Bookbinding – decorative and dyed papers

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Come and explore the glorious effects produced by dyeing, crumpling, colouring, manipulating, cutting, rearranging and weaving paper to create unique decorative sheets for use in bookbinding and other crafts. We’ll spend time seeing how spirit and water based dyes can be used, layering and overlaying colour and texture, and experiment with Paste-papers, progressing to repeating patterns successfully. We will look at ways of using our created papers for bookbinding.

This course is suitable for all levels, no experience necessary, just a sense of adventure!

This course would be suitable for anyone interested in creating decorative papers for use in bookbinding, crafts or as standalone unique pieces, who enjoys experimenting and playing with colour, form and texture and doesn’t mind getting messy!

Tutor Information
Nesta Davies lives in Dorset and runs her own studio, Leafwork. Teaching has always been an important part of her work and she enjoys it immensely.  She wrote and taught City & Guilds Bookbinding for some years at City Lit, London and was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder from 2001 – 2012. She is currently joint organiser of DB/SoB Joint Workshops. Nesta works mainly to commission in both conservation and designed binding and has work in private and both national and international collections.

Nesta works mainly to commission in both conservation and designed binding and has work in private and both national and international collections, including the British Library and the Grolier club.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The residential fee includes tuition, materials, full board, en-suite accommodation and refreshments. Non residential places also available.


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Dillington House
TA19 9DT

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2½ days (12:30pm to 4:30pm)

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