Workshops

The NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders offers a range of workshops to extend the techniques and expertise of its members. Non-members are also welcome.

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CURRENT WORKSHOPS ON OFFER

(Click on the selected event below for details. To enrol, please see our ENROLMENT FORM.)

HAND-SEWN HEADBANDS – 19 AUG 2017

A BOOK WITH TEXT AND IMAGES – 2 & 16 SEPT 2017

JAPANESE BINDINGS – 16 SEPT 2017

DELUXE CLAMSHELL BOX WITH DROP BACK, FELT-LINED AND WITH A GILT-TOOLED LEATHER LABEL – 30 SEPT & 1 OCT 2017

POP-UP BOOK: ARCHITECTURAL IMAGES – 4 NOV 2017

Beginners’ Classes are also held in conjunction with the Sydney Community College. For further details, please see THE BINDERY.

HAND-SEWN HEADBANDS – 19 AUG 2017
TUTOR: Ted Chapman
DATES: Saturday 19 August 2017
TIME: 9.45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
COST: Members $85; Non-members $95. Includes all materials.
CODE: TC1908

Hand-sewn headbands add that extra touch to a leather-bound book. While they are partly ornamental, they also have a structural purpose, as they fill the gap between the bookblock and the headcap, the small area of leather turned over at the head and tail.

In this workshop, under Ted Chapman’s expert tuition, you will learn how to create various types of headband cores, sew single and double bands, and create variations to the standard model.

Sewing handbands does require practice, but by the end of this workshop, participants should be able to produce a respectable example. Bookblocks will be provided for practice, but participants are welcome to bring their own books to work on. Book text should be sewn, and rounded and backed if applicable, but the spines should not be lined. All materials provided.

A BOOK WITH TEXT AND IMAGES – 2 & 16 SEPT 2017
TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 2 and Saturday 16 September 2017
TIME: 9.45 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
COST: Members $180; Non-members $190. Includes all materials.
CODE: JR0209

The aim of this workshop is to create a complete book with both text and images. On Day One you will be introduced to the monoprint technique to create ten images on a theme of your choice, e.g. My Ideal Garden; My Favourite City; My Home; or images that illustrate a favourite poem.

On Day Two you will add appropriate text and bind the pages into a book using the Japanese Yamato technique.

On booking, please email the tutor (jeanriley8@gmail.com) and you will be sent comprehensive instructions about how to prepare your images for printing. All materials and tools will be provided as well as a bookplate to indicate ownership of the finished book.

JAPANESE BINDINGS – 16 SEPT 2017
TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 16 September 2017
TIME: 9.45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
COST: Members $95; Non-members $105. Includes all materials.
CODE: JR1609

For those who do not wish to partake of the first day of the previous workshop (2 September), you are welcome to attend on the above date to explore a range of attractive Japanese bindings.

Participants will first be shown how to back fabric with Japanese rice paper for use as bookcloth. You will then complete a sample pack of decorative Japanese spine sewings, housed in a simple case for future reference (See image below). Finally, the comprehensive notes that you will be given, will be bound in a Yamato binding using Japanese fabrics from Edo Arts in Terrey Hills.

DELUXE CLAMSHELL BOX WITH DROP BACK, FELT-LINED AND WITH A GILT-TOOLED LEATHER LABEL – 30 SEPT & 1 OCT 2017
TUTOR: John Turner
DATES: Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 October 2017
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
COST: Members $180; Non-members $200. Includes all materials for box and gold tooling.
CODE: JT3009

Box-making is an important part of a bookbinder’s craft. Boxes can be made to house valuable or treasured books and other objects, and can also serve as a protective alternative to repair and restoration.

In this workshop, participants will complete a box, custom made, to fit a book or object of their choice. The box will be covered in buckram, lined with felt and have a leather label titled and tooled in gilt.

Participants may bring along a book or other object, no more than A4 in area, to fit their box.

POP-UP BOOK: ARCHITECTURAL IMAGES – 4 NOV 2017
TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 4 November 2017
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
COST: Members $95; Non-members $105. Includes all materials.
CODE: JR0411

In this workshop, which may test your dexterity, you will create a pop-up book of ten architectural structures from a simple staircase to a Federation house and a castle with moat (see illustrations). Both adults and children will enjoy the pop-up structures. You will also be given further designs to complete another pop-up book at your leisure.

All materials and designs will be provided. Please bring a bone folder, ruler and scalpel or other cutting instrument.

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