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Bookbinding: Case Binding with Rounded Spine – Abigail Bainbridge

July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016

| $750

July 25-29
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $45
Class limit: 6
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In this class you’ll learn how to make a traditional case binding from start to finish (although without cutting all the corners that modern machine binding does!). This is the style of your average hardcover book, with cloth covering and a rounded spine. You’ll learn the basics of paper selection, sewing, rounding & backing, edge trimming, and casing-in. Those who are a little faster will have time to learn more advanced techniques—such as hand-sewing endbands—or start a second book and really consolidate their skills. Use your book for a sketchbook or journal or just to learn the process so you can go home and make them on your own. We’ll talk about ways to get around any lack of equipment. Those enrolled in the letterpress class from the week before have the opportunity to incorporate their printing in these books.

Register now by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.

During Abby’s residency at WSW, she printed and bound her artist’s book The Complex of All These, which features intaglio, letterpress, and sewn binding. She finished her book, made a stop action animation of the process, and helped the other book arts resident finish her project all in eight weeks. Abby returned as a teacher a couple of summers ago and ran a fabulous class…and is now back by popular demand. Take a look at her YouTube video of the making of The Complex of All These.


Abigail Bainbridge

Abigail Bainbridge is a book and paper conservator. She is the conservation science lecturer for the MA in book and paper conservation program at Camberwell College of Arts (London) and is Associate Tutor in the book conservation department at West Dean College. She is also an occasional short course tutor at the London Center for Book Arts where she is a member of Icon and the treasurer of its Book & Paper Group. Previously she worked as a book conservator at Columbia University and Paper Dragon Books, and was the associate coordinator of Dolphin Print & Press at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has an MA in book conservation at West Dean College in England, and thoughtfully contributes regularly to the book arts list serve.



July 25, 2016
July 29, 2016
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