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 🙂