Class No 812 – fee $420 +  materials fee $75

BOOK ARTS

Tutor: PHIL RIDGWAY

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Students will undertake a quarter bound gothic-style medieval binding, with shaped wooden boards, and clasp closure in brass or leather. Based on a book structure common for approx. 300 years, from around 1300-1600, this book is sewn on split leather thongs, which are laced into wooden boards. The spine is covered in leather, leaving part of the wooden boards front and back exposed.

Students will learn the sewing structure, how to sew simple headbands, shaping and attaching the boards, preparing and covering the spine in leather, making the clasp /closure. There will also be an introduction to blind-tooling for decorating leather on the finished book. A variety of hand tools will be provided for students to create their own designs.

The second project will concentrate on Orizomegami, a Japanese technique of dyeing paper that uses folding and dipping into dye bath to create a variety of patterns to decorate paper. The students will then use the decorated papers for the covers of some stab-bound books. Modern sewing patterns will be discussed and taught for the decorative and structural elements of the bindings.

If time allows a third project, designed by Phil, will be making an entire book ( consisting of folded cover and sewn pages, plus a small band to keep the book closed ) using only 1 sheet of paper.

Phil first took book binding lessons in Bath, England in the binding studio at the Bath Artist Printmakers. At the same time he completed a short course at Brunel Technical College in Bristol. From there he moved to Lyon, France, where he studied under Myriam Bassett, a former pupil of Sun Evrard, at the Ecole du Livres Jean Grolier.

On moving back to Australia he worked in several places as a professional binder before, some 10 years ago, setting up his own Melbourne School of Book Binding where he both teaches and provides book binding services.

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