Learn the basics of repairs to a cloth bound book where the end and title pages may be damaged along with the spine and board corners. We use a variety of cloth, papers and tissues as appropriate for the book to strengthen and reback the spine. If necessary, some page/paper repair will be done in situ or demonstrated. Where possible we will also touch up or replace lettering.
Designed for beginners.
If you’ve ever been curious about how books are made and wanted to immerse yourself in a piece of local history, this is the event for you.
This book structure combines modern and ancient binding techniques giving an opportunity to explore elements of both. When finished, the structure lies completely flat and also folds back on itself making it useful both as a journal or album as well as an on-the-go sketchbook.
This class will take place in a very special setting: All Saints’ Church, Cambridge. All Saints’ was built in the 1860s to the plans of the famous nineteenth-century architect G.F. Bodley, who worked closely with Arts and Crafts artists such as William Morris and local artists such as Frederick Leach. The simple wooden door opens into a dramatic blast of colour and pattern with almost every surface painted, stencilled or with gilded decoration. All Saints’ is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity with over 350 churches in its care. 25% of fees will be donated back to the charity.
We will use some of the now very limited stock of beautiful Cockerell marbled papers which have a strong local connection. Douglas Cockerell was one of the country’s most noted Arts and Crafts bookbinders and the brother of Sydney Cockerell, private secretary to William Morris and Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum. The marbling style was developed by the Cockerell family in Letchworth , then Grantchester and finally brought to the Cockerell Marbled Papers studio in Barton where production stopped in 2012.
The class is suitable for complete beginners but is also designed to impart valuable skills whether you are new to bookbinding or have already dabbled!
Kate and I are delighted to be doing a third presentation of this class this time at the lovely new venue - The Lodge Flower and Craft School in Hemingford Grey. Booking is now open on that site.
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. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more .
You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.
Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
Week 2: Concertina Binding
Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
Week 5: Lined Slipcase
These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability.
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