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An Introduction to Bookbinding

Limp Paper Binding With Wrap Around Cover.

An introduction to one of the many types of bookbinding.

You will be given step by step tuition on how to create your unique and distinctive small, hand bound book. The basic concepts of book binding will be discussed including tool usage, book binding terms and paper grain.

This attractive, tactile and flexible binding uses Nepali handmade papers with dried flower or plant insets and Tyvek for the spine.

Personalise your book by using your own choice of colour combinations used for various book elements such as endpapers and the threads used for sewing and decorating the spine. The exposed stitching on the spine lends itself to a variety of decorative applications.

By the end of the workshop you will have created a beautiful little bound book which could be used as a journal, sketch book or given as a lovely gift.

Your tutor will provide some materials such as book block paper, end pages, cover paper, tyvek and assorted threads. The cost of these is included in your course fee.

Students will be provided with a list of equipment that they will need to bring along with them.

Your tutor will bring along extra bonefolders, wide eyed needles, brushes, set squares and paints so no need to worry if you do not have any equipment. Please bring along whatever you have.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Saturday 9th March 2023
Tutor Tanja Bolenz
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3455
Fees £80
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Beginners Bookbinding With Creative Covers

An exciting new workshop making two different book bases and their covers.

Begin by creating the cover papers for your books. Learn how to use a variety mixed media – inks, stencils, paint, resists, water soluble pencils and crayons, stamps, prints etc. to create a variety of designs for possible book and pamphlet covers.

We will begin the session by using washes of colour, ink on paper and then adding further colour, stencils on top.  This is intended for students to individualise their own book covers.

These papers, when dry will then be used to make a small pamphlet book.  This is created by simple bookbinding sewing techniques.

Then we will make covers for a concertina book using students own wrapping paper, recycled prints etc. These covers will then be made into a concertina book.

Students are requested to bring their own wrapping paper, prints on paper for recycling, decorative paper that they would like to use for covers for their books.  Ideally the weight of paper should be at least 100 gsm and no thicker than 175 gsm (at least A3 in size).

Also, any media you would like to use such as acrylic paints, inks, dyes for use on paper, stamp pads or stencils. Anything that you would like to experiment with.

Tutor will supply the following;
A3 paper for students to create some covers with.
Paper for the inside leaves of the books.
Needles for sewing and bookbinding thread.
Some acrylic paints and inks.

This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 1st May 2024
Tutor Jacqui Dodds
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3419
Fees £80
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An Introduction To Paper Marbling

All you need to know to start creating beautifully hand marbled paper and stationery. Gemma will guide you through the process step by step.

You will create a number of sheets of marbled paper and a hand marbled notecard with an envelope.

Due to the nature of the marbling technique and the materials used, also factoring in the weather conditions on the day, it may take a little longer for some of your work to dry out. If your papers have not fully dried by the end of the session, these can be posted out to you for a small fee of £3 per package. This will be payable to your tutor on the day. Alternatively, you may wish to collect your work from college at a later date.

Tutor will supply all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 13th June 2024
Tutor Gemma Lawley
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3465
Fees £85
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