Take your bookbinding a step further and learn to do a full leather binding. You can make your own book block in advance or work with one of our pre-made blocks. We will pare the leather and complete the case binding in the day to include simple cover decoration or titling. Max 4 participants.
This three-day workshop, booking through Eventbrite, is hosted by artist and printmaker, Sue Jones, at her lovely new studio just outside Saffron Walden.
This 5-structure series, completed over 3 days, is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to the basic skills of bookbinding. We make four different bindings - case bound, quarter bound, concertina and stab stitch - as well as a lined slipcase in which to store your 'prototype' collection. The styles are carefully chosen so that they each represent a finished project or can be ‘mixed and matched’ to provide a myriad of creative results ensuring you are never again short of a notebook or gift!You finish with your own beautiful collection to use or to refer to as you practice your new skills.All equipment and materials will be provided along with step-by-step demonstration and practice. As far as possible, we use easily available tools and materials so that you can put your learning to immediate use but pre-prepared kits will be available should you wish to avail of them.
Whilst we have not finalised the finer details yet, Kate and I thought you might like to know that we have got a date for the long-promised one-day marbling and book making event. We will be at Stapleford Granary where we find they have a room just perfect for us - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. More details will appear here shortly but booking is now open!
The Sewn Boards Binding, brought to prominence by American binder Gary Frost, is the subject of many conversations and variations and with good reason. As well as being an adaptation of ancient Ethiopian binding techniques it also looks 'bang up-to-date' with its crisp edges and streamlined opening ability. It is a great extension to existing binding skills and is also a very helpful starting point for new binders as it does not require the traditional casing-in process!
This adhesive binding is a perfect structure for printmakers, photographers, calligraphers or anyone who wishes to present visual narratives with no sewing thread to interrupt the flow of imagery. Because a drum leaf book is not laid out in signatures but made of single-sided folios, the complexities of text layout are avoided.
I'm delighted to introduce this class which will be run by Doug Mitchell, recently of The British Library and one of my early teachers. Doug will cover
Making Cores, flat and round
Sewing a Primary Headband
Secondary Headband sewing with colours
Western style two colour primary headband with back and front beads
Islamic headband (primary and secondary sewing)
Shortly after registration you will receive an email with further information on the preparation required for the class.
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