DATE: Saturday 17th October 2020
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
TUTOR: Monica Oppen
COST: Members $150; Non-members $180
Limited to 8 participants
Suitability: Basic bookbinding skills. If you have done the beginners course you can advance with this course.
About the course:
Not happy with the sketchbooks in art supply shops? In this one day course you will make a sketchbook which has the flexibility of a notepad but the strength and solidity of a hard cover bound, stitched book. Starting with 5 full sheets of quality art paper you will fold them down into sections and then proceed with the binding.
Materials will be supplied including 5 sheets of paper.
The selection of paper will be Canaletto Gr. Gross Bianco 160gsm, Fabriano Tiepolo Bianco 290 gsm, Fabriano Rosapina Bianco 220 gsm or Hahnemühle 230 gsm.
Tools will be provided. The bindery is fully equipped. However, students can bring their own tools. To comply with COVID-19 safety it is recommended that tools are not shared between students.
Good eye/hand coordination and good dexterity are necessary for this course as sharp knives are used in the cutting of board and paper.
You will be shown correct procedure in the use of these tools but good co-ordination will assure accurate cutting and prevention of injury.
Please wear closed in shoes.
The bindery will be open by 9am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied. There will be a lunch break of 30 minutes. There is a fully equipped kitchen adjacent to the bindery if you wish to bring your lunch, but otherwise there are cafes and markets nearby.
About the tutor:
Monica Oppen has been binding books since the 1980s. For three years she worked and trained with Daphne Lera at DS Murray Bookbinders a hand bindery in Sydney. Her entry into bookbinding was through wanting to bind books of prints she was creating. From here her passion for the alchemical nature of bookbinding has engaged her in continuing to learn and improve her skills and knowledge of bookbinding styles and techniques. She continues to work as a printmaker and bookbinder. She regularly collaborates with artists on book projects bringing to the projects the bookbinding skills that her colleagues lack. Over the years she has come to understand that bookbinding, like other hand craft skills, is an embodied skill that requires dedication and endless practice to master. She welcomes students to start on this rewarding journey. She has been a member of the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders for 15 years.