A regular programme of workshops and events is held throughout the year. Workshops are in small groups of around four people, and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Workshops are held at the studio in Oxfordshire and run from 9:30 to 4:30. Tea/coffee, handouts and materials are included unless otherwise specified.
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Upcoming workshops for 2017:
Fasciculing, 20th May, £95. Tutor: Arthur Green. The fascicule is a scrap-book style storage system devised for loose single-sheet items of dissimilar size, material and format. It is suitable for archival collections where letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, other ephemera and even small pamphlets can be can be housed securely. It reduces handling and enables a more minimal approach to repair. This course will show you how to make best use of this storage system, with practical demonstrations of guarding, and advice on how to deal with challenging and irregular items. Suitable for professional and student book and paper conservators.
Springback binding, 26th – 30th June (5 days), £475. Tutor: Arthur Green. Patented in 1799 by John & Joseph Williams the springback soon became a popular style of stationery binding because of its robust covers and ability to open flat. They survive in vast numbers in our libraries and archives, however few are familiar with how they are bound. On this five day course you will learn all of the operations that go into making this unique binding, from folding sheets and sewing the text-block, to making the spring and lever, and then on to the split-boards and finally covering. With step-by-step guidance this workshop is suitable for all abilities. Arthur has published a number of articles on the subject: see ‘Publications’ tab.
Parchment Repair, 16th September, £95 (+£25 materials fee). Tutor: Arthur Green. This is a repeat of the popular workshop first run in November 2016. Aimed at professional and student book and paper conservators, it is a practical day looking at conservation techniques used to repair parchment. The workshop will concentrate on parchment repairs using new repair-parchment and gelatine based adhesives. The day will include the selection and preparation of repair-parchment and the preparation of two adhesives: warm liquid gelatine and a cold gelatine mousse. Some practical techniques used to apply repairs will also be covered.
Stub binding, 7th – 8th October (2 days), £190. Tutor: Arthur Green. The stub binding was a popular binding style in the 19th century, for use on photograph albums and for binding maps. This versatile binding is still popular today and lends its self equally well to artists books, photographs albums, guest books and for housing single-sheet archival material. On the first day of the workshop you will learn how to fold and sew the sections and on day two you will make and decorate the covers. Suitable for all abilities.
Introduction to bookbinding, 28th October, £95. Tutor: Arthur Green. A fun and informative day which will introduce the subject of bookbinding including tools & materials, terminology and a bit of the history too. You will get to make a simple single-section binding and have a go at hand printing a label. Suitable for all levels with no prior experience required.