TELLURIDE SPRING 2020
INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING, LEVEL 1
APRIL 13-17, 2020 | LANG INGALLS | $800
If you have never taken a bookbinding class before, this is the class for you. This is a one-week class devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into cloth and paper covers.
Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, making and sewing the signature and producing a pamphlet binding. From there they will expand to multi-signature sewing and case binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques, tricks and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover and more are taught in this class.
I’m not sure I ever expected bookbinding to become more than an intriguing afterthought in my mind, but through my time at the American Academy of Bookbinding, I found a taste of what I want to do for the rest of my life.
FUNDAMENTALS / INTERMEDIATE FINE LEATHER BINDING
MAY 4 – 15, 2020 | DON GLAISTER | $1500
This is an entry-level fine leather binding class, required for both the Fine Binding and the Integrated Studies Diploma Programs, as well as an intermediate class for continuing Fine Binding students. Over the course of two weeks, students will learn and develop an understanding of traditional bookbinding techniques, interpreted for the twenty-first century.
The focus of the class will be on learning and reinforcing sound leather bookbinding techniques with special emphasis on aesthetic choices available to the modern binder.
All students will complete at least one full leather book in the course. At all stages of the class, students will be exposed to design options (some minor, some major) that directly inform the look and feel of the finished binding. They may also be introduced to simple decorative techniques such as embossing and other surface treatments, as time allows.
Students will learn binding techniques necessary in the making of a laced-on, leather covered board structure. They will also be acquainted with techniques needed in future fine binding and specialty courses at the Academy. Students will become familiar with hand sewing using a sewing frame, rounding and backing, and weaving headbands, as well as leather paring and applying leather to their books.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Bookbinding I-II, or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated as needed or desired.
BOX MAKING FOR FINE BINDERS
MAY 18 – 22, 2020 | DON GLAISTER | $800
As makers of fine bindings, we spend weeks, months and sometimes even years working on a special (to someone) binding. After the leather is polished, the gold is burnished and the last details have been taken care of, then what? The binding needs a special, friendly, safe place to spend the next few hundred years. That’s where a protective box comes in.
In this class, students will learn to make simple, and not so simple cloth covered clamshell boxes for books or other similarly sized objects. While most books are square or rectangular, some are irregular in shape and require custom fitted enclosures. Such projects will also be addressed in this class. Students will be instructed to build neat, well fitting and durable boxes for their unique books. They will be taught to measure accurately, cut with precision and think creatively about their projects, hence finishing in fine style the binding projects that have consumed so much of their time and energy.