SoB/DB Joint Workshops 2019-20

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2019-2020 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.

Two Days - Two Books Envelopes and Pockets

Two Days – Two Books
Envelopes and Pockets

Tutor: Lori Sauer
Dates: 5 – 6 October 2019
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Beechingstoke, Wiltshire
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

The first book is made up of interlocking booklets that can be interchanged, replaced, used for sewn signatures or loose ephemera. It can be expanded (more sections added) at any time without interference to the covers. It is an unusual and unexpected form for a book, suited for creative story telling or joining separate chapters of a narrative.

The second book is made up of a series of ‘envelopes’. It has an exposed spine sewn with a chain stitch. It can be used to hold samples, prints, or messages. It’s a perfect structure to hold keepsakes and all those little things that require safe storage. The decorative options are guided only by the imagination.

Participants come away with two charismatic books, ready to personalise and ripe for development.

Lori Sauer trained at City Lit, London under the tuition of Sally Lou Smith and David Sellars. She is now self-employed and specialises in contemporary bindings. For 20 years she has run Salisbury Book Crafts and in 2011 founded BINDING re:DEFINED. In 2000 she won the Designer Bookbinders Silver Medal and in 2001 became a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Until recently, Lori enjoyed two spells as the President of Designer Bookbinders.




Tutor: Midori Kunikata-Cockram
Dates: 9 – 10 November 2019
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Barnes, London
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

During the workshop participants will make the traditional Japanese hinged box case. This style of box provides ideal storage for various sizes and shapes of books and papers.

The basic construction is a wraparound enclosure with a 4-sided box and contains a lift-out tray.

Once students learn this style of box making, this method is practicable for wraparound case making.

Materials cost £20 per person, payable on the day.

Midori Kunikata-Cockram was born in Tokyo where she graduated from the Joshibi University of Art and Design. She has lived in the UK since 1996 and is a graduate of the Fine Bookbinding and Conservation course at Guildford College of Technology.

Midori opened the Jade Bookbinding Studio in London in 1997, concentrating on private tuition, commissioned, and personal work. She was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2007.

Playing Small: Artists' Books in Miniature

Playing Small: Artists’ Books in Miniature

Tutor: Nesta Davies
Dates: 8 – 9 February 2020
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Manchester
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

Over the course of two days we’ll be looking at a range of playful book structures, trying out and adapting them for work on a miniature scale. We will consider the structure of the pages, playing with elements such as folds, movement, colour and content so that by the end of the weekend we can each have produced a unique miniature artist’s book.

You are welcome to come with ideas for content, some pre-course preparation will be helpful, but is not obligatory!

Materials cost £5 per person, payable on the day. Some small tools will be available to purchase on the course.

Nesta Davies studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing and City Lit, London. She is a self-employed bookbinder, conservator and teacher, and runs her own studio, Leafwork, in Dorset. She has taught widely, for many years at City Lit, and now increasingly for groups and societies around the country.

From 2001 – 2012 she was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder. In 2017 Nesta was selected to be amongst the Fifty Dorset Makers in Making Dorset. She has books in collections in the UK and abroad (including the Neale Albert collection of miniature bindings).

Paper Cut Drum Leaf Artists' Book

Paper Cut Drum Leaf Artists’ Book

Tutors: Kip Perdue & Mark Cockram
Dates: 4 – 5 April 2020
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Barnes, London
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

A double act in the art of the book beautiful.

A special workshop co-hosted by paper cut artist Kip Perdue and bookbinder/book artist Mark Cockram.

During the first day, working with various papers and a knife, participants will create unique pages and spreads that explore contrast in colour and texture, line, form and space within a artists book structure. Kip will demonstrate and offer tips and tricks of how to work with and cut intricate shapes encouraging to create fields of depth within the sequential narrative and other mesmerising effects.

The second day concentrates on the construction of the book, creating the form of the text block and the binding.

