DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops
An Introduction to Islamic Bindings
Tutor: Kristine Rose-Beers
This workshop will introduce the Islamic binding structure. Participants will make a model of an Islamic book, drawing on structural features from historic exemplars. Twined chevron-patterned endbands will be sewn, and various decoration techniques will be used to ornament the covers, including the application of gold.
Participants will look at the development and transmission of both structural and decorative features from Islamic to European binding traditions, and compare different structural elements such as cover-to-text-block attachment, types of board composition, the choice of text-block material, and the effect of each of these elements on the overall structure of the book.
Some experience of bookbinding would be useful. All materials can be supplied at cost and participants will need to bring basic bookbinding tools.
Kristine Rose-Beers ACR is Head of Conservation at the Chester Beatty in Dublin, Ireland, and an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON). She graduated from the Conservation programme at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2002 before beginning work at Cambridge University Library, where her fascination with Islamic manuscript material was cemented. In 2008 Kristine moved to Ireland to work at the Chester Beatty as book conservator for the Turkish collection, and in 2011 she was appointed Assistant Keeper (Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. After four years in Cambridge, Kristine’s passion for the unique Chester Beatty collections brought her back to Dublin.
Kristine has taught and lectured internationally and is a regular tutor at the Montefiascone Project in Italy. She is also a member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI) and a member of the Board of Directors of The Islamic Manuscript Association (TIMA).