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Workshop on Eastern Mediterranean bookbinding structures

From: Sophia K. Jordan <sjordan<-at->
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Workshop on Eastern Mediterranean Bookbinding Structures
Brody Learning Commons
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
June 10-14, 2013
9am - 5:30 pm

Workshop Instructor: George Boudalis

The goal of this five-day workshop is to provide both theoretical
and practical insight into the bookbinding structures of the Eastern
Mediterranean.  The course will consider distinct bookbinding
traditions including Coptic, Georgian, Syriac, Armenian and early
Islamic structures and will compare them with the more numerous and
better studied Byzantine bindings.  The course will stress
similarities and differences between these closely connected
bookbinding traditions and try to trace their evolution from a
common prototype, the Early Christian codex.  Examples of these
early bookbinding traditions will be drawn from collections in the
Baltimore-Washington area.

The theoretical part of the course will be covered on Monday and
Tuesday and there is no limit to the number of participants.  The
hands-on portion of the workshop is limited to 8 participants and
will run from Wednesday through Friday from 9am-5:30pm with
appropriate coffee and lunch breaks.  The goal of the workshop is
for participants to produce a model bookbinding following the
typical Byzantine techniques starting from the sewing of the
gatherings and ending with the fastenings and the tooling of the
covers.  Participants for the workshop portion must possess basic
bookbinding skills.  Materials and some tools will be provided, but
participants are encouraged to bring their own small tools.

Who should attend?  Rare books and manuscript curators, book
collectors, book conservators, bookbinders, and humanities students
and scholars interested in historic book structures will find the
lectures of interest.  Book conservators, book artists, and
individuals with good hand skills and ability to learn from
demonstration will find the full workshop of interest and be able to
incorporate new binding structures into their program.

Cost: Full Workshop $ 750.00; Lecture only $ 200.00

Registration Information:  To register please contact Miriam Centeno

For general and content information contact Sonja Jordan-Mowery

Georgios Boudalis studied Conservation of Art, Books and Paper in
Florence and Athens.  He completed his PhD at the University of the
Arts on the evolution of the Byzantine bookbinding technique between
the late 15th and the 17th centuries.  He has been a participant and
team leader of the St. Catherine Library Conservation Project.  He
serves on the Board of the European Research Centre for Book and
Paper Conservation-Restoration and the Editorial Board of the Yearly
Conference of Greek Conservators.  His research on the history and
evolution of bookbinding structures of the Eastern Mediterranean is
based on extensive research, examination, and survey of original
bookbinding structures found in monastic and institutional libraries
throughout Europe.  He has published on book conservation and
bookbinding history issues.  He has been working as a book
conservator since 1997 and is presently the Head of Book
Conservation at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in

Sonja Jordan-Mowery
Joseph Ruzicka and Marie Ruzicka Feldmann
Director for Conservation and Preservation
P.I., Heritage Science for Conservation
Johns Hopkins University
Sheridan Libraries
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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