DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops



Gold Foil Tooling

Photograph Album

Surface Application Techniques

Strapped-on Case


Mastering Miniatures


Mastering Miniatures

Tutor: Nesta Davies
Dates: 30 June - 1 July 2018
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Beechingstoke, Pewsey
Fee: GBP150.00 (plus GBP10.00 materials payable on the day)

Discover the potential of 3 inches (76mm) or less!

On this exploratory weekend we’ll look at the history of miniature books from earliest examples  to contemporary collections, gathering both information and inspiration.  We’ll consider what tools might be best for working small and how we can adapt techniques. We’ll think about materials and what they are being asked to do within a miniature binding, and play with structures to find solutions for our ideas.

Whether you’d like to make a traditionally-bound miniature complete with gold tooling and silk doublures, create an individual artists’ book or just experiment with working on a small scale, this weekend will help you try out techniques and develop ideas  while you make your own miniature masterpiece.

Nesta Davies studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing (now Communication) and City Lit, London. She is a self-employed bookbinder, conservator and teacher and runs her own studio, Leafwork. She moved to Dorset in 2013 and has a garden studio where she teaches courses and looks at the view.  She has taught widely, for many years at City Lit, where she is also bookbinding and calligraphy tutor coordinator. From 2001 – 2012 she was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder. She has books in collections in the UK and abroad (including the Neale Albert collection of miniature bindings).





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