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.)

LEATHER BINDING – 25 & 26 NOV 2017 FULLY BOOKED

HOLIDAY BOOKBINDING FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS – 20 JAN 2018

SIMPLIFIED BINDING – 17 FEB 2018

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

LEATHER BINDING – 25 & 26 NOV 2017 THIS WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED

TUTOR: Isabelle Ting McGowan
DATES: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2017
TIME: 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
COST: Members $210; Non-members $220. Includes all materials plus sheets for sewing.
CODE: IM2511

This is an intensive workshop which will teach Fine Binding techniques. Participants will complete a bound book through a series of progressive steps, designed to provide a good working knowledge of traditional bookbinding materials and methods.

Participants will complete a half-binding, with leather spine and corners and paper or cloth sides. This style has the same basic structure as most Western books produced from the 1400s up until the start of mass-produced cased books.

The focus will be on preparation of the book for the application of leather, including sewing on tapes, rounding and backing and using a leather paring knife. The workshop also includes instruction on tool preparation.

With this workshop you will start to advance your skills into the area of ‘fine’ binding. This is a great opportunity to start your leather binding journey under the guidance of an experienced and expert tutor. Trained in Florence, bookbinder Isabelle Ting McGowan has been teaching bookbinding classes at all levels since 2007. Through her bindery, Owl & Lion, based in Scotland, she worked for the public sector and private clients throughout the UK and Europe before bringing her practice back to her hometown of Sydney in 2017.

 

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.

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