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The Scotland region was founded in the early 1980s and has members spread over the Scottish mainland & the islands. Meetings are held in various places so that the inevitable travelling is reduced as far as possible. Members meet every two months or thereabouts and have a social gathering at Christmas. The AGM is generally held during February. Anyone with an interest in bookbinding is most welcome to join, and we are delighted to have enquiries from people new to bookbinding.


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April 2019

Tom McEwan: Decorative Leatherwork (workshop)

13th April 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND A workshop on how to apply paste resists and colour dyes to decorate leather. Fee: £15 for the workshop.

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May 2019

Gillian Stewart: Articulated spine board book (workshop)

11th May 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND Made with drum leaf pages and bevelled boards, this contemporary structure is versatile and adaptable. The bevelled spine pieces of the case pop out and hinge as it moves, and tyvek allows the pages to articulate nicely. Participants will have the opportunity to hand decorate their covers by either painting or covering with paper. Taught to Gillian in Centro de bel Libro in Ascona as part of her QEST Scholarship, this method was devised by Kylin Lee. Fee: Members…

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June 2019

Lori Sauer: Stub Binding (workshop)

1st June 2019 - 2nd June 2019
Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour St
Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 8PZ United Kingdom
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SCOTLAND JUNE 1-2 This is a joint workshop with Designer Bookbinders/SoB This workshop is fully booked

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September 2019

Alan Fitch – Leather Inlays & Onlays

21st September 2019 - 22nd September 2019
Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour St
Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 8PZ United Kingdom

SCOTLAND September 21-22 Leather Inlays & Onlays workshop Fee: To be confirmed Time: To be confirmed. Venue: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.

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October 2019

Alison Hay: Criss Cross Binding (workshop)

26th October 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND This technique is also known as Secret Belgian Binding Fee: £10

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November 2019

Glasgow Weekend

29th November 2019 - 30th November 2019

Glasgow Weekend: Friday 29 - Saturday 30 November

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March 2020

AGM Show & tell and Sale

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

AGM Show & Tell and Sale

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April 2020

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

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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June 2020

House Book Structure – POSTPONED

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

House Book Structure with Paul Johnson - details TBC

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Funding Opportunities:

QEST – grants between £5,000 – £18,000 for makers demonstrating excellence in British Craft. Various deadlines throughout the year

Heritage Craft Association – various grants for makers practising endangered crafts. Usually opens around February

The Printing Charity Print Futures Award – Grants for people aged 18 – 30 to get training. Opens early each year

The Princes Trust – small grants between £175 – £250 for young people 18-30 starting up a business or seeking training

Creative Scotland – open funding available for sustained large projects that involve creative practice and engage the community

The Book Trade Charity – grant of up to £1500 for those related to the book trade.  Could be for training, equipment cost, rent

Maureen Duke Award – £2000 granted by the Society of Bookbinders to allow a professional bookbinder to gain further trianing

Designer Bookbinders Bursary – granted to members of DB to attend masterclasses. Email the secretary for an application form and more information