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Officers

Talitha Wachtelborn

CHAIR

Avery Bazemore

TREASURER

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BOOKINGS

Meagen Smith

SECRETARY

Events

2023 Spring events

Please note price changes:
– Demonstrations and talks are £20 for members and £40 for non-members.
– Workshops are £50 for members and £75 for non-members. If applicable, materials are an extra charge
– Visits are £25
– Book Arts Day is £15

2023 Spring events booking form


Location

Unless stated otherwise, events run from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1 8PH.

The pedestrian entrance is, through the gates, between 34 & 36 Kelly Street and at the rear of the building on Church Avenue (door on the left at the end of the alleyway) where there is limited car parking. Church Avenue is off Kentish Town Road near the corner with Prince of Wales Road.

Nearest Tube is Kentish Town on the Northern Line, turn left out of the Station and it’s a 5min walk along the High St.

There is also an Overground Station nearby, Kentish Town West less than 5min.

Venue is well served by several London Bus routes, 46, 134, 214, 393, C2.

The lively high street has many cafes and food shops but you are welcome to bring food in to the venue for your lunch. Teas and coffee are available for a small donation.

Venue is fully accessible with ramps at both entrances with a lift and an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Please be aware though, that unfortunately, there are no automatic doors to enter.


Bookings

Closing date for bookings is 14 January 2023. Please fill in the form by this date. We recommend that you make a note of your preferences to avoid double booking, cancellations, and unnecessary extra work for our volunteers.

For workshops with limited places we may need to operate a lottery system to fairly allocate spots. Submission of interest DOES NOT guarantee a place. Complete the form ONCE for each participant.

You will be notified of any places that you successfully obtain after the date listed above and will then be asked for payment.

Zoom event log-in details will be sent after places have been allocated.

Payment is by bank transfer. Bank details will be sent along with the notice of a successful place. Please pay promptly when notified you have a place or it may be passed along to the next person on the waiting-list. This is to ensure full attendance and benefit for the highest number of members.

Refunds are not available 2 weeks before an event as we may not be able to fill the place.

Please make a note of your selections.

If payment is not received after attempts to contact you, places will be given to those on the waiting list. This system was introduced to accommodate as many people as possible and to reduce no shows and non-payment.

 


Event schedule

2023 Spring events booking form

Saturday, 4 February

Talks and L&S Annual General Meeting, 11:30 – 16:30
Fees: £20 (members)/£40 (non-members)
There is no charge if members wish to attend the AGM only.

11:30 – 12:00 tea and coffee
12:00 – 13:00 ‘Brief overview of the history and materiality of parchment manuscript production’ by Lara Artemis

Between parchment (writing substrate) production, writing with ink, designing and decorating with pigments and illuminating the page with gold – we are exposed to an array of wonderful crafts all interwoven to create one small page. This talk is an opportunity to briefly discuss early to modern historiography and material production of parchment manuscripts in the West.

Biography: Lara Artemis ACR is a Senior Conservator managing a small team of conservators at Lambeth Palace Library, the national library and archive for the Church of England based in Lon-don. She previously worked in Collections Care at the Parliamentary Archives, British Library, Wellcome Collections and the National Archives in Kew. Lara’s specialism is as a parchment con-servator, as well as freelance consulting in management and parchment conservation, she fre-quently teaches on this subject. Her career has focused on library and archive conservation and preservation, including leading teams through change and covering project management for large scale collection moves and risk management.

13:00 – 14:30 AGM – NO CHARGE

Please bring lunch or head out to one of the nearby cafes before joining us for the meeting.

14:30 – 15:30 ‘Ten Years of Working Together at LCBA’ by Simon Goode & Ira Yonemura

London Centre for Book Arts was established in 2012, becoming the first centre of its kind in the UK. Founders Ira Yonemura and Simon Goode will talk about the past, present and future of LCBA, the people that have made it what it is, and the work that has come out of the Centre since it opened.

Biographies: Simon (Wolverhampton, UK) studied Book Arts and Crafts at the London College of Communica-tion (LCC) and was lucky enough to have been taught by the last of the trade bookbinders, printers and print finishers on a course that emphasised a practical and craft-based approach to ‘book arts’. As well as running LCBA, he teaches at Central Saint Martins in London.

Ira (Kagoshima, Japan), meanwhile, studied Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and around the same time fell into a community of artists, musicians and queer activists who saw books and publishing as an extension of their practices, with self-organisation and col-laboration as their de facto model of working.

15:30 – 16:30 Social with remaining wine from the Christmas event.


Monday, 20 February, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


FULL

Saturday, 25 February 11:30 – 16:30
Workshop: Medieval structural endbands and their application in book repair
Fees: £50 (members)/£75 (non-members)
Material costs: £10 per student

Max number of attendees: 10

Instructor: Arthur Green, Independent Book Conservator

Endbands on late medieval wooden-board bindings were an integral part of the structure; they act-ed like extra sewing supports forming part of the board attachment. Decoration, when applied, was often done as a second operation with coloured threads worked over the primary sewing. This practical workshop will explore a medieval two-part structural endband. The day will start with a short show-and-tell looking at historic examples of endbands, followed by the assessment and preparation of materials. Students will then make up to four examples of historic endbands.

Arthur will give guidance and advice on how endbands are worked, and how they can be adapted to provide strong yet minimally interventive repairs. This practical workshop is suitable for those with at least some experience of sewing.

