Taster day in bookbinding

Course Dates: 17/06/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Nesta Davies

Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at Build.

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Taster day in bookbinding


What is the course about?

The course is a taster session on the craft of hand bookbinding. It is ideal for anyone who would like to know more about this area and/or who might be thinking of enrolling on one of the longer courses at Build.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to some of the materials, equipment and techniques of bookbinding. We will fold, cut and sew paper to make a single section pamphlet and cut and cover boards with cloth and paper. We will look at some bookbinding websites and you will learn a little of the history of bookbinding and of contemporary binders.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify grain direction in paper
- Recognise and correctly use basic bookbinding tools and materials
- Make a single section binding using pamphlet stitch
- Explain a little about the historical development of bookbinding.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for those with little or no experience or knowledge of hand bookbinding.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

All work will be undertaken in the session. You will be taught by group demonstration, discussion, visual aids, practical tasks and individual assistance.

About your tutor:

Nesta Davies

Nesta Davies, is a long-standing member of the department and has previously taught Book conservation, Book Arts, Decorated papers and City & Guilds Bookbinding. She particularly likes teaching the Taster Days and getting to meet potential bookbinders of the future. Nesta runs her own bookbinding and teaching studio, Leafwork, and her work is in national and international public and private collections. She was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder from 2000 – 2012. In her spare time she likes being less busy than usual!


Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials for this class are included and all tools and equipment supplied. You make like to bring an apron to protect your clothes. Please bring a notebook and sharp pencil.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The tutor will give you information about other bookbinding and related courses at Build at the end of the session. Suitable courses following from this Taster day include VD262 Ten projects for beginners and VD190 The Build Bookbinding course.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VD278

Sun, day, 17 Jun - 17 Jun '18

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £49.00
Concession: £49.00
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