Since 2010, Monique Lallier and Don Etherington have opened their personal studio for AAB classes. The Lallier Etherington studio is a beautiful, comfortable and fully equipped facility. The studio is located in Summerfield, North Carolina, a suburb of Greensboro. Greensboro is home to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as Etherington Conservation Services in nearby Browns Summit, the company Don founded in 1987. Courses in Summerfield provides students the opportunity to study in an alternative home environment that may be closer to home. Class size in Summerfield is limited to four students. Pre-existing students are given priority until March 1. Tuition assistance is not available for the Summerfield campus.


JULY 15 – 26 | MONIQUE LALLIER | $1500
This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques or develop more advanced and sophisticated ones. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge treatments, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will be encouraged to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise.

The class may be used as a review of the binding process or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific technique. Due to space limitations, students who have previously taken classes in Summerfield will be given first first priority in registration.


Designed for those students who have studied with Don over the years and wish to review certain techniques or work on a particular project of their choosing with him. Students may attend for one or two weeks at a time. Projects can include Restoration of Cloth and Leather, Re-backing, Forwarding and Covering, or Finishing (Tooling and Titling).

Sessions are $1000 per week and scheduled by request. For more information please contact the academy: (970) 728-8649 or

DON ETHERINGTON Nationally and internationally recognized for innovative design and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, including phased preservation programs for libraries and institutions, Don continues to share his knowledge. After extensive training in England, he established a four-year program in bookbinding and design at Southampton College of Art and conducted workshops and seminars for colleges, universities and the Guild of Book Workers. Past President of the Etherington Conservation Center in Greensboro, N.C., Don also holds the position of Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. Other professional affiliations include the Guild of Book Workers (Past chairman, Standards Committee); Accredited Fellow, Institute of Paper Conservation in England; and member of the American Library Association.