DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops
Bookbinding According to Diderot
Tutor: Abigail Bainbridge
Mid- to late-18th century France is marked by the appearance of descriptions of the art of bookbinding, giving for the first-time a thorough (if not always specific or accurate) description of the previously guarded trade secret. The style of the time was so prescriptive that the average binding is recognizable immediately: full brown calf, often sprinkled or with tree marbling, raised bands, panels tooled in gilt with centrepieces, corners, and stars, solid red or perhaps marbled blue edges, single core front bead endbands, French curl endpapers. Features less visible are the particular lacing patterns, parchment spine linings, and edges cut in boards. In this busy two day workshop we will bind a text of a manual describing this 18th century style using the techniques set forth, thus replicating this distinguished style. Participants will get an in depth look at the contemporary sources and the bindings themselves, and come away with a thorough understanding of this notable binding style in the context of its time.
Abigail Bainbridge is a book & paper conservator and co-owner of Bainbridge Conservation in London. She is the conservation science lecturer for the MA in book & paper conservation program at Camberwell College of Arts and is Associate Tutor in the book conservation department (MA, PGDip, GDip) at West Dean College. She regularly teaches at the London Centre for Book Arts and Women's Studio Workshop (US) and has taught other bookbinding, printing, and papermaking workshops around the US and UK.