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Reversible Carton Binding

Katinka Keus • February 20th - 22nd • Woodborough • £280

This workshop examines two basic techniques for moderate size books using carton as the basic covering material. The carton, or Zaansch bord is from the only windmill in the Netherlands producing this material. It is unsized and provides a suitable surface for colourful paste decoration with which the course begins.

The binding techniques include folding,  making endleaves,  sewing and preparing the cover. Lacing in the cover is a key feature of this technique and all the processes are totally reversible.

Katinka developed this method specifically for historic material which requires a stable and lasting structure but which at a later date be can reviewed for a more expensive restoration treatment. It is economic, relatively quick and strong.

Basic bookbinding skills required.

Split Spine Binding

Kylin Lee Acherman March25th - 27th • Woodborough • £280

Set aside your traditional notion of a bound book and start from a different perspective: what is a codex is and how should it function? How should the structure work in order to best integrate with, and present your content? During this workshop students explore some new approaches to building book structures that have emerged as answers to these questions.

Participants will build a “Split Spine” case that provides increased flexibility and allows for the optimal opening of a book as well as adding a beautiful architectural element. Kylin will present various ways to create an articulated spine that can be adapted to codex structures and will show different methods of attaching the text-block to the case. She also challenges conventional sewing methods by incorporating non-traditionsl materials as structural elements in a binding.

The aim of the workshop is not only to build models of a variety of innovative book structures but also to think about the mechanics of the book in a new way. Be prepared for 3 days full of new ideas and experimentation.

BookbInding experience required.

Leather Collage

Sün Evrard May 17th - 20th • Woodborough • £350

Sün Evrard returns to BINDING re:DEFINED and will conduct a four-day workshop demonstrating her unique method of leather collage. She assembles tiny pieces of leather to use as inlays, onlays and covering material. The collaged leather can also be combined with paper and fabric to create subtle and unusual textures.

Sün uses this technique on all types of bindings - traditional, flexible, and the unconventional, all to great effect. Even the paper sides of a half binding can be enriched by the addition of collage to turn it into a full leather binding.

Participants will prepare a number of sample panels before using the techinque on a binding of their own. Sün’s careful and methodical tutoring will ensure that everyone leaves with a full understanding of this process and the ability to use it on their own in the future.

The Pompidou

Lori Sauer June 14th - 15th • Woodborough • £160

This elegant and unusual binding begins with a text-block that has vellum extensions sewn to the outside sections. These extensions are cut into straps that fold back on themselves and alternately interweave, tucking into slits on the opposite cover. The boards can be covered in a variety of ways that reflect the geometry of the structure and a special allowance is made in their construction to allow for the free movement of the vellum straps in the slits. The vellum spine, which doubles as a hollow, is a decorative and structural feature of the Pompidou (named for its external features) and the results are a very strong, solid book with many opportunities for the introduction of subtle and imaginative design.

Bookbinding experience required.

The Power of Magnets 

Nadine Werner • September 30th - October 2nd • Woodborough • £280

In this workshop students will discover the mysterious and fascinating power of magnets and how to use them as closures on books, boxes and folders. Participants will learn to process neodymium magnets and magnetic foil visibly and invisibly. They will also have the opportunity to implement their own ideas with Nadine’s help.

Nadine is an expert in this field and uses magnets extensively in her own work as well as in commercial product design. This is her first time teaching in the UK and is an opportunity not to be missed.

The images below show examples of an invisible magnetic box hinge and visible round magnets used on a folder.

Bookbinding experience required.

The Stub

Lori Sauer • October 18th - 19th • Woodborough • £160

Stub binding has been around for many centuries. It involves attaching a narrow strip of paper, either by sewing or pasting, to the spine fold of a section and then using this new extension of paper, or stub, as the spine of the book. Its mechanics are particularly good for books where the gutter margin is too narrow, or the sections are too thick for conventional rounding or backing. The stubs form an inert spine from which the text pages flow freely. It is perfect for albums, pamphlets and texts with double-page spread illustrations where sewing down the centre fold should be avoided.

Participants will make models that display a wide range of stub variations. If time allows a final ‘book’ will be made incorporating techniques learned.

Binders working in all areas will find this structure invaluable and be amazed at its contemporary applications.

Novice bookbinders are welcome.