and conservation practices.
Fee: $150 per day

Bookbinding and Design Binding with Nicky Oliver

Leather Dyeing Techniques
25th & 26th July, 2020
Fee: $240

Sewing Styles for Books
1st August, 2020
Fee: $120

Headbanding Techniques
2nd August, 2020
Fee: $120

Slipcases for Books
8th August, 2020
Fee: $150

Workshop fee includes materials, handouts and lunch.

Email Lynne with enquiries or to register - bcsbindery@gmail.com. We hope you will join us.

Images from previous workshops can be found - www.facebook.com/bcsbindery

Karen Hanmer Workshops, CA, IL, NY and UT, USA

Karen Hanmer Book Arts offers workshops and private instruction to working practitioners and dedicated hobbyists, focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills. Private instruction or special workshops on topics of mutual interest are also available and Karen also provides onsite training.

2019-20 Workshop Schedule

Workshops at Karen Hanmer Book Arts, Glenview, IL
3rd-5th August 2020 - Paper Bindings
6th-7th August 2020 - Endbands
10-14th August 2020 - Biblio Tech
17th-21st August 2020 - Leather Binding II
15th-18th September 2020 - Medieval Binding
22nd-25h September 2020 - Eighteenth Century Trade Binding
29th-30th September 2020 - Basic Leather Working for Bookbinding
1st-2nd October 2020 - Split Board Binding

Workshops held offsite
June 2020 - The Springback Binding - Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
June 2020 - Fast Forward: Bookbinding Basics - Book Arts Studio, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
19th-25th July 2020 - Leather Binding Fundamentals - Wells College Summer Institute, Aurora, NY
November 2020 - More Sewn Boards Bindings - BookArtsLA
November 2020 - Two Paper Bindings with Exposed Sewing - BookArtsLA
November 2020 - Medieval Slinky - BookArtsLA

Further information is available from www.karenhanmer.com

Hand Bookbinding Workshop, Jefferson, Maine

Hand Bookbinding Workshop with Juliayn Coleman at Sunset Lodge on Lake Damariscotta
6 nights, 30th August - 5th September 2020

In this hands-on workshop, we will create three non-adhesive books. The structures will range from the earliest binding styles to contemporary, and they are geared towards beginner through intermediate skill levels.Limited to 10 students.

- Create a harmonious set of three beautiful books
- Learn non-adhesive structures from the earliest binding styles to contemporary
- Explore three different ways to decorate paper for the covers of our books: paste paper, suminagashi, and plant printing

$1700. for each student + $100. materials fee

For beginning and intermediate binders. Limited to 10 students. Includes private room, home-cooked meals, instruction, and the use of canoes, kayaks, and sailboat. $1000 for each nonparticipating partner. Includes shared private room with bookbinding partner, homecooked meals, and the use of canoes, kayaks, and sailboat.

For further information and to register, please contact

Southern Bookcrafts Club


An introduction to working with leather considering materials and techniques
with Nigel Pressnell

Saturday 2nd May 2020
This one-day course will cover the basics of selecting, cutting and paring leather, and its joining and fixing to boards to make decorative covers. Through demonstrations and practical tasks, participants will learn how to work with inlay and onlay to achieve simple embellishment.

Making Phase boxes
with David Nye

Saturday 20th June 2020
Phase boxes protect and/or arrest deterioration of books in need of professional repair and cleaning, and indicate to users that care is needed when handling the book. You will learn how to create the simple but effective box structure and be shown how it can be used to develop other forms which can be used to hold small books in cradles, very thin books or multiple pamphlets on platforms, and books of different sizes within one box. The essential skills are measuring and cutting. On the day you will make one basic phase box and another with a cradle and platform to hold and protect smaller books or one to suit your own book.

The cost of training days is £35 a day for members and £45 for non club members. There may be a small additional charge on the day for materials payable directly to the tutor. Booking is only available online scanning the qr code or using this link, which is also available on our website at www.sbookc.org.uk, where you can find more information regarding what to bring etc.

If you have any questions email the training day organiser on sbctrainingdays@gmail.com

Bookbinding and conservation workshops at Green's Books in Worcestershire


Workshops are in small groups of around four people; they are held at the well-equipped studio in Worcestershire, and offer step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Tea/coffee, handouts and materials are included (unless otherwise stated).

Hereford Romanesque binding - including tour of Hereford Cathedral Library
17th - 21st August 2020, (five-day course)
£550 (includes materials & Library tour)

A Modified spokeshave for paring leather
5th September 2020
£200 (all materials including a new spokeshave & A2 blade)

Leather paring without the blood, sweat and tears
19th September 2020

Tight-back, quarter leather binding
10th - 11th October 2020 (two-day workshop)

A hybrid drop-back box
7th November 2020. (Hosted by the North wales & North West region of the SoB)

Introduction to bookbinding
14th November 2020 £100

For further details, please contact Arthur:

Green's Books Ltd.
Unit 6, Cygnet business Centre,
Worcester Road, Hanley Swan
Worcestershire, WR8 0EA

Tel: 07921457174

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Virginia, USA

Bookbinding School

The School For Bookbinding Arts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding. Our goal is simple: to make the study of bookbinding and related crafts enjoyable yet substantive. Each workshop features demonstrations of the techniques being taught coupled with supervised practice time for the student.

