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Bookbinding Summer Workshop: Intermediate

Thursday 13 June 2019
13:00 - 15:00
10 Hours / 5 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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Course description

This is a workshop class for students who have had some experience in bookbinding.  You can practise simple procedures from binding paperbacks and journals to the more skilled art of leather binding and gold leaf tooling. You'll be able to make leather or cloth bound books with gold leaf and restore old books or family heirlooms, with expertise on hand to help you improve.

Entry requirements

Some experience necessary, an interest in books and an open and creative mind is useful, as well as basic Maths and Literacy.

What you will learn

The fascinating and ancient craft of hand bookbinding and restoration. Learn simple procedures from paper backs and journals leading to the more skilled art of leather binding and gold leaf tooling. Students will be able to make leather or cloth bound books with gold leaf and restore old books or family heirlooms. A practical workshop in Bookbinding, catering for all levels from beginner to experienced Bookbinder. Advice on the artistic development in bookbinding that individuals can achieve. The course is an introduction to a variety of traditional and non-traditional Bookbinding techniques. The course will cover the use of tools and equipment to make simple book structures and assist students with their creative ideas for making books. The course will also cover basic book repair and maintenance.

How you will learn on this course

A friendly relaxed workshop atmosphere exists in the class and students can work at their own pace. Demonstrations and presentations will be offered on a regular basis. The tutor will be available each session to support individuals’ projects where necessary.

How you will be assessed on this course

By the end of the course students will know how: 1. To safely & effectively use hand tools such as craft knife, scalpel, bone folder. 2. To safely & effectively use machine tools such as guillotine, board chopper, nipping press. 3. To make simple single section sewn booklet with paper cover. 4. To test paper & cloth and ascertain grain direction. 5. To measure & cut cloth. 6. To cover two pieces grey board with book cloth & paste. 7. To paste in (‘tip in’) endpapers. 8. To make a hard-backed case with flat board spine. 9. To clean old books with a soft brush & ‘putty’ eraser. 10.To carefully strip cover off of a paperback book. 11. To measure & cut-out out boards (front, back & spine) to fit paperback. 12. To measure, cut-out & paste book cloth. 13. To measure, cut & fold endpapers. 14. To make paper & cord endbands. 15. To fold sections of paper to produce a multi-section textblock. 16. To make holes in sections using template. 17. To recognise different types of stitching. 18. To do basic multi-section stitching. 19. To add ‘Kettle stitches’ to secure textblock. 20. To repair paper tears with Lens/Japanese Tissue. 21. To recognize terms & techniques re sizing (Quarto, Octavo etc.). 22. To make soft (leather) cover book by sewing cover onto multi-section text block using thin cord. 23. To ‘perfect’ bind paperbacks & notebooks. 24. To round & back multi-section text block. 25. To prepare hollow spine using Kraft paper. 26. To choose leather, recognising grain direction. 27. To use different tools to ‘pare’/thin leather. 28. To pare & apply leather covers. 29. To pare & apply leather spine & corners. 30. To pare & apply leather labels. 31. To use Gold tooling & finishing equipment using gold foil.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

Not applicable.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Students will be expected to keep note of possible ideas for making their own books. Students will also be expected to source their own content for books such as fancy papers, trimmings, ribbons, ephemera, photos etc. Students may wish to continue some tasks at home, such as folding and/or stitching between lessons.

What you need for your course

Students will need to purchase simple tools: bone (or Teflon) folder, craft knife & metal ruler. A contribution of £5-£10 per student will be required for consumables (e.g. Glue, paste, board, paper). Book lists and suppliers details will be provided by the tutor. Examples of useful books on the subject of Bookbinding/Book Arts will be available to look at in class throughout the course.

What you need to bring to the first class

1. Students should bring scissors. 2. Pencil. 3. Notebook. Most equipment required will be available at the class. Materials and small tools can be purchased from the tutor.

What you can do next

Enrol on our range of Craft courses or continue with Bookbinding from September.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking