West Midlands

West Midlands
3 years ago
Society of Bookbinders > Regions > West Midlands

In the Middle of England

Our region started life in Birmingham but has now spread out over several counties so our members come from Shropshire and Herefordshire to the west, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to the south, and  Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in the east, as well as a few to the centre and north of Birmingham itself.

We run about four day-long workshops a year on a bookbinding-related subject and try to spread them round the region; our usual meeting places are Shottery (near Stratford-upon-Avon), Malvern (Worcestershire), Marden (Herefordshire) or the Birmingham and Midland Institute in central Birmingham.  The tutors are either local members with the relevant expertise or nationally known leaders in their fields. We are always happy to consider requests for workshops in a particular subject.

We hold an Annual General Meeting in January when we have a talk followed by a ‘bring and buy’ sale of items over tea and cake, which is a pleasant social occasion.  We also organise a visit to a library or other place of interest in the summer.

In 2019 we were able to offer a regional bursary for a student to attend the Conference, thanks to generous donations from the families of deceased members. We are happy to consider applicants resident in the region for similar bursaries in the future.

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Officers

Ian Nilo Walton

Secretary

William Moodie

Frank Hippman Library

Pippa Smith

Acting Events Organiser

Mary Carns

Acting Treasurer

Events

Workshops

Please note:

  • The workshop fee is currently £20 for SoB members (£30 for non-members).
  • Students and under-25s pay £10.
  • Materials costs are payable to the tutor on the day.
  • Participants must contact the Meetings Secretary beforehand as places are limited.

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Artist Book Group

online via Zoom

Malcolm Raggett will host some informal meetings focusing broadly on book arts and particularly artist books. These meetings will be online via Zoom. Members can book with ls.meetings@societyofbookbinders.com. The sessions...

An Introduction to Islamic Bindings

George Bayntun Manvers Street
Bath, Bath BA1 1JW United Kingdom

This workshop will introduce the Islamic binding structure. Participants will make a model of an Islamic book, drawing on structural features from historic exemplars. Twined chevron-patterned endbands will be sewn, and various decoration techniques will be used...

Beginning Tooling

Dragon Press Bindery Dragon Press Bindery
Highworth, Swindon SN6 7PP United Kingdom

This workshop will teach participants the fundamental techniques of hand tooling on leather. Suitable for those with no experience, it also offers a thorough refresher course for anyone wanting to...

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