Bookbinding Course (weekend) advanced - Printing Presses & Private Collectors
Saturday, 22 October 2016 at 09:30 - Sunday, 23 October 2016 at 16:00 (IST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
15th – 18th century: the book gets into the public domain - (ADVANCED, 2 day course)
The invention of the printing press - in the 15th century - and the introduction of paper, lifted the book out of its secluded monastic environment and made it accessible for a greater audience. It allowed for cheaper book production in larger quantities. The printed word spread like wildfire and fuelled the Reformation. The rediscovery of the classics in the Renaissance, brought a new self confidence to the western world: humanism. Libraries were not any longer only centres of learning but became status symbols for rich private collectors, expressed in leather bound books with lavish gold decorations.
You will learn to make an:
- Inboard half leather binding with raised bands,
- stitch on endbands
- make gold line decorations
- sewing the text block on cords
- adding endpapers and stitched on endbands
- lacing on boards, paring leather
- pasting on leather and paper covering
- adding gold and or blind decorations
When & Where
The Ox Bindery - Benjamin van de Wetering and Ineke Scholte
Benjamin is a hand bookbinder and conservator in books, paper and parchment and engaged with conservation and traditional binding. Together with his wife Ineke they have set up the conservation and fine and design studio in South County Sligo. Benjamin is an ICRI accredited conservator and works for national and local authorities and private clients. Ineke, a former teacher, creates unique craft and design books in a variety of sizes and shapes. (Piggelmeebooks). The Ox Bindery is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland
We offer three bookbinding courses from different historical periods, one beginners, one intermediate and one advanced.
New to bookbinding? Then start with our beginners course Industrial Revolution.
For the Intermediate course Merchants and Tradesmen previous experience is required.
For the advanced course Printing Presses and Private Collectors, you need to have followed one of the two other courses.
The bookbinding courses are held in the Ox Bindery set in the rural tranquility of the Ox Mountains, where participants can step away from the hustle and bustle of daily live and tiptoe back in time to recreate bindings from past periods. Lunches are included in each course and a 'Bed in Barn' self catering accommodation is available.