DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops
Tooling with Real Gold Foil: an alternative approach
Tutor: Dominic Riley
Over the past few years Dominic has been experimenting with alternative ways of working with gold using his adapted tool which allows for a free-form approach to design. In this workshop, we will execute a gold-tooled leather panel using the various techniques Dominic uses in his design binding work. We will begin by making our own free-form tool, made from brass – shaping the brass using files and sandpaper, and inserting the tool into a new handle.
Then we will sketch out a drawing for the panel and modify it until it becomes a concrete design (participants will be asked to come to the workshop with a few design ideas which will be worked up into a finished drawing). Dominic will demonstrate how to take the design and transfer it to card templates which are then used to tool the design onto the leather. He will lead participants step-by-step though the process of tooling each part of the design, using real gold foil. In addition to the card templates, other useful jigs are used to help execute the technique, which ensure accuracy as the completed design takes shape.
Dominic Riley has created over seventy design bindings so far, many using his adapted tool. He has won fifteen prizes in that time, including both first prizes and the Mansfield medal in the DB competition in 2007 and first prize in the second International Competition in 2013. His other time is spent restoring antiquarian books, lecturing for NADFAS, teaching, and organizing the SoB training Seminar. He spends part of the year in California, teaching summer school with Michael Burke at the San Francisco Center for the Book. He is also co-founder, with Clare Prince, of this series of workshops.