The light and airy studio at Dillington has all the tools and equipment needed for binding books in the traditional manner. On this general bookbinding course participants may pursue their own rebinding or repair projects at their own pace under the guidance of our expert tutor, rather than following a particular programme.
However, there will be an optional focus on Quarter-leather binding. Leather binding requires a more complex structure than the case-binding, and you will learn about sewing on cords (or tapes), ‘made’ endpapers, lacing-in boards, stitched headbands, and how to cover a spine in leather.
This focus is not suitable for complete beginners, but if you are new to bookbinding the tutor can accommodate you on the course, and will take you through the early stages of case-binding so you will have a good grounding in basic techniques.
Angela Sutton first learnt bookbinding with Ian Ross at the former Oxford Polytechnic, and then studied archive conservation and repair as well as bookbinding at the Camberwell School of Art and Craft. She taught the recreational course at Malvern Hills College for 15 years, and now teaches regularly at Dillington and elsewhere. She published Bookbinding in Pictures, a beginner’s guide to bookbinding, in 2015.
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
This residential course includes tuition, full board and accommodation, plus travel and admission for field trips where applicable, unless stated otherwise.
Courses starting with dinner include an evening session which will run from approximately 8.30pm - 9.30pm. Most weekend and short courses include one free session each full day - this will either be after lunch or after dinner dependent on the course content. Daily sessions for weekend and short courses usually begin at 9.30am.
5 days (12:00pm to 2:00pm)
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