Designer Bookbinders Masterclasses 2016

The 2017 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 1-2, 2017
Hannah Brown: ‘Embroidered Leather Techniques for Fine Bindings’

You can add very attractive surface decoration to your bindings by using simple embroidery techniques alongside leather onlays. On day 1 students will learn a variety of embroidery stitches which will be used to build up a design of their choice which on day 2 will be made into a limp, multi-section, leather-bound notebook.

Hannah Brown graduated with a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Crafts from Brighton University in 2004. She quickly established herself as one of the UK's most prominent fine binders after winning first prize in the Designer Bookbinders competition in 2008. Due to her crafts background she is keen to incorporate alternative skills into her work including metalwork, textiles, printmaking and woodwork.

Cost: £200.00
Materials: TBA


May 27-28, 2017
Nicky Oliver: ‘Leather Dyeing Techniques for Design Bindings’

Dyeing your own leather can be an extremely creative process, enabling the binder to produce beautiful and unique covers for their design bindings. Working on natural leather, or, ‘mini blank canvases’, this workshop will be a mixture of short demonstrations and hands-on experimenting using a selection of different dyes, exploring each of their uses and limitations.

Nicky Oliver spent 7 years at art college and discovered bookbinding in 1996 while studying for a degree in illustration. She has over 10 years' experience working in commercial binderies and, in 2009, launched ‘Black Fox Bindery’, an independent bookbinding studio in North London. She was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2016.

Cost: £200.00
Materials: TBA


July 22-23, 2017
Sol Rebora: 'Flexible Leather Link Structure’

*Bookings for this Masterclass must be made before June 10th*

This innovative binding uses a tabbed link structure, enabling up to 3 books to be joined together. The technique can be used with books of different size and is reversible, allowing the individual books to be separated as stand-alone bindings. This Masterclass will take students through the process of creating two flexible leather bindings and will include design elements using onlays of leather and Japanese paper.

Sol Rebora has over 20 years experience in fine booking, having trained in Canada, USA, France and Switzerland. Since 1999, she has practiced and taught design bookbinding from her studio (Estudio Rebora) in Buenos Aires. She has won multiple awards for her work, the most recent being 1st prize in the 'Set' category of the American Academy of Bookbinding's 2016 'OPEN-SET' competition. Examples of her work are held in many private and public collections.

Cost: £200.00

Materials: TBA


November 25-26, 2017
Mark Cockram: ‘Breaking and making the rules: Decorative techniques for the creative bookbinder and book artist’

This 2-day Master class will introduce participants to creative and decorative techniques in mixed media, concentrating on paper and surface decoration.

Mark Cockram
is a full-time contemporary book artist and teacher working mainly from his studio 'Studio 5' in London. His work is in public and private collections worldwide including the National Library of Congress and the National Art Library (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Cost: £200.00
Materials: TBA




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