This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further.
Students will rebind a hard-back book in the case-binding style and can continue to practise this or go on to learn the more complex construction of a book covered in leather. More advanced students may bring a selection of books to either rebind or repair. However, beginners can also be accommodated on this course, and will learn about folding, sewing and making a case-bound book. If students wish to they may study a special subject during the week.
This time the focus will be on ‘loose leaf bindings’. These are books where the section backs have been cut off leaving the pages loose, or books made up of loose sheets; these may be paperback books, reports, minutes of meetings, print-outs of information, or theses, and they need to be treated differently from conventional books. Pages can be attached by the sawn-in method, or by over sewing, and are then backed and case-bound.
Angela Sutton first learnt bookbinding in evening classes with Ian Ross at the former Oxford Polytechnic, and then went to the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts to study archive preservation and repair. She works as a freelance bookbinder specialising in restoration and preservation, and is an established teacher validated by the Society of Bookbinders. She taught the weekly recreational course at the Malvern Hills College (the local adult education institution) for many years, and now runs local workshops as well as giving tuition in her own bindery and teaching regularly at Dillington. Her textbook ‘Bookbinding in Pictures’ , a book (or CD) of bookbinding instructions for beginners, sells widely in many countries. Angela is Chairman of the Birmingham and Central region of the Society of Bookbinders.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
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.