East Anglia

East Anglia
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East Anglia - Vast and Flat

The Wash to the Thames, Shoe and Leather centre to the Seaside. Wide open skies over flat fenland to busy conurbations. From high tech to pretty ‘wool’ villages, our Region draws members from seven counties. We are fortunate to include amongst them both skilled traditional book binders and clever designer book artists. Our workshops are held in the rough epicentre of the Region at Linton, just east of Cambridge, with several small groups meeting to work together at binderies all over the area. At various locations across the Region courses are on offer, which cater for both the beginner and improver led by talented teachers of all types of our craft.

Officers

John Mellerio

Treasurer

Fiona Wagstaff

Meeting Secretary

Events

Obviously at the moment all Events are cancelled or postponed.

Keep an eye out for the return of our programme, we hop in October with Paper Repair.

The East Anglia meetings base is Linton Village Hall in Coles Lane, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS. See individual event entries for start times. Meetings usually finish between 3:30pm and 4:00pm.

Tea and coffee are provided but attendees need to bring their own packed lunch. A fee is charged for those attending workshops, either as participants or observers. In addition, there is usually a charge for materials provided for workshop activities. Non-members are always welcome if places permit but the fee is higher.

Please email the Meetings Secretary for more information or download the workshop booking form for 2020 to complete and return. Places are limited (except for the January Social / AGM meeting) so booking is essential.

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January 2020

Social Event and AGM 2020

January 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 Annual Social Event and AGM 2020 This event seems to have become an established one and each year more people attend. From 10.30 hrs the event starts with coffee and then the short AGM. Then it get really interesting! there will be  a mini traders fair, including Harmatan Leathers with some special bargains, and a members Show and Tell display - do bring some of your recent work  to enliven things.  Lunch will be a Jacob's Join…

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March 2020

Nag Hammadi Codex Binding – POSTPONED

March 28 - March 29
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIAN REGION Nag Hammadi Codex Binding 2020 POSTPONED This is a two day weekend workshop with Michael Burke. The San Francisco  Centre for the Book says this about Nag Hammadi codices:  they take their name from the Egyptian village where, in 1945, a clay pot containing 13 ancient books was discovered. These books are the earliest extant codex bindings ever found—1800 years old—and were found in remarkably good condition. The workshop shows you how to make such a binding.

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April 2020

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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May 2020

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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June 2020

FOIL and GOLD LEAF 2020 – POSTPONED

June 20
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIAN REGION Practice, they say, makes perfect but you have to start somewhere.... This workshop with DOUG MITCHELL is aimed to set you off in the right direction.

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July 2020

POP-UP STRUCTURES and PAPER ENGINEERING 2020 – POSTPONED

July 11
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIAN REGION This workshop is by LEE SHEARMAN and  you can see what he does on his web site.  What will we be doing in the Village Hall at Linton?  A full sized working paper model of our Region's Chairman? Join and find out.

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September 2020

EDGE DECORATION 2020 – POSTPONED

September 19 - September 20
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom
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EAST ANGLIA REGION   This is a TWO DAY workshop where TOM McEWAN will show how edges may be decorated in a variety of ways. You can see some of Tom's amazing work on his web pages but there are no edge decorations shown there.  What will Tom bring to Linton Village Hall?

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October 2020

PAPER REPAIR 2020 – still planned but watch this space

October 17
Linton Village Hall, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4JS, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane
Linton, CB21 4JS United Kingdom

EAST ANGLIA   BRIDGET WARRINGTON, a Cambridge based paper conservator, will show you how to make repairs to the very stuff of a book.  This should help you deal with examples of the type of damage shown in the illustration here.

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PDF versions of Single Fold, the East Anglian region’s newsletter are now available in the Members’ Login – see the link in the footer.

POSTPONED until further notice

Turn the Page fair is 15th and 16th May 2020, 10am to 5pm, at The Forum in Norwich city centre where Paul and Peter will be manning our stand.  Find our more.

Although at this stage P and P have not quite decided what the exhibit might be, it will probably show some binding activity like sewing a text block.
Any East Anglian members who want to come along and lend a hand for a while would be most welcome – no  need to make any advance arrangements, just turn up (with biscuits if possible).
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The E&T Seminar binding challenge 2020
** See a new challenge lower down the page….

Regular attendees at the Education & Training Seminars will know about the non-competitive bookbinding challenge initiated by the late John Jameson.  It is an opportunity for binders at all levels, from beginner to Designer Bookbinder Fellow, to show their work in a friendly environment.  There are no judges, no prizes, and no rules.

Until 2018, the challenge was organised by members in the Western region.   East Anglia took up the task of arranging the competition in time for the 2020 Seminar, and we decided to give it a new twist.  Traditionally, the books have been works of a literary nature: Cider with Rosie, Tarka the Otter, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Sweet Thames Run Softly (you can read a blog about this particular project at https://sweetthames.wordpress.com), and most recently, Two Points East by Judith Ellis (herself an Eastern region member).

For 2020, we chose AMUSEMENTS IN MATHEMATICS by Henry Ernest Dudeney. This is a famous and popular book of recreational mathematical puzzles, problems and curiosities.  It was first published in 1917 by Thomas Nelson, and has been reprinted many times. With the cancellation of the seminar due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are putting pictures, below, of completed bindings here in this online gallery. We hope we will be able to show the actual bindings at the 2021 conference.”

Pat Foster

The first ‘exhibitor’ is Pat  from the West Midlands region. Here are her words to accompany the photos:

Near us, there is a rather posh business park (Microsoft, Peat Marwick etc) and the signage is good. In particular I have always liked their numbering. So I took photos of everything and created a collage of photos which I used as the endpapers for the book and, at a slightly larger scale, printed on photographer`s canvas which I bound the book in.

Alan Fitch

1958 edition bound in Black and White Goat skin in a Double Boards style. Made endpapers, sewn endbands, graphite edges. The spine is titled using die cut letters as onlays. The boards are decorate using channeled inlays to give a sense of fun bearing in mind that with Mathematics it is either right or wrong and very precise unlike the design. Presented in a drop back box lined with velvet suede.

Paul Garcia

This is a 1921 edition of the book, rebound in silk and leather, with the title around the head, fore-edge and tail of the text block. The box contains pieces and tokens to assist with solving the puzzles.  There’s a short video and more text about the binding on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QROXniFmAaQ.

**New Challenge For Any SoB Member

You may recall the 2018 Seminar Challenge, to bind a copy of Judith Ellis’s book Two Points East; indeed you may have taken part.  Many of the entries went on a travelling exhibition to Jarrolds in Norwich and The Maltings in Wells-next-the Sea, as well as being on show at Turn the Page in 2019.
Judith has now written another book, described fully in this link, which has gone to a second printing. As a result, she has about 180 unbound copies which she is offering to SoB members for the cost of postage, and possibly a small donation to The Trussell Trust (a NGO and charity that works to end the need for food banks in the UK). It is a small book about A5 size, with four octavo sections. If sufficient members are interested, it might possible to arrange to exhibit the bound books at Jarrolds, the Maltings, and Turn the Page again, sometime in 2021.
 
If you would like to have a go at this, please contact Judith directly at judith290@btinternet.com so that she can send you a copy (or copies!)