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Classes at American Academy of Bookbinding

From: Deb Stevens <deb<-at->
Date: Monday, July 15, 2013
The American Academy of Bookbinding
offers the following courses fall, 2013:

The Art and Craft of Paper Marbling
September 9-13, 2013
Pamela Smith

    Originally known as "cloud painting," the ancient art of paper
    marbling was once shrouded in secrecy. Only a handful of early
    master marblers fully understood the entire process This
    comprehensive course is designed to dispel any mystery that
    still surrounds the paper decorating technique, guiding both
    beginners and experienced students on a step-by-step hands on
    journey through the process. Participants will learn how to
    create a carrageen size and an alum mordant, how to mix and
    apply colors, how to execute and print a wide selection of
    patterns, as well as how to rinse and dry finished sheets. In
    addition to the basics of watercolor marbling, the course will
    explore historic marbled patterns and their distinct color
    palettes, along with contemporary techniques for varying
    textures and producing both one-of-a-kind and edition papers.
    Emphasis will be on using the medium as a design element in the
    context of the hand made book.

Fundamentals of Fine Leather Binding
September 16-27, 2013
Don Glaister

    This class is an entry-level class for the Fine Binding and Book
    Conservation programs. In this class, students will learn and
    develop an understanding of traditional bookbinding techniques,
    beginning with a laced-on, leather covered board structure. The
    class will introduce and further acquaint students with
    techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses
    at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing
    using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, edge decoration,
    weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying
    leather to their books.

    The focus of the class will be on learning and reinforcing sound
    bookbinding techniques with special emphasis on working with
    leather. All students will complete at least one full-leather
    book in the course. Students will also be introduced to elements
    of leather onlay, blind tooling, leather embossing and other
    fundamental decorative techniques. No fine binding experience is
    needed for this course.

Letterforms as Image for Design Bindings and Artist'S Books
September 23-27, 2013
Suzanne Moore

    This five-day session offers students insights into the
    alphabet--typographic, written, drawn, printed and painted--as
    imagery for design bindings. After an introduction to the
    principles of type and lettering design, we will move through a
    series of exercises exploring and developing words and phrases
    as image. By exploring and examining the effects created with a
    variety of tools as well as the possibilities of scale, color,
    abstraction, and technique options in the design of a binding,
    we will expand the repertoire of each person, while developing a
    series of sketches for a binding--real or imagined - of your
    choice. Prepare to draw, copy, paint, stencil and cut
    letterforms in a brainstorm on paper.

    Designed primarily to serve bookbinders in expanding their
    binding design options, this course is also perfect for
    designers, artists and calligraphers interested in the rich
    potential of works and letterform in their work.

Alternative Decorative Techniques
September 30-October 4, 2013
Don Glaister

    This one-week course is an exploration of decorative techniques
    not typically associated with leather bookbinding. That is, they
    are techniques other than onlay, inlay and gold tooling.
    Students will learn to use such simple and effective techniques
    as leather sanding, freehand tooling, painted tooling, leather
    painting, feathered onlay and board forming. Students will learn
    to make specialized tools for their work and to create
    decorative materials. In addition to exploring the technical
    aspect of this work, students will be given guidance that will
    help them to design their bindings creatively, using these
    alternative techniques. This class is open to students with all
    levels of experience.

The Unconventional Use of Leather: A New Melding of Leather,
    Adhesive and Structure
October 7-11, 2013
Daniel Kelm

    Daniel Kelm has experimented with various vegetable tanned and
    chrome tanned leathers, adhesives, and book structures in order
    to achieve an elegant leather binding that is not so costly or
    difficult as the traditional marriage of vegetable tanned
    leather and the rounded and backed textblock.

    Students will be guided in the creation of one textblock and two
    flatback cases with offset spine attachment. One of the two
    cases will be covered with chrome tanned leather and the other
    with vegetable tanned leather. Two forms of PVA adhesive, one
    wet (Jade 403) and one dry (thermoplastic adhesive film) will be
    compared and contrasted. Kelm will teach students how to flatten
    an undulating piece of vegetable tanned leather into a flat
    sheet so that it can be used in the same manner as book cloth or
    paper. Students will choose one of the two cases to attach to
    their textblock. Making two cases gives participants the
    experience and information they need to work with either type of
    leather on their own in the future. The result of this amazing
    process is "simply" elegant.

Islamic Bookbinding
October 7-11, 2013
Katherine Beaty

    Over the course of the week, participants will construct a full
    leather Islamic style binding from start to finish. Each student
    will sew their own textblock utilizing an Islamic style chain
    stitch topped with the showy chevron endbands. We will
    experiment with the chevron design by weaving colored silk
    thread over the primary tie downs. Working with leather, we will
    construct the binding in two parts off the book. Before
    attaching the bindings, we will explore a variety of decoration
    techniques including polishing, blind stamping, onlays and
    embellishment with shell gold. Finally, our bindings will be
    attached with burnished paste papers. Through these exercises,
    students should expect to gain an understanding of the mechanics
    of Islamic bookbinding structure, as well as potential
    conservation problems. Intermediate level bookbinding experience

For more information or to register please contact:


Deb Stevens
Administrative Director
American Academy of Bookbinding
text free - phone or email only please
PO Box 1590
117 North Willow Street
Telluride CO 81435

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