Bookbinding Workshop: Intermediate @ RHACC
Sep
12
to Feb 13

Bookbinding Workshop: Intermediate @ RHACC

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This course explores book binding techniques, structures and projects of intermediate complexity. Projects establish progressive skills upon which you can build and reliably adapt.

Intermediate binding techniques, book structures, pattern making and prototyping, tools and materials will be covered as well as adapting materials, Artist Editions and exhibitions.

Develop your own personal project with tutored guidance. Projects draw upon western and eastern historical bindings as well as intermediate book concepts such as text and image, layering, fold-outs, non-adhesive bindings and the book as sculptural object.

Demonstrations and projects teach safe, reliable and adaptable techniques to produce beautiful, hand-bound books of sound construction and lasting beauty.

19 weeks: 12 September to 13 February (Wednesdays), 10am–1pm.
£409 See the RHACC website for more details and to book.

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Introduction to Bookbinding & Conservation @ RHACC
Sep
19
to Dec 12

Introduction to Bookbinding & Conservation @ RHACC

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This class teaches traditional bookbinding techniques, understanding of materials, and how to use equipment safely in order to produce long-lasting professional books. You will learn how to make single and multi-section bindings and how to modify & adapt them to different purposes. We will look at historic and modern binding examples for context.

This course will set up the beginner to experiment in bookbinding, take further bookbinding or book conservation classes, and is the prerequisite for Intermediate Bookbinding.

You will begin with single-section and two-section pamphlet bindings and progress to a multi-section case binding with rounded and backed spine and a cloth cover, and half- or quarter-leather bindings on raised cords. While styles and aesthetics have changed, many of the techniques and equipment we will use have remained the same for centuries.

You will learn how to choose appropriate paper, adhesive, and covering materials, as well as how the different factors like thread, paper, and board thickness affect each other. Emphasis will be placed on understanding of the book structure and precision required to produce well-made, sturdy bindings. Opportunities will be given for experimentation & personally directed work.

Practical work will be led by demonstration of each process, then time to carry out the work with supervision & assistance as needed. Notes will be provided & digital/print resources recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to attend each session as work one week will be the basis for the next week’s work. We will look at old books in person and on Powerpoint.

While there is no formal assessment, for anyone who wants to pursue a degree in book conservation, a letter of recommendation can be provided upon successfully completing the course.

12 weeks: 19 September to 12 December (Wednesdays): 1:30–4:30 pm
£262 To book and for more information, go to the RHACC website

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Edge Decoration @ LCBA
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Edge Decoration @ LCBA

In this workshop participants will learn how to prepare text block edges and carry out two edge-colouring techniques, sprinkling and solid colours, using acrylic, watercolour, and (the traditional) wheat starch paste with dry powdered pigment, as well as optional burnishing at the end for a shiny finish.

We will discuss the historic purpose of edge decoration, what can go wrong, and how it can be adapted to individual projects. We will provide dummy text blocks but participants are welcome to bring along books that they would like to experiment with.

Please note that the workshop will be a mix of demonstrations and hands-on experiments, and for some techniques, time-consuming sanding is required, so individuals may not finish a whole project during the class time.

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Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC

Gold tooling, with individual handle tools, is the centuries-old way of titling & decorating a book. Each tool is like a brass stamp in a wooden handle, which is heated up on a stove and impressed in leather or cloth, then either left blind or filled with gold leaf or coloured foils. We will work with a variety of tools including handle letters, hand tools with floral & geometric designs, pallets (straight lines), gouges (curved lines), fillets (lines on a wheel), & decorative rolls (wheels with floral & geometric designs). Good results can be tricky to achieve but it’s magical when it works out well.

Students will be given leather & cloth sample panels to work on. We will look at how to lay out the designs, treatments to the leather to accept the adhesive and gold, and methods of correcting mistakes. Images of example bindings will be shown for ideas and historical reference. You can apply the techniques to any flat leather, faux leather, paper, and cloth, such as books, portfolios, folders, wallets, bags, leather phone cases, etc.—feel free to bring any of these items you might want to experiment on! We will divide the day into several parts, each focusing on gold leaf, gold foil, and blind tooling, and for each component you will learn the principles through demonstration then have time to explore the possibilities for yourself.

£51 - see RHACC website to book

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Introduction to Boxmaking: Solander Box @ LCBA
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Boxmaking: Solander Box @ 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.

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Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box

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Learn to make sturdy boxes for the protection of books or other items: drop spine boxes (also called Solander or clamshell boxes) are constructed of binder’s board and book cloth to fit the object inside. They can be modified, once you understand the technique, to fit a variety of objects, including multiple objects with shelves and pull-away compartments. You will learn to measure the object and how to work with board, cloth, glue, and the board chopper to construct an archival box.

Students can either bring their own book for which to make a box, or use the dimensions of a book provided. Examples will be shown of both the simple box we will construct and more complicated options, then students will see through demonstrations how to carry out each stage of the process with time to work themselves with assistance as necessary.

