Just spent a lovely week doing Advanced Bookbinding for Artists at UWE, Bristol. I’ve wanted to do this course for about 5 years but circumstances conspired against me.
I did my first course at UWE in 2006 – Basic Bookbinding – and intended to do the Advanced the following year. However, the course was cancelled and didn’t run for about 4 years. Then when it started up again I was torn between Bookbinding and Letterpress – Letterpress won! But I finally got to do Advanced Bookbinding this year. Here are a few pictures of what we did.
The course was led by Guy Begbie – what he doesn’t know about bookbinding isn’t worth knowing. An extremely patient man too – he rescued my terrible stitching mistakes a few times 🙂 He also has a wonderful collection of books with numerous types of bindings that you can peruse over the week – I always find this inspirational. Its also lovely to meet up with other bookbinding geeks and have conversations about nerdy book stuff which would raise eyebrows if held in any other context 🙂
oooo looks spectacular….. if I had a boobkbinding bucket list getting to a great course like this would be right up there! — the snow shoes looks especially delicious!
Bookbinding bucket list…interesting concept. I am lucky to live relatively near to UWE – an hour on the train. I've done one of the CPD courses every year for the last 6 years or so. I've nearly done them all now 🙂
The snow shoes was easier than expected. We did lightning stitch on the other side of the double codex – it looks simpler http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelacallanan/4764118422/in/set-72157623154737502/ but turned out to a lot harder to figure out the stitch sequence.
OK, so I've said some harsh things about exposed spines! But the snow shoe does look the most elegant I've seen.
Off to Flickr now.
Have you? They're not the easiest to sew – can be hard work, confusing and difficult to get the tension right. French sewing is my favourite (non-exposed spine).
Dang, that looks great! Glad you finally got to do it.
I love the rope binding and the snowshoes. Sounds like a wonderful course Angela.
I wish I were there…
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