We believe our classes have something for everyone. If you are interested in the repair of books, our Introduction to Book Restoration is a great place to start and prepares you for both the Advanced Cloth Restoration and Advanced Leather Restoration courses. Our classes in New Cloth Bindings and Clamshell Box Making are perfect for those seeking the satisfaction of making something fabulous from scratch. If you particularly enjoy working with decorative paper, then all the classes offered during Marbling Fortnight are for you. Also, be sure to check out our workshops in Letterpress Printing, Calligraphy, and Pop-up Structures, all of which will deepen your experience of creative book craft and your appreciation for all that the human hand can bring forth.

For further information and booking, please visit schoolforbookbindingarts.com

Black Fox Bindery Workshops, London


One of the reasons why I fell in love with the craft of bookbinding is because you never stop learning. From Book & Paper Conservation to Book Arts is a huge arc under which lies a multitude of subjects, techniques and skills. Black Fox Bindery offers a variety of teaching resources from taster courses to intensive, from one day to long-term.

The bindery is fully equipped with presses, hot foil blocking machines, paring machines, tools and materials. There is enough space to accommodate 5 students comfortably at any one time and is fully insured.

Workshops and Courses
Over the previous years Black Fox has hosted a selection of successful workshops, covering a variety of subjects and techniques. Although these haven't followed an annual schedule I am more than happy to organise different courses throughout the year when time allows and I am very happy to take requests.

Black Fox Bindery also plays host to guest binders or makers who may not have space of their own to teach. This is a great opportunity for all involved; I get to see a new teaching approach, my students have access to different techniques and the guest gets paid to pass on their skills.

One to One Tuition
One to one tuition has been invaluable to my personal progress in bookbinding and I emphasise the importance of it for focussed skill and technique development. You may have a certain amount of bookbinding experience but may feel that there is room for improvement or you could be a total beginner wishing for concentrated time within a bindery. I can offer one to one tuition tailored to your needs.

I can provide tuition on a daily basis or as part of a structured longer term course. Costs are £150 a day, with working hours usually from 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch. For further information regarding one to one tuition please contact me (Nicky Oliver) at: nicky@blackfoxbindery.com

Bench Rental
The Black Fox Bench Rental service is provided for those who are fed up of practising bookbinding on their kitchen worktops and lacking the equipment that they need. It is an opportunity to come into a fully equipped bindery to work on personal projects whether it be a job, competition piece or a gift for example. The cost of this service is £55 a day which includes access to the equipment, presses, tools and a little guidance from me if needed.

Workshops & Courses in 2020

Saturday 2nd May 2020
Gift Boxes

In this one day workshop you can learn how to make one of two designs. Both of which are incredibly robust structures. These can be used as luxury presentation gift boxes or little storage boxes for treasures. You will be able to choose your own covering materials - whether they be book cloth, decorative papers or a combination of the two. This workshop is aimed at the beginner and the structure and covering process used will be a great foundation for other box designs.
Tools and materials will be provided but if you wish to bring your own - please feel free!
Workshop fee: £75 - payment in advance to secure your place is required.

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May 2020
Mini Drawers

I have a thing about boxes and mini chests of drawers; I have done since I was a child. They are like little hidey-holes to keep precious belongings. I just find them delightful so I have created this two-day workshop for you to be able to make your own. This is an intensive workshop rated Intermediate Level. The elements of the mini drawers and the little cabinet will be cut in advance but the measuring process will be explained and demonstrated in detail - this is to save time over the two-days.
Tools and materials will be provided but if you wish to bring your own - please feel free!
Workshop fee: £170 - payment in advance to secure your place is required.

Further information and booking is available from

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.

Otter Education - Classes in Winchester and Midhurst, UK

Otter Education

Whether you're looking for a serious commitment or simply want to learn something new and have fun while doing it, there's nothing more important than being taught by an experienced Arts & Crafts Instructor. Marysa de Veer has been offering her services to people of all ages since 1993, and is here to give you the personalised attention you deserve so that you can reach your full potential.

Please visit her web site to view the full range of tuition options available.

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 and the Chair of E&T. 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

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 for Bookbinding Arts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding (est. 1991) and offers numerous courses in bookbinding and allied subjects taught by the bookbinders of Cat Tail Run along with a team of talented guest instructors.

Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding provides bookbinding, restoration, and conservation services to individuals and institutions. The bookbinders of Cat Tail Run include Susan McCabe, Anna Barnes, Reilly Cundiff, Rowland Kirks, and Jill Deiss. Susan McCabe's expertise includes the sewing of texts and creating custom-crafted endbanding. Anna Barnes restores the covers of leather- and cloth-bound books. Reilly Cundiff specializes in crafting new bindings, restoring cloth binding, and making clamshell boxes. Jill Deiss serves as the senior binder, and Rowland Kirks is chief of operations for the bindery and the bookbinding school.

Further information from:
+1 540 662 2683
email: workshops@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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