The box is built in three stages: first an inner tray is built based on the book’s measurements, then the outer tray is built based on the inner tray, and finally a case, as for a hard-back book, based on the outer tray, connects the two trays. We will also discuss how to make inset labels with the option for those who work more quickly to do so. A small booklet with notes and diagrams will be provided for reference.

Two days (different times each day):
Saturday 8 December, 1:30–4:30pm
Sunday 9 December, 11am–3pm

£77 - See RHACC website to book.

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Introduction to Bookbinding & Conservation @ RHACC
Jan
16
to Apr 3

Introduction to Bookbinding & Conservation @ RHACC

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This class teaches traditional bookbinding techniques, understanding of materials, and how to use equipment safely in order to produce long-lasting professional books. You will learn how to make single and multi-section bindings and how to modify & adapt them to different purposes. We will look at historic and modern binding examples for context.

This course will set up the beginner to experiment in bookbinding, take further bookbinding or book conservation classes, and is the prerequisite for Intermediate Bookbinding.

You will begin with single-section and two-section pamphlet bindings and progress to a multi-section case binding with rounded and backed spine and a cloth cover, and half- or quarter-leather bindings on raised cords. While styles and aesthetics have changed, many of the techniques and equipment we will use have remained the same for centuries.

You will learn how to choose appropriate paper, adhesive, and covering materials, as well as how the different factors like thread, paper, and board thickness affect each other. Emphasis will be placed on understanding of the book structure and precision required to produce well-made, sturdy bindings. Opportunities will be given for experimentation & personally directed work.

Practical work will be led by demonstration of each process, then time to carry out the work with supervision & assistance as needed. Notes will be provided & digital/print resources recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to attend each session as work one week will be the basis for the next week’s work. We will look at old books in person and on Powerpoint.

While there is no formal assessment, for anyone who wants to pursue a degree in book conservation, a letter of recommendation can be provided upon successfully completing the course.

11 weeks: 16 January–3 April (Wednesdays): 1:30–4:30 pm
£241 To book and for more information, go to the RHACC website

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Bookbinding Workshop: Intermediate @ RHACC
Feb
27
to Jul 10

Bookbinding Workshop: Intermediate @ RHACC

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This course explores book binding techniques, structures and projects of intermediate complexity. Projects establish progressive skills upon which you can build and reliably adapt.

Intermediate binding techniques, book structures, pattern making and prototyping, tools and materials will be covered as well as adapting materials, Artist Editions and exhibitions.

Develop your own personal project with tutored guidance. Projects draw upon western and eastern historical bindings as well as intermediate book concepts such as text and image, layering, fold-outs, non-adhesive bindings and the book as sculptural object.

Demonstrations and projects teach safe, reliable and adaptable techniques to produce beautiful, hand-bound books of sound construction and lasting beauty.

17 weeks: 27 February to 10 July (Wednesdays), 10am–1pm.
£367 See the RHACC website for more details and to book.

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Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC

Gold tooling, with individual handle tools, is the centuries-old way of titling & decorating a book. Each tool is like a brass stamp in a wooden handle, which is heated up on a stove and impressed in leather or cloth, then either left blind or filled with gold leaf or coloured foils. We will work with a variety of tools including handle letters, hand tools with floral & geometric designs, pallets (straight lines), gouges (curved lines), fillets (lines on a wheel), & decorative rolls (wheels with floral & geometric designs). Good results can be tricky to achieve but it’s magical when it works out well.

Students will be given leather & cloth sample panels to work on. We will look at how to lay out the designs, treatments to the leather to accept the adhesive and gold, and methods of correcting mistakes. Images of example bindings will be shown for ideas and historical reference. You can apply the techniques to any flat leather, faux leather, paper, and cloth, such as books, portfolios, folders, wallets, bags, leather phone cases, etc.—feel free to bring any of these items you might want to experiment on! We will divide the day into several parts, each focusing on gold leaf, gold foil, and blind tooling, and for each component you will learn the principles through demonstration then have time to explore the possibilities for yourself.

£51 - see RHACC website to book

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Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box
Mar
30
to Mar 31

Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box

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Learn to make sturdy boxes for the protection of books or other items: drop spine boxes (also called Solander or clamshell boxes) are constructed of binder’s board and book cloth to fit the object inside. They can be modified, once you understand the technique, to fit a variety of objects, including multiple objects with shelves and pull-away compartments. You will learn to measure the object and how to work with board, cloth, glue, and the board chopper to construct an archival box.

Students can either bring their own book for which to make a box, or use the dimensions of a book provided. Examples will be shown of both the simple box we will construct and more complicated options, then students will see through demonstrations how to carry out each stage of the process with time to work themselves with assistance as necessary.

The box is built in three stages: first an inner tray is built based on the book’s measurements, then the outer tray is built based on the inner tray, and finally a case, as for a hard-back book, based on the outer tray, connects the two trays. We will also discuss how to make inset labels with the option for those who work more quickly to do so. A small booklet with notes and diagrams will be provided for reference.

