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April 2020

Richard Nichols’ workshop on traditional sewing structures

April 18

Did you know there are many different traditional sewing methods for a text block?  Richard will talk about some of the different methods and where and when they were used.  Then, using traditional sewing frames he will teach us a selection of the different methods. Tools to bring: sewing needles, small scissors, bone folder, sewing frame. If you don't have a sewing frame we can provide one for the day. Please indicate when booking if you would like to borrow…

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Magical Boxes with Diana Illingworth-Cook

April 18 @ 10:00 am - April 19 @ 4:00 pm
Moorland Village Hall,, Wheddon Cross
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What if a box is more than a box? What if you can't quite see how to open it? With a little imagination and a few clever tricks, boxes can be marvellous, mysterious and magical.  Two day workshop to explore several box structures, looking at construction and covering techniques, including a hidden compartment and one with a mechanism that lifts up the book as you open the box.

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Paper Making – POSTPONED

April 25
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIAN REGION PAPER MAKING  -  POSTPONED   Binders work with paper most of the time but how many know where it comes from or even know how it is made?  Mandy Brannan will, in this workshop, get participants making their own wonderful paper.

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Paste Papers

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Paste, Paint & Paper...  With Sheila Wood but not as you've done it before. Using a special paint brush and Japanese wheat starch, which will be provided, you will make exciting patterns and vibrant colour combinations. This is the brainchild of Santa Fe artist, Madeleine Durham, taught to Sheila in one of her classes in Colorado. The cost of the workshop will be £20 to members and £40 to non-members, plus a material cost of £10 - £15 This will take place…

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May 2020

Visit to John Rylands Library and Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections

May 16
Rylands Library, Deansgate
Manchester, United Kingdom
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The day will start at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate where we will meet in the café at about 11am for coffee.  This gives us the opportunity to look around the collections on display, followed by lunch at approximately 12.30-13.30 wherever you prefer. After lunch we will make our way to MMU, for 14.00 where we will be given an introductory talk about the Special Collections and then we can browse the material on show.  Selected items from the…

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Drum Leaf Binding – POSTPONED

May 16
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIAN REGION DRUM LEAF BINDING  -  POSTPONED Mark Cochram is no stranger to Linton Village Hall and his return will be welcomed. The San Francisco Centre for the Book says; The drum leaf binding, developed by bookbinder and artist, Tim Ely, is an adhesive book structure made up of single folios attached back to back. Similar in make-up to a children’s “board book,” it utilizes minimal amounts of adhesive, avoiding issues of expansion and contraction. Only one side of…

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West Midlands: Medieval Structural Endbands – Arthur Green

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
United Reformed Church Hall, Worcester Road
Malvern, WR14 1SS
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A one day workshop with Arthur Green, independent book conservator.  This practical workshop will explore a mediaeval two-part structural endband.  The day will start by working two basic, single core, primary endband styles and the session will finish by working a decorative chevron over the primary endband.  Arthur will give guidance and advice on how the endbands are worked and how they can be adapted to provide strong yet minimally interventive repairs.  This workshop is suitable for those with at…

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Paper Marbling

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beginners Traditional Marbling with Jill Sellars. Fee:  Members - £30.00  Non Members - £50.00 Materials:  £15.00 Participants will be provided with the tools and materials required to acquire the ability to make basic patterns from which many traditional and innovative decorated papers can be created. We will use acrylic paints which does not come off clothes. Students should bring newspaper to put on the floor, strips of newspaper approx. 5 x 35cm minimum for skimming the size, a folding drying…

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Visit to Berkeley Castle and Library

May 19 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Midway between Bristol and Gloucestershire, Berkeley is the oldest castle to be lived in by the same family for nearly 900 years.  It is where King Edward II was murdered.  The Muniment Room has documents dating back to 1254.  10.30 arrival, 11.00 talk by the Castle Archivist followed by a short talk from our very own Caroline Palmer on her conservation work.  Lunch will be followed by a tour of the castle.  Also see the Butterfly House in the grounds.

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June 2020

An introduction to paper marbling with Jill Sellars

June 13
Community Centre, Chester Road, Kelsall CW6 0SB, Chester Road
Kelsall, CW6 0SB

Participants will be provided with marbling colours, paper and the equipment required to learn how to make basic patterns. These skills can then be developed to create many traditional and innovative decorated papers. Maximum number 14, Materials cost £15. Students should bring strips of newspaper for skimming (approx 2"x 14") and newspaper to put on the floor, a folding drying rack, an apron and wear comfortable old shoes and clothes. Acrylic paint will be used which does not come off…

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