Book/Bible Repair & Bookbinding
In Historic Chester County, Pennsylvania
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"When We make Art, the Art makes Us."
Marbling is the art of floating and designing watercolors on a base fluid then permanently transferring the design to paper. It was developed by the Persians about the 15th century. Marbled papers were used as book endpapers and covers. Participants will learn how to prepare the paper to accept the colors, mix the paints, prepare the base fluid, float and create the designs, and transfer the designs to paper. The students will take their completed papers home. Class lasts 5-6 hours. Marbling students who sign up for a bookbinding workshop are welcome to add their marbled papers to their books. $65/student. Age 8 and up, 3 minimum students, 10 maximum. Materials and equipment are included.
Bookbinding I: Introduction to Bookbinding
The students will make a blank book which they will take home. They will learn traditional hand bookbinding, using the methods that were employed from about the 1st century up to the Industrial Revolution. The students will handsew the book sections on a sewing frame, attach the cover boards, add leather or bookcloth to the spine, and cover the remainder of the cover boards in decorative paper. Class lasts 5-6 hours. $75/student. Age 14 and up, 3 minimum students, 6 maximum. Materials and equipment are included.
Bookbinding II: Advanced Bookbinding
This is an advanced class only for participants who have taken the introductory Bookbinding I workshop. The students will take home a 3/4 leather or fully leather bound book. They will learn new techniques that are not taught in the basic course such as Rounding & Backing; Headbanding; and Blind & Gold Tooling the leather. Class size is limited to 4 students, minimum 3 students, minimum age 14. $100 per student includes all materials ($85 if they bring their own book to work on, but I must pre-approve it). Class lasts 5-6 hours.
BEFORE & AFTER
The students will be taught basic book repair techniques, and in the process learn about the book's components and traditional hand bookbinding methods. They will dissect a book and reassemble it. The students will deconstruct the book by detaching the covers and spine; removing the sewing; and disassembling the text. They will then reconstruct their book by performing page repair; resewing the text; and rehinging the covers and spine. The book (you may bring your own book, but please provide me with photos at least a week in advance), materials and supplies are provided. Adults only. Class will last 6 hours. Maximum 4 students, 3 student minimum, minimum age 18. $100.00, $85 if they bring their own book, but I must pre-approve it.
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