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2015-2016 Programme

In conjunction with Designer Bookbinders the Society organises an annual series of weekend workshops. These workshops offer structured, intensive learning from established teachers and are designed to stress the ‘hands-on’ approach where students complete a structure or technique following demonstrations from the teacher. The size of each workshop is limited to allow students to benefit from individual attention.

17-18 October 2015
Lacunose Binding
Paul Delrue
30-31 January 2016
Airbrush Technique
Glenn Bartley
14-15 November 2015
Edge Gilding
Julian Thomas
27-28 February 2016
Traditional Gold Tooling
Trevor Lloyd
5-6 December 2015
Alternative Box Making
Lori Sauer
12-13 March 2016
Double Boards Binding
Rachel Ward-Sale

The 2015/16 programme has been organised by Alan Fitch and Claire Weaver.

For full details about each of the workshops, please choose from the tabs above.

Workshops usually take place on a Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with suitable breaks.

The fee for each workshop is £140 plus a charge for materials provided by the tutor and payable ‘on the day’.

We hope you will be tempted – but please remember that the workshops tend to fill up very quickly, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

For further information please contact Sarah Jarrett-Kerr.


 

Lacunose Binding

Tutor:Paul Delrue
Dates: 17-18 October 2015
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Farthing Press, Llanymynech, Powys SY22 6QJ
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP20.00 materials payable on the day)

‘Lacunose’, meaning furrowed or pitted, and is a technique that entails paring leather, applying it to a backing material as a montage, overlapping and puckering in a random way, sanding and coating with PVA, more sanding, more PVA, more sanding etc. etc. Over the weekend the technique will be explained and demonstrated with each student making a Lacunose plaquette and a plaquette on archival aid paper.

Basic materials will be provided but to make the most of this course it really is a requirement that you have your own Brockman/Scarfix paring machine and sharp paring knife.


Paul Delrue is one of the UK’s most respected and prolific traditional bookbinders, drawing on over 50 years personal experience.

Today Paul continues to bind as passionately as ever and with the same level of skill and care that has seen him win numerous awards and competitions with his exceptional quality bindings, and gained him the twin accolade of being a Fellow of both the Designer Bookbinders and the Society of Bookbinders.

 

Edge Gilding

Tutor: Julian Thomas
Dates: 14-15 November 2015
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Farthing Press, Llanymynech, Powys SY22 6QJ
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP15.00 materials payable on the day)

In this workshop you will learn how to gild solid book edges and also how to gild deckled edges. You will also learn howto prepare glair and sharpen the steel scrapers necessary for smoothing your book edges prior to gilding. You will be asked to bring along two or three of you own unbound books avoiding previously used books or volumes made from poor quality paper.

 


Julian Thomas began his career in the bookbinding section at the National Library of Wales in 1969. Up to his retirement in 2010, he had spent his entire career working in the library where he became Head of Binding and Conservation in 1981. He was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. He is now self-employed and undertakes book and paper conservation as well as commissioned private and edition fine bindings. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to Bookbinding and Conservation Science in the Queen’s New Year’s honours List.

 

Alternative Box Making

Tutor: Lori Sauer
Dates: 5-6 December 2015
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Daffodil Barn, Woodborough, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5PF
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP15.00 materials payable on the day)

A good binding without a container is like a painting without a frame - just somehow not complete. Well-bound books need a sturdy wrapper or box for protection from scuffing and the effects of sunlight and dust. The two containers made in this workshop are made from layers of heavy paper and the results are lightweight, robust and provide permanent housing for books. They compliment the binding and become a part of its overall presentation. These boxes are for all types of books: one is an elaborated slipcase with a self-locking lid and the other is a folder that incorporates head and tail bars and a magnetic closure.


Lori Sauer is a professional full-time binder and the founder of BINDING re:DEFINED, a programme of workshops specializing in alternative book structures. She is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and is currently serving as its president.

 

Airbrush Technique

Tutors: Glenn Bartley
Dates: 30-31 January 2016
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Daffodil Barn, Woodborough, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5PF
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP5.00 materials payable on the day)

Airbrushes have been used for decades in all manner of ways in the arts and crafts. This workshop will explore this versatile tool and its many interesting uses in the bookbinding environment and is aimed at those with no previous experience of airbrushing.

Basic materials will be provided but to make the most of this course it is a requirement that you have your own airbrush and compressor. (A dual action type airbrush, and an oil-less air compressor.)

If you are looking to attend this weekend and would like some more information on what type of airbrush and compressor to purchase, please contact Glenn.


Glenn Bartley, a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, has been binding books for more than thirty years. His bindery in Culham, Oxfordshire has clients from major institutions to private collectors, both nationally, and internationally, working with a variety of materials including bindings in traditional and contemporary styles, restoration and boxmaking.

 

Traditional Gold Finishing

Tutor: Trevo rLloyd
Dates: 27-28 February 2016
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: 12 Old Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1NP
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP30.00 materials payable on the day)

All good finishing starts from the ground up, anyone hoping to achieve exceptional results in what is one of the most difficult aspects of bookbinding needs to start the process with the choice of materials and the structure of the binding before they even consider any tooling.

This two day intensive course will start from the very beginning, participants will learn about the different ways leather and binding structure affect tooling, then having prepared some sample boards and spines from the most appropriate materials the course will rapidly move onto all the tried and trusted techniques for achieving good quality and consistent tooling using traditional materials.


Trevor has been a professional binder for nearly 35 years. After being introduced to the craft whilst at college in the 1970s, he went on to work for several binderies in York and then to Sangorski and Sutcliffe in London, before moving to the Welsh Marches.

Working from a Georgian building in the centre of Ludlow, Trevor’s company specialises in the restoration and the rebinding of antiquarian books and this has allowed Trevor to pursue his passion for gold tooling, his work is sought after from customers all over the world.

 

Double Boards Binding

Tutor: Rachel Ward-Sale
Dates: 12-13 March 2016
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Daffodil Barn, Woodborough, Nr Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5PF
Fee: GBP140.00 (plus GBP5.00 materials payable on the day)

This versatile technique for producing a robust binding with separately covered boards is particularly useful if you want to use decorative techniques such as impressing or piercing, which are harder to execute once the book has been covered. It is also ideal for producing bindings with different colours or
treatments on the boards and spine.

This practical workshop will cover the processes involved in forwarding and covering a book using the double boards method. Including preparation of the text block, choosing materials and preparing them for covering. It will be suitable for students with experience of forwarding as well as leather paring and covering.

Students may bring a prepared text block and their own materials or blank book blocks and materials can be provided at cost price, which will be over and above the Basic Material cost. (Details will follow.)


Rachel studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at The University of Brighton from 1977 – 1981. She became a Licentiate member of Designer Bookbinders in 1980 and in 2005 was elected a fellow.

Since leaving college she has worked as a self employed bookbinder and teacher. In 1992 she co-founded Bookbinders of Lewes, a hand bindery undertaking a wide variety of projects. Although a large proportion of her work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, her main interest remains centred around the creation of designed bindings. She has bindings in collections in the UK and abroad.

 

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