What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the book through a series of projects designed to provide a good working knowledge of materials and techniques. You will develop skills in both the production and design of hand made books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings.
What topics will we cover?
Introduce yourself to bookbinding through a series of interesting structures. Experiment with paper folding and simple stitching to create a folded book, zigzag bindings, a piano hinge book and Japanese stab bindings.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
Make a unique hand made book involving the following:
- Understand the importance of grain direction
- Able to select and use appropriate materials
- Able to make a range of non adhesive bindings
- Able to make a single section binding
What level is the course?
How will I be taught?
Through demonstration, practical and discussion you will be taught as a group and helped individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject, and will be informed of publications and events which maybe of interest.
Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?
The bindery is equipped with most tools but you will be expected to provide your own personal hand tools. Nothing need be bought before starting the course. A list of equipment and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson. The class has some materials which may be bought. It is expected that you will increasingly provide your own as your experience and individual requirements and preferences develop. Information and advice on materials and larger pieces of equipment will always be available. You should expect to spend up to £20 to provide yourself with the basic hand tools.
What feedback will I get?
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.
Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?
Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.