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.
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.
Whilst slipcases and clamshell boxes are most common in bookbinding many people just love boxes for boxes' sake so this class is for you! We will explore a variety of options including stacking, dividing and alternative lids whilst also working on (thru demonstration and practice) the all-important skills of measuring and covering. All participants will work to the same template but there will be the opportunity for personalisation in covering and lining materials. You will go home with one beautiful box and the materials to practice another tray, turning the whole project into a handmade masterpiece!
Give a worn but much-loved paperback a new lease of life paying particular attention to page cleaning and repair as well as rebinding in a soft or hard cover.
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After a hugely exciting and productive day of marbling and book making in April we are delighted to be able to fit another day in the calendar.
We will return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is 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. 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 .
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.
During this one day class we use a mixture of demonstration and practice to ensure that you finish the day with a completed quarter leather raised bands book. A stunning book and skills that you can transfer home if you wish.
The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class.
The binding allows the book to lie perfectly flat and also to open to 360 degrees, making it popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketch book. Also, the exposed spine stitching has enormous visual appeal.During the day you will learn how to prepare the pages for binding as well as decide on your own personal decorative style for board covering before getting to grips with the stitching. You will also have creative input on the appearance of the spine itself.Suitable for beginners.
"In bookbinding, a dos-à-dos binding (from the French meaning "back-to-back") is a binding structure in which two separate books are bound together such that the fore edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other, with a shared lower board between them serving as the back cover of both. When shelved, the spine of the book to the right faces outward, while the spine of the book to the left faces the back of the shelf; the text of both works runs head-to-tail." (Straight from Wikipedia!)
Make your own hard-backed notebook and emboss it with a title or your name. A thrilling achievement in a day and a great gift if you can bear to put someone else's name on it! Combine this with the raised bands class and/or a slipcase or solander box class for a truly special project. This could even be the beginning of your journey into leather bindings (see March 24).
We work on a standard size of 120mm x 165mm and 200 pages so that all projects are uniform and can mix'n'match.
Please keep this date free! We will be launching a new book/album style here with info and photos soon.
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