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)

April 14-15, 2018
Rachel Ward-Sale: 'Endpapers'

During this two-day practical workshop students will learn about different types of endpapers and their applications. There will be the opportunity to try several of the styles, with and without leather joints. We will also cover some techniques for decorating endpapers and students may bring papers to experiment with.

Rachel trained at Brighton Polytechnic with David Sellars and Faith Shannon before starting her own business in 1982. In 1992 she co-founded Bookbinders of Lewes specialising in general bookbinding and repairs. She was elected a Fellow of DB in 2005 and has won awards in DB and SOB competitions.

Cost: £200.00
Materials: TBA


May 19-20, 2018
Lori Sauer: 'The Visual Language of Bookbinding'

Whenever we, as bookbinders, begin work on a new design binding there are a myriad of decisions to make. A text prompts questions about colour, materials and structure; which combinations of visual and physical elements, suitable to that text, are appropriate and why?

Half seminar and half hands-on, the class will take an in-depth look at how creating visual narratives can be mapped and approached. Exercises designed to hone and stimulate ideas form the basis for later discussion.

Students will gain a better understanding of how to channel their vision into intelligent and positive results.

Lori is a self-employed binder living and working in Wiltshire. She is the founder of BINDING re:DEFINED, a programme of workshops focused on contemporary book structures. She is also the current President of Designer Bookbinders.

Cost: £200.00
Materials: TBA


June 16-17, 2018
Julian Thomas: 'Edge Gilding'

The workshop will begin with a demonstration of edge gilding. Students will then be taught in detail how to gild both a deckled and a solid edge. Preparation of albumen glair, gilding boards and sharpening of the scrapers required to prepare your edge will also be taught.

Julian began an apprenticeship in bookbinding at the National Library of Wales in 1969, where he became Head of Binding and Conservation in 2004 and later Manager of the Conservation Treatment Unit. He has been a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders since 1996. In retirement he undertakes book and paper conservation and design bindings. He was awarded an MBE for services to Bookbinding and Conservation Science in 2015.

Cost: £200.00

Materials: £5.00



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