Level 2: Flat Back Case Binding
TUTOR: Monica Oppen
Sat/Sun 31 October-1 November
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
4, 11, 18, 25 November
TIME: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
COST: Members $260; Non-members $290
Maximum 8 students
Some basic previous bookbinding experience recommended
This course, the Flat Back Case Binding builds on our Fundamentals course. This flat back case binding has its roots in the German binding tradition.
The alchemy of bookbinding begins with sewing the bookblock. So we will be focusing on sewing. Using two different sewing styles we will sew four bookblocks.
We will finish binding two of the bookblocks into flat back case bound books, one with a book cloth cover, the other with a decorated paper cover. A choice of covering book cloth and papers will be available.
The second pair of bookblocks will be partially finished, leaving the sewing and spine coverings visible as a memory aid for future binding projects.
We will also be making a soft edged slipcase.
The tutor will demonstrate various techniques, including:
• glueing out
• accurate measuring and cutting of card, paper etc.
• bookblock sewing
• use of the board cutter
• use of the guillotine
The importance of paper grain will be revised.
Binding materials will be provided. You may bring your own usual small tool kit. However the bindery has a full range of tools and take home tool kits will also be available for sale.
Tools will be provided. The bindery is full 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 15 years.