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.)

HOLIDAY BOOKBINDING FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS – 20 JAN 2018

SIMPLIFIED BINDING – 17 FEB 2018

TRADITIONAL FINE BINDING – 3-4 MAR 2018

EXPOSED SPINE SEWN BOOK INCORPORATING COPTIC & FRENCH WEAVE – 17 MAR 2018

CREATIVE BOX MAKING – 21 APR 2018

TURKISH WATERCOLOUR MARBLING – 5-6 MAY 2018

GOLD TOOLING ON BOOK COVERS USING REAL GOLD LEAF – 19 MAY 2018

LEATHER INLAYS AND ONLAYS – 16 JUN 2018

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

HOLIDAY BOOKBINDING FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS – 20 JAN 2018

TUTOR: Mrs Margaret Scott
DATES: Saturday 20 January 2018
TIME: Half-day 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. or Full day 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Half-day $40; Full day $80. Includes all materials. Those attending the full day should bring their own lunch.
Payment may be made on the day or by cheque to Mrs Scott. Contact Mrs Scott to enrol: email trevorwill@bigpond.com or phone 9999 1934.

In this workshop students will make a range of books, starting with simple styles such as a satay book, concertina and flutter book, and progressing to more a complicated Japanese binding and section sewn book. All materials will be supplied, including a second set of materials so another book of each style can be made at home to reinforce what you have learnt.

This is a great opportunity for you to be creative, binding photographs, stories, flat objects such as feathers and pressed flowers, computer-generated information – the range is endless. Bring a sharp pencil, ruler, rubber and a drink. Class is limited to ten students.

Age range 6 – 14 years.

SIMPLIFIED BINDING – 17 FEB 2018

TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 17 February 2018
TIME: 9.45 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $100; Non-members $110. Includes all materials.
CODE: JR0217

The Simplified Binding belongs in the category of fine bindings and was developed by the French binder Sun Evrard in 1984. It differs from the traditionally rounded and backed case-binding in that the covers are attached to the outside of the rounded spine. This allows the binder to be creative and use different materials for the spine and the covers. Although the binding takes a little longer to complete than a traditional case-binding, it is well worth the time. If time permits, a slipcase will also be made to protect this precious book. All materials will be provided for both book and slipcase.

TRADITIONAL FINE BINDING – 3-4 MAR 2018

TUTOR: Isabelle Ting McGowan
DATES: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $210; Non-members $230. Includes $50 materials fee.
CODE: IM0303

This is an intensive workshop, which will teach Fine Binding techniques, including preparing a book for the application of leather to the cover. You will make a bound book through a series of progressive steps that are designed to provide good working knowledge of traditional binding, materials and techniques.

Participants will complete a half-binding with leather spine and corners and paper or cloth sides. You will focus on techniques known as rounding and backing, as well as sewing a multi-sectioned book on tapes. This style has the same basic structure as most Western books produced from the 1400s up until the start of mass-produced cased books.

In this course, working with a paring knife, you will be taught how to prepare leather for use in covering books. This will include tool preparation, paring techniques, how to trim the leather accurately and how to attach the boards and the paper cover. All materials will be supplied. NOTE: Maximum capacity 8 students.

EXPOSED SPINE SEWN BOOK INCORPORATING COPTIC & FRENCH WEAVE – 17 MAR 2018

TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 17 March 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $100; Non-members $110. Includes all materials.
CODE: JR0317

As a binder very committed to exposed spine-sewn books, I devised this book by incorporating the traditional French weave sewing, which I always use to sew sections for a traditional case-binding, with Coptic sewing. Use of the French weave allows the binder to incorporate decorative tape or ribbon in the outside of the spine and covers. A slip cover will also be made on the day to house and protect the book. All materials supplied.

CREATIVE BOX MAKING – 21 APR 2018

TUTOR: Isabelle Ting McGowan
DATES: Saturday 21 April 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $105; Non-members $115. Includes all materials.
CODE: IM0421

Taking box-making beyond the basics you will achieve a box structure based on traditional designs with book board and decorative paper. This workshop requires very precise measuring and cutting of board pieces to construct a multilayered box that will be covered in beautiful decorative paper. With practice, these straightforward techniques can be applied to other diverse shaped and styled boxes which will look great and can be used for anything from gift boxes to storage chests for home or office. NOTE: Maximum capacity 8 students.

TURKISH WATERCOLOUR MARBLING – 5-6 MAY 2018

TUTOR: Jean Riley
DATES: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $220; Non-members $230. Includes comprehensive notes.
CODE: JR0505

Marbling is the art of floating colours on a gelatinous size, manipulating the colours by means of rakes, combs or a stylus, and then transferring the coloured pattern to paper that has been treated with a mordant (alum) to ensure the colours adhere to the surface of the paper.

The history of marbling is a little imprecise because of the destruction of libraries and general upheaval during the Middle Ages, but it is certain that marbling occurred in Persia (called abri) in the fifteenth century and in Turkey, i.e. the Ottoman Empire (called ebru) about the same time. It had been transported from Japan along the silk route to Europe, where it enjoyed much popularity because of the book trade during the Italian Renaissance following the introduction of printing. Book production today still employs marbling.

In this workshop, using a size made from carragheen, you will have the opportunity to explore and create numerous marbled patterns from the simple get gel and nonpareil to more complex patterns such as Gothic; Fleur de Lis; American; Peacock; and Bouquet.You will also have the opportunity to create patterns in three different colour combinations.

Each student will receive a comprehensive booklet with details of materials, how to build your own marbling tray, and directions for making some 25 patterns.

Please bring 12 wire coathangers, 2 dozen plastic pegs and a plastic bucket. Lightweight disposable gloves are also advisable. On behalf of all participants I wish to thank the NSW Calligraphers for making available four marbling trays at a reasonable hiring fee.

GOLD TOOLING ON BOOK COVERS USING REAL GOLD LEAF – 19 MAY 2018

TUTOR: Ted Chapman
DATES: Saturday 19 May 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $120; Non-members $130. Includes all materials.
CODE: TC0519

In this workshop participants will learn the basics of tooling on leather using real gold leaf. This traditional method of decoration requires exacting preparation but, with practice, the results are superior to using metallic foil.

Under Ted Chapman’s expert tuition, participants will be taught how to prepare the surface of the leather with glaire and how to use a gold pad and knife. Each participant will be provided with their own leather plaquette, simulating a book cover. On this, you will build up designs using the Guild’s extensive collection of brass hand-finishing tools, fillets and rolls. You will also practise tooling lines across the spine, using a pallet, and lettering using a type holder and brass letters.

LEATHER INLAYS AND ONLAYS – 16 JUN 2018

TUTOR: Ted Chapman
DATES: Saturday 16 June 2018
TIME: 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $110; Non-members $120. Includes all materials.
CODE: TC0616

The techniques of inlaying and onlaying are used to decorate the external surface of a full-bound leather book. This decoration, using leathers of different colours from those on the main cover, can be applied to front and/or back boards, or even the spine.

In this workshop, guided by Ted Chapman, participants will learn how to pare onlay leather to extreme thinness so that, when applied, it lies close to the surface of the cover leather.

You will also learn i) how to back pieces of inlay leather so that they lie level with the rest of the cover material when inset, and ii) how to cut and bevel the edges so that the inlay and cover material are flush where they join.

Participants should bring their usual small tools, including a scalpel with a few spare blades, and a paring knife, if possible. All materials will be supplied.

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