Tools/materials:
All cord and thread will be provided; however, if they can, students are requested to bring the fol-lowing:
– At least two multiple-section sewn book-blocks – minimum 30mm wide each
– Needles in a variety of sizes suitable for bookbinding
– A finishing press

Biography: Arthur Green is an Independent Book Conservator and Bookbinder who owns and runs Green’s Books Ltd. near Malvern, in Worcestershire. In 2008, he graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, and has since worked at institutions including the Leather Conservation Centre, British Library, Oxford Conservation Consortium, and Bodleian Library. Arthur is particularly interested in the history of bookbinding and has published widely on the topic.
http://www.greensbooks.co.uk


Wednesday, 15 March 19:00
Zoom demo: Box making: construction and covering

Fee: £20 (members)/£40 (non-members)

Instructor: Mylyn McColl

In this live demo, Mylyn will talk through the processes of box construction and covering tech-niques, demonstrating with a lift off lid box and talking about slipcases and clamshell structures. You will see how to measure, assemble, cut and cover boxes with efficient neat results.

Biography: Mylyn has been working as a professional bookbinders for over 15 years. She learnt the skill train-ing in binderies across the UK and developed her fine binding skills studying with Mark Cockram and Kathy Abbott. She has twice been awarded prizes in the Designer Bookbinder annual competi-tion. An active member in the bookbinding community she has been co-organiser of the Society of Bookbinders International Competition and is on the Society’s London and South committee. She is Principle Tutor at the Bound by Veterans project at Shepherds Daffodil Barn in Wiltshire. She loves books, loves binding, and loves sharing her skills and joy of the craft through teaching at var-ious venues.


Monday, 20 March, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Wednesday 22 March 14:00-16:00

Visit to Lambeth Palace Library

Fee: £25

Max number of attendees: 15

Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1610 under the will of Archbishop Richard Bancroft. The vision of Lambeth Palace Library is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the memory of the Church of England, so that its cultural and religious history can be enjoyed by all.

Designed by award-winning architects Wright & Wright, the new Lambeth Palace Library building will safeguard the future of the library and increase the accessibility of its world-class collection. Come and see some areas not usually open to the public, such as the eighth floor conference room and terrace (with its spectacular views) and the Collection Care Studio. The tour will explain the history of the library and its collection, as well as our journey to a brand new, purpose-built home for the books and archives we care for.

There will also be an opportunity to view our current exhibition on the Mezzanine floor.


Saturday, 15 April 2023 11:30-16:30

Workshop: A Spider and A Star – an album and a box

Fees: £50(members)/£75(non-members)

Materials cost: TBA

Max number of students: 12

Instructor: Sue Doggett

In this workshop we will make two structures. The Spider is an album which is designed to house items thicker than your usual photographs and ephemera, and the Star Box is an ingenious series of trays which fold up into a neat box, ideal for small items and trinkets. There will be opportunities to add creative touches to the completed projects so if you would like to bring along any decorative paper scraps and samples, rubber stamps or your favourite art materials, please do.

Tool List:
– scalpel/craft knife and spare blades
– dividers
– bone folder
– small brushes
– pencil
– steel rule
– cutting mat
– any other tools that you like to use for bookbinding

There will be a materials list, mostly paper, sent out nearer the time.

Biography: Sue Doggett is an artist who creates hand-made books and bindings. She did her BA at Oxford Brookes University studying the History of Art and Visual Studies and then went on to Brighton to do the Certificate in Bookbinding and Repair. Sue became a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 and completed and MA in Design (Book Arts) at Brighton Polytechnic two years later. She is an experienced teacher at BA and MA level and has run many workshops in book arts. Sue cur-rently teaches bookbinding and book arts at The City Literary Institute in London where she is also the co-ordinator of Bookbinding and Calligraphy courses. She exhibits regularly and is represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA. Her work can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library, New Haven; The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol; Manchester Met-ropolitan Museum; and the Clothworkers ’Company, London.


Monday, 17 April, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Saturday, 22 April

Books Arts Day

More details to follow.

Attendee fee: £15


Saturday 13 May 2023 11:30 – 16:30

Demo:Conservation Binding in a limp-vellum style

Fee: £20 (members)/£40(non-members)

Instructor: Talitha Wachtelborn

This conservation binding mimics a vellum binding, but is made in conservation-grade materials. It is an easy and quick binding that is non-adhesive, does not require extensive tools or equipment, and is reversible.

Biography: Talitha is a book and paper conservator working on the Sion Collection of early printed books (1450-1850) at Lambeth Palace Library. Talitha trained at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2013. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the V&A, Senate House, and the Par-liamentary Archives.

2023 Spring events booking form


Monday, 15 May, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 19 June, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 17 July, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 21 August, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 18 September, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 16 October, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 20 November, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Monday, 18 December, 19.00
Artist Books with Malcolm
Fees: Free
Contact for invitation and Zoom link

We meet online for a chat every month. We aim to be open, supportive and inclusive. We have members taking their first steps in book making and we have others with a lifetime of experience.

You don’t need a qualification to join the group and you don’t need to pay any money. See Artist Books website for more information.


Please contact Talitha Wachtelborn (email: ls.secretary@societyofbookbinders.com ) if you have any queries.

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