Bookbinding: Case Binding with Rounded Spine
Jul
25
to Jul 29

Bookbinding: Case Binding with Rounded Spine

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Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $45
Class limit: 6

In this class you’ll learn how to make a traditional case binding from start to finish (although without cutting all the corners that modern machine binding does!). This is the style of your average hardcover book, with cloth covering and a rounded spine. You’ll learn the basics of paper selection, sewing, rounding & backing, edge trimming, and casing-in. Those who are a little faster will have time to learn more advanced techniques—such as hand-sewing endbands—or start a second book and really consolidate their skills. Use your book for a sketchbook or journal or just to learn the process so you can go home and make them on your own. We’ll talk about ways to get around any lack of equipment. Those enrolled in the letterpress class from the week before have the opportunity to incorporate their printing in these books.

Register now on the Women's Studio website; a deposit will save your place.

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Letterpress Intensive
Jul
18
to Jul 22

Letterpress Intensive

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Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $25
Class limit: 6

There’s nothing, for a writer or designer, like the feeling you get when you realize letters can be tangible things; that you can hold your words in your hands; that even the space between words is a physical object. Spend a week with WSW’s collection of lead and wood type and learn traditional hand typesetting and letterpress printing. Bring your words or someone else’s plus a dose of curiosity and discover the magic of letterpress! We’ll start with a communal broadsheet just to learn the process, then students will make their own broadsheets or simple pamphlet bindings. Those also enrolled in the following week’s workshop—Bookbinding: Case Binding with Rounded Spine—can use their letterpress work for the bindings in that class and continue to use the letterpress studio. No prior experience in printing is expected.

Register now on the Women's Studio website; a deposit saves your place.

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Bookbinding According to Diderot
Jul
15
to Jul 16

Bookbinding According to Diderot

Mid- to late-18th century France is marked by the appearance of descriptions of the art of bookbinding, giving for the first-time a thorough (if not always specific or accurate) description of the previously guarded trade secret. The style of the time was so prescriptive that the average binding is recognizable immediately: full brown calf, often sprinkled or with tree marbling, raised bands, panels tooled in gilt with centerpieces, corners, and stars, solid red or perhaps marbled blue edges, single core front bead endbands, French curl endpapers. Features less visible are the particular lacing patterns, parchment spine linings, and edges cut in boards. In this busy two day workshop we will bind a text of a manual describing this 18th century style using the techniques set forth, thus replicating this distinguished style. Participants will get an in depth look at the contemporary sources and the bindings themselves, and come away with a thorough understanding of this notable binding style in the context of its time.

Cost: Members: $225, Non-members $275. Click here to book (NB class is now full, but there is a waiting list)

 

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Boxmaking at LCBA
Jun
19
11:00am11:00am

Boxmaking at LCBA

Learn to make by hand a box with a hinged lid perfect for storing, archiving and presenting books, prints and anything that needs safe-keeping.

Originally invented for use at the British Museum to catalogue their natural history collection, the Solander (or "clamshell") box or case has become a popular box construction with a wide array of uses.

Suitable for all abilities, including beginners, with all materials and tools provided. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will leave with their own hand-made Solander box and the skills to make more independently.

£85 (10% discount for Friends of LCBA & current students. There will be an option to become a Friend of LCBA at checkout)

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Workshop on the use of synthetic resins in the conservation of furniture and objects
Sep
19
9:30am 9:30am

Workshop on the use of synthetic resins in the conservation of furniture and objects

This one day workshop will focus on the use of synthetic resins as coatings for use in the conservation of furniture and other related objects. Participants will learn how to mix and apply a range of coatings and will work on preparing their own sample boards for future reference.  

Places are limited to 15, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Cost:    

Icon member: £115
Student members: £105
Non members: £135

All materials are provided, and cost includes tea and coffee. Lunch not included.

Location:
Buckinghamshire New University
High Wycombe Campus
Queen Alexandra Road
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2JZ

To book, please visit the website

Instructor:

Tristram Bainbridge is a furniture conservator & lecturer working at the Victoria & Albert Museum and in private practice. He is Associate Tutor in furniture conservation at West Dean College.

Areas covered:

  • The use of synthetic resins as varnishes including Paraloid B-72, Regalrez 1126 and Laropal A81. Discussion of criteria for selecting appropriate resins.
  • Practical methods of application: choosing appropriate solvents, additives and stabilisers to create different varnish properties. Participants will make sample boards using the materials discussed.

There will be a presentation of case studies, historical use, comparison with shellac and other natural resins. Participants will also experiment with Gamblin Conservation Colours and receive a small sample set. 

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