Preliminary details of the Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Conference 2015 – will be posted here shortly.
Conference 2013, held at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley Campus in late August 2013, was a tremendous success. Below is a report by the Conference Organiser.
Conference 2013 at Leeds Metropolitan University, August 29th-31st
This year there were fifteen speakers, who could be put into three broad categories: book arts, conservation and fine and traditional binding.
Sue Doggett is a book artist who used her experiences to give her ideas about book creation.
Peter Jones brought a set of interesting-looking machines into the lecture room and showed how he used them to make ‘composite boards’ with wood, acrylic and other materials.
Stephan Ortbauer, from Vienna, talked about the work he does with artists to make books to show their work. Some of these are enormous, some are tiny.
Tracey Rowledge is well known for her gold tooling and work in book arts. She showed us a method of tooling on paper.
FINE & TRADITIONAL BINDING
Stuart Brockman , of Brockman Bookbinders, showed how to repair damage to gold tooling, and how to produce a complicated-looking spine with a few simple tools.
Terry Buckley used his traditional apprenticeship and his wide experience of teaching to show how a book is constructed and covered so that it will open flat.
Edmund King filled out our historical knowledge with a fascinating after-dinner talk on two of the Victorian book designers. We discovered that they always signed their work with a monogram and that it can be found if you look hard enough.
Monique Lallier gave a demonstration of a method of making edge-to-edge doublures on a fine binding.
Sue Hufton was one of the calligraphers working on the Saint John’s Bible, and described how the team had had to work together to produce this beautiful set of books.
Kate Brett, of Payhembury Marbled Papers, gave a talk on the history of marbling patterns followed by a demonstration of how these patterns are achieved.
Don Etherington is internationally known for his work in setting up conservation programmes and studios. His stiff board vellum binding avoided the need to put vellum over the cords by cutting a slot for them.
Yvette Fletcher from the Leather Conservation Centre at Northampton described their work on ‘red rot’ and its treatment.
Richard Nichols talked about the early methods of conservation which are now not used but which formed the basis of modern conservation methods.
Philippa Räder, a conservator for the Royal Collections, told us about the rebinding of Audubon’s Birds of America. This started with the sound of birdsong and pink flamingos on the tables, and was a record on film of the difficulties of rebinding this enormous book. The endpapers were irreplaceable and so had to be detached from the old boards and replaced on the new ones.
Karen Vidler is the senior conservator at Book Conservation Services. She told us about the way leather is constructed and processed and how to recognise the different types.
This year there were 177 full delegates and 20 day delegates.
Eight of the delegates had places as ‘helpers’ who assisted the speakers during their talks and directed people as necessary.
Six bursaries were awarded by the London and South Region and two more from the Gordon Hartley Memorial Fund and the Clothworkers’ Foundation.
This was held in the sports hall behind the main building. Twenty-five suppliers took stalls, selling a wide range of equipment and materials: leathers, cloths, papers, tools and equipment.
Please note that it may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the speakers’ slots. Please note also that some speakers will be giving their presentation twice, but not necessarily on the same day.
Don Etherington (2)
Kate Brett (2)
Terry Buckley (2)
Stuart Brockman (2)
Don Etherington and Terry Buckley will both be giving one presentation in two parts.
* We are very sorry that Adam Larsson has had to withdraw from the Conference for personal reasons. We are very grateful to Richard Nichols and Helen Golding-Miller who have very kindly agreed to rearrange their own timetables to fill Adam's two places.
Terry served a bookbinding apprenticeship at W T Morrells and worked in several other hand binderies. He was bookbinding tutor at the London College of Printing, and has lectured on bookbinding in the USA and Europe. His wide experience has taught him the need to use methods that work so that the book will function properly.Terry will look at the forwarding processes and discuss why they are used and what constitutes best practice when binding a book.
Sue is an artist whose main practice is in book arts, looking at ‘the relationship between objects, sound and memory’. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and Art History from Oxford Brookes University and and an MA in Design from Brighton University. She is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and a teacher of art and design. Her work can be found in public collections in Europe and the USA.Sue will look at the importance of the words of a text in the interpretation and creation of books and bookbindings.
Don studied bookbinding at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the London College of Printing, and served his apprenticeship with Harrison and Sons. He moved to the USA and after working in book conservation in the Library of Congress and the University of Texas developed a conservation programme for the Etherington Conservation Center. He is one of the foremost authorities on book conservation.
Don will show how to make a stiff board vellum binding
with slotted spine.
Yvette followed a first degree in History and Art History with an MA in Conservation and a six-month internship at the Leather Conservation Centre in Northampton. Since 2009 she has been head of the LCC and is a mentor for the professional accreditation scheme run by the Institute for Conservation (ICON).Yvette will talk about the work of the LCC into acid deterioration in leather and its treatment.
Sue studied calligraphy and bookbinding at Roehampton. She is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and teaches lettering and bookbinding at West Dean College. For some years she was one of the scribes of the Saint John’s Bible and she frequently gives talks about the work involved. She has fulfilled many commissions and her work can be found in collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Crafts Study Centre.Sue will tell us about the handwritten Bible commissioned by the Benedictine Community of Saint John’s in Minnesota, which has taken over twelve years to produce.
Peter started out with a degree in Economics but since then has worked extensively with wood, in furniture restoration and carpentry. He started bookbinding when he moved to Brighton in 1986. He is an experienced teacher and a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, of which he was President for some years. He is particularly interested in the use of wood and acrylic in his bindings.Peter will talk about the development of his techniques using wood and acrylic sheet and show some of the tools, machinery and methods used.
Ed worked at the British Library for many years, first cataloguing and indexing, and then in the preservation service, where he was in charge of selecting books for binding and conservation. He then became head of the extensive newspaper collection, which is regarded as one of the best in the world.Ed will share with us his enthusiasm for Victorian decorated bindings, and in particular the work of John Leighton and William Harry Rogers.
Monique studied bookbinding in Montreal and Paris, and then in Ascona in Italy and Solothurn in Switzerland. She was Director of the American Academy of Bookbinding from 2004-2009 and is a member of several bookbinding associations in Canada, the USA and Europe. She is an internationally-recognised bookbinder and book artist and her work is in collections all over the world.Monique will show us how to make a smooth ’edge to edge’ leather doublure that goes up to the edge of the covering leather.
Adam studied bookbinding and book and paper conservation
in Sweden and works as a book conservator in the Uppsala University
Library, dealing with all kinds of materials of different ages,
such as papyrus fragments and mediaeval books. He has given
workshops and classes in many parts of the world.
Richard studied Conservation at the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts and then worked as a conservator in various record offices. He is now senior conservator at the Staffordshire Archive and Heritage Service. He has been involved in conservation training and enjoys passing on his wide knowledge of the conservation of paper, parchment and bindings.Richard will discuss what the conservator has to consider when treating and binding hand-written and archival material, and will describe some recent case studies.
Stephan studied bookbinding in Vienna and is a freelance bookbinder and book artist. He enjoys making books of extreme sizes, whether large or small.Stephan will talk about the artists he has worked with producing large books and also about his miniature ‘leporello’ books.
Philippa took a degree in English from Cambridge University and worked in publishing and the antiquarian book trade in Los Angeles. She then trained in book and paper conservation, and ran her own printing and bookbinding studio for some years. She is now a book conservator and bookbinder for the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.Philippa will describe how the four volumes of Birds of America containing the plates of John James Audubon’s prints made from his paintings were taken out of their inappropriate bindings and rebound.
Tracey studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College and Fine Binding and Conservation at Guildford College. She is well known as a fine binder and book artist, and her work is collected and exhibited all over the world. She is a founder member of ‘Tomorrow’s Past’, an international bookbinding group, and is an established teacher of bookbinding.Tracey will talk about tooling with gold leaf on to paper, and will discuss the thinking behind her methods.
Karen gained the Diploma in Fine Bookbinding and Conservation at Guildford College and followed this with the post-graduate qualification in Book Conservation at West Dean College. She worked as a book conservator and is now the senior book and paper conservator for Book Conservation Services; she combines this with teaching leather conservation at West Dean and elsewhere.Karen will talk about the physical make-up of leather and its treatment and finish so that listeners will gain a better understanding of the material. She will encourage us to ask questions!
Entries for the Society of Bookbinders’ International Bookbinding Competition 2013 will be on display in the Jubilee Room, which is near the lecture halls. The winners of the various categories will be announced on the Saturday evening before dinner and there will be time to look at these bindings.
The closing date for registration for the competition is Friday June 14th 2013. Entries must be sent to the competition organisers between Monday 8th and Friday 12th July 2013. More information can be found here.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
These sideshows are planned to take place in the Cavendish Building, near the accommodation block, but please check at Carnegie Village reception as circumstances may have changed. The DVD will be shown once only. The demonstrations are quite informal, and you may come and go as you like.
DVD showing: Anthony Cains: A Decorative Leather Covering Technique
(shown by kind permission of the Rochester Institute of Technology)
Kate Bernstein: The use of traditional materials in modern book arts
Helen Golding-Miller: A limp vellum binding
Tony Russ: the technique of cuir ciselé
Leeds itself is well worth a visit and is easily accessible by bus from the main road near the Leeds Metropolitan campus. There will be a printed guide to a walk around the city centre to help you make the most of your time there.
This will be held in one of the university sports halls, a few minutes’ walk from the James Graham building and the residential accommodation. Major companies specialising in materials, tools and equipment relating to bookbinding and conservation will be there, as well as some smaller ones, and this is an excellent opportunity to see what is available and to handle it, and to benefit from special offers. The fair will be open from 10.30am on the Friday morning and there will be time between lectures to visit the fair, as well as early on Friday evening.
Leeds is easily accessible from the motorway network, the M1 and the M62 running close to the city. Headingley is on the A660 which runs north out of the city towards Otley.
Parking is free in the various car parks on the Headingley campus. These are close to the accommodation and the lecture halls.
Leeds is well served by rail and the journey from both London and Edinburgh takes about two and a half hours. Trains are frequent. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.
T: 08457 484950
T: (from overseas) +44 (0)207 278 5240
Buses from the city centre (6, 92) and the railway station (1, stop Z1) run up the Otley Road. The most convenient stop for the campus is Churchwood Avenue, just after the BP garage. It is a few minutes' walk to the campus, but there will be a shuttle service from the bus stop and the campus running between 12.30 and 5.00pm.
If you prefer to take a taxi from the station there is a rank opposite the main entrance.
National Express coaches run services to Leeds. For details see www.nationalexpress.com
T: 08717 818178
T: (from overseas) +44 (0)8717 818178
Leeds-Bradford airport is nearby and a taxi journey from there takes about fifteen minutes.
T: 0113 250 9696
• Please note that all places for Conference 2013 are now taken and booking is closed.