Two days (different times each day):
Saturday 30 March, 1:30–4:30pm
Sunday 31 March, 11am–3pm

£77 - See RHACC website to book.

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Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Book Decoration: Gold & Blind Tooling @ RHACC

Gold tooling, with individual handle tools, is the centuries-old way of titling & decorating a book. Each tool is like a brass stamp in a wooden handle, which is heated up on a stove and impressed in leather or cloth, then either left blind or filled with gold leaf or coloured foils. We will work with a variety of tools including handle letters, hand tools with floral & geometric designs, pallets (straight lines), gouges (curved lines), fillets (lines on a wheel), & decorative rolls (wheels with floral & geometric designs). Good results can be tricky to achieve but it’s magical when it works out well.

Students will be given leather & cloth sample panels to work on. We will look at how to lay out the designs, treatments to the leather to accept the adhesive and gold, and methods of correcting mistakes. Images of example bindings will be shown for ideas and historical reference. You can apply the techniques to any flat leather, faux leather, paper, and cloth, such as books, portfolios, folders, wallets, bags, leather phone cases, etc.—feel free to bring any of these items you might want to experiment on! We will divide the day into several parts, each focusing on gold leaf, gold foil, and blind tooling, and for each component you will learn the principles through demonstration then have time to explore the possibilities for yourself.

£51 - see RHACC website to book

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Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box

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Learn to make sturdy boxes for the protection of books or other items: drop spine boxes (also called Solander or clamshell boxes) are constructed of binder’s board and book cloth to fit the object inside. They can be modified, once you understand the technique, to fit a variety of objects, including multiple objects with shelves and pull-away compartments. You will learn to measure the object and how to work with board, cloth, glue, and the board chopper to construct an archival box.

Students can either bring their own book for which to make a box, or use the dimensions of a book provided. Examples will be shown of both the simple box we will construct and more complicated options, then students will see through demonstrations how to carry out each stage of the process with time to work themselves with assistance as necessary.

The box is built in three stages: first an inner tray is built based on the book’s measurements, then the outer tray is built based on the inner tray, and finally a case, as for a hard-back book, based on the outer tray, connects the two trays. We will also discuss how to make inset labels with the option for those who work more quickly to do so. A small booklet with notes and diagrams will be provided for reference.

Two days (different times each day):
Saturday 29 June, 1:30–4:30pm
Sunday 30 June, 11am–3pm

£77 - See RHACC website to book.

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Introduction to Boxmaking: Solander Box @ LCBA
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Boxmaking: Solander Box @ 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.

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Book Arts Summer School @ RHACC
Jul
18
to Jul 20

Book Arts Summer School @ RHACC

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Develop creative content while exploring increasingly inventive and imaginative book structures. Explore ways of creating books which combine traditional and contemporary book binding methods and techniques from different cultures throughout time. Learn western and eastern binding methods and ideas, techniques and materials to create original artworks in book form. This course teaches safe, reliable and adaptable methods of measuring, cutting, aligning, folding, gluing and pressing in order to produce original hand-bound books of sound construction and lasting beauty.

To enrol, visit the RHACC webpage

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Bookbinding According to Diderot
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Bookbinding According to Diderot

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We're happy to be giving one of the 2018 joint Society of Bookbinders/Designer Bookbinders workshops:

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 centrepieces, 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.
 

Tutor: Abigail Bainbridge
Dates: 28-29 April 2018
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: London Centre for Book Arts, E3
Fee: GBP150.00 (plus GBP25.00 materials payable on the day)

Register here through SOB

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Sep
11
10:00 AM10:00

Historic document analysis using p-XRF: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Portable X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (pXRF) has become a widely used analytical tool in Heritage Science and Conservation but the particular challenges and advantages of the technique for analysis of documents and archival collections are not often highlighted. Portable XRF instruments are increasingly available at many libraries, archives, universities and other institutions and conservators or heritage scientists are often asked to employ the technique to answer specific questions. The wide variety of pXRF equipment and software available, together with the complexities of interpreting data from analysis of documents can be challenging to navigate.

This workshop, held in cooperation with the Icon Book and Paper Group and hosted by The National Archives, Kew will offer presentations by four guest speakers with experience in pXRF analysis and its application to documents, opportunities for group discussions among participants, and hands on demonstrations of pXRF analysis.

Speakers will include:

Paul Garside, The British Library, ICON Book and Paper Group
Chris Wilkins, Cardiff University (PhD researcher)
Helen Wilson, The National Archives
Abigail Bainbridge, West Dean College

Fees: £50 (full Icon member) / £60 (non-Icon member)
£30 (student Icon member) / £40 student, non-Icon member)

Booking: Please visit Eventbrite.
Closing date for bookings: Monday 4 September 2017

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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
11:00 AM11:00

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
9:30 AM09:30

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

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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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