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Contemporary Paper Conservation Binding

Tutor: Cathy Abbott
Dates: 9 - 10 May 2020
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: London
Fee: GBP185.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

On this two-day course, you will learn how to make two paper-covered conservation bindings. The first will be a 'Clip-on-cover Binding' on a blank book. This structure is fully reversible, opens completely flat and is perfect for making at home with limited tools or equipment. The cover literally clips on to a primary wrapper, so that if it gets dirty or damaged, you can simply replace it with no intervention on the text-block.

The second structure is the 'Polo Binding'. This simple, non-adhesive structure is perfect for when you have a book that does not have a cover nor needs re-sewing. We will sew a blank book with an unsupported link stitch and then attach a cover using a secondary sewing over leather rings.

Variations in the basic technique and materials can be used - the possibilities are endless!

Kathy Abbott served a 4-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, London (UK) followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, Surrey (UK). She teaches advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts bookbinding workshops across the UK and overseas.

She is a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge, a founder member of the group: Tomorrow's Past, and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.





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