Designer Bookbinders Masterclasses 2018

The 2018 Season of DB Masterclasses is now available for booking. Each Masterclass will be held at the St Bride Bindery in Central London with a maximum class size of only 6 students, so early booking is recommended.

Payment can be made by cheque or Debit/Credit card.
To book places please contact Wendy Hood.
E: secretary@designerbookbinders.org.uk
T: 01225 342793

For further information contact Tom McEwan.

Terms & conditions (PDF)


September 29-30, 2018
Dominic Riley - 'Knife Sharpening, Leather Paring and Covering'

This workshop will focus on several techniques for working with leather. First we will look at knife sharpening, comparing different approaches. Then we will practice paring leather using the machine, the spoke shave and the knife. We will produce thinly pared strips useful for joints and onlays, thin down a large piece of leather, and edge pare the turn-ins for a cover. We will finish by covering a panel, concentrating on accurate edges and neat corners.

Dominic specialises in restoration and Design Binding. He was elected Fellow of DB in 2008 and in 2013 won first prize in the International Bookbinding competition. He teaches widely, both in the UK, across Europe, in Australia and New Zealand, and each summer in the USA. He co-founded the bookbinding program at the San Francisco Center for the Book, the SoB/DB joint workshops, and the SoB Seminar. He currently serves as president of the Society of Bookbinders.

Cost: £200.00

Materials cost: TBA


October 20-21, 2018
Andrew Brown - 'Decorative and Creative Leatherworking'

Leather is a fantastic medium for creative expression and its qualities of subtle and ostentatious manipulation are boundless. In this Masterclass, we will sharpen our paring knives, make sure we have plenty of spare No.10A Swann-Morton scalpel blades, a Brockman/Scharf-Fix machine to the ready, spirit dyes and paste and plenty of sandpaper of variable grit - and determination. Please bring enthusiastic experimentation and excitement.

Andrew serendipitously discovered bookbinding in 1989 and endured a protracted apprenticeship with Paul Delrue throughout the 90's, which was as enlightening as it was ridiculous. After 16yrs of self-employment as Artisan Bindery, he now works for a commercial bookbinders, Deanprint in Stockport. Andrew has won most of the DB annual competition prizes (apart from the Elizabeth Greenhill and Ash Lettering awards), and has design bindings in private and public collections worldwide.

Cost: £200.00

Materials cost: TBA


November 10-11, 2018
Midori Kunikata-Cockram - 'Hako Chitsu (box Case)'

During this Masterclass students will make the traditional Japanese hinged box case. This style of box provides ideal storage for various sizes and shapes of books and papers. The basic construction is a wrap-around enclosure with a 4 sided box and it contains a lift out tray. Once students learn this style of box making, the method can be adapted to wrap-around case making.

Midori was born in Tokyo and has lived in the UK since 1996. She graduated from the BA Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo and Guildford College of Technology where she studied fine Bookbinding and Conservation. She opened the 'Jade Bookbinding Studio', London, in 1997, where she provides private tuition and works on commissioned and personal projects. Midori was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2007.

Cost: £200.00

Materials cost: TBA  


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