The students will be shown how to make a successful flat back case binding with simple board sculpturing techniques and introduction to pierced board work. Mark will offer hacks and tricks in making and binding.

Both Kip and Mark have worked together in producing unique artists books. Though appearing relaxed and free form, both are exacting in their own work.

Together, in a workshop environment, they bounce ideas around the room, working in a lighthearted way that encourages free form, enabling participants to produce books that offer the maker and viewer new and infinite dimensions in the art of the book.

Contemporary Paper Conservation Binding

Contemporary Paper Conservation Binding

Tutor: Kathy Abbott
Dates: 9 – 10 May 2020
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: London
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

On this two-day course, you will learn how to make two paper-covered conservation bindings. The first will be a ‘Clip-on-cover Binding’ on a blank book. This structure is fully reversible, opens completely flat and is perfect for making at home with limited tools or equipment. The cover literally clips on to a primary wrapper, so that if it gets dirty or damaged, you can simply replace it with no intervention on the text-block.

The second structure is the ‘Polo Binding’. This simple, non-adhesive structure is perfect for when you have a book that does not have a cover nor needs re-sewing. We will sew a blank book with an unsupported link stitch and then attach a cover using a secondary sewing over leather rings.

Variations in the basic technique and materials can be used – the possibilities are endless!

Kathy Abbott served a 4-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, London (UK) followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, Surrey (UK). She teaches advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts bookbinding workshops across the UK and overseas.

She is a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge, a founder member of the group: Tomorrow’s Past, and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.

Conservation Packaging - Fitted Wrappers and Archival Storage

Conservation Packaging – Fitted Wrappers and Archival Storage

Tutor: Ann-Marie Miller
Dates: 13 – 14 June 2020
Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Winchester
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials fee payable on the day)

Conservation housing and enclosures are an essential weapon in the preservation armory. Well-fitting protection is the first way to minimize the risk of damage from transportation and handling. This 2-day course will cover various types of conservation enclosures, such as phase wrappers and their variations, archival book shoes, and fascicules. Participants will make each housing option following step-by-step instructions to ensure a made-to-measure finish. You will learn about both the manufacture of the structures themselves and be able to make informed choices about when to use them. Please bring along books that need housing made for them, you will be provided with materials and practical instruction so that you can become familiar with the necessary materials and tools in a safe environment with an expert on hand.

Materials cost £25 per person, payable on the day.

Ann-Marie Miller is an accredited book and archives conservator based in London, and has run a private workshop, Codex Conservation, for the last 8 years. She works for a broad range of institutional clients and private collectors from national museums and libraries to corporate and educational archives. She also provides teaching; helps to set up new museum spaces; and is a Collection Care consultant supporting digitisation programmes and funding bids. Previously, she worked for 7 years at the British Library, achieving accredited status in 2007. Ann-Marie attained a post-graduate diploma and masters in conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, after studying the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

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  1. Registration will only take place on receipt of full course fees
  2. The fee does not include local accommodation or travel
  3. A charge for materials will be payable on the day
  4. Participants from overseas. It is possible to pay online by PayPal. Please contact the team first to confirm that a place is available on the workshop by emailing:
  5. Full details of the venue and a list of equipment and tools to bring will be sent out nearer the time
  6. Cancellation policy If you cancel your booking up to 30 days prior to the workshop you will get a refund minus a 25% administration fee Cancellation within 30 days will incur a 50% administration fee However, you are able to send a proxy with no administration fee In the event of a cancellation the first person on the waiting list for a given workshop will be offered a place
  7. The organisers reserve the right to change the location and date of the workshop or to cancel the workshop, in which case you will be offered a full refund or, if you choose, a place on any re-scheduled workshop
  8. By registering, you accept that none of the Society of Bookbinders, Designer Bookbinders, the organisers, the landlords of the premises where the workshops take place, nor the workshop leaders accept any liability for loss, damage, personal injury or consequential damages