Level 3: Rounded and Backed Case Binding
ROUNDED AND BACKED CASE BINDING
TUTOR: Monica Oppen
DATES: Sat/Sun 4–5 July
Sat/Sun 22–23 August
Sat/Sun 7–8 November
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
COST: Members $270.00 Non-members $300.00
Limited to 8 students
Basic bookbinding experience is highly recommended.
The adventure continues. This course builds on the flat back case binding course, taking your binding skills to the next level. The sewn bookblock will be rounded and backed giving it the form of the classic codex. You will sew, round and back two bookblocks.
As with the flat back case binding a case i.e. cover, is made separately from the bookblock. You will learn two casing methods, one the standard casing in and the other using an attached hollow.
You will able to choose your covering materials; full cloth, cloth and decorated paper, leather and decorated paper, leather and cloth.
The tutor will demonstrate various techniques, including:
• rounding and backing the sewn bookblock
• case making
• revise the use of the board cutter
• revise the use of the guillotine
• using a leather paring knife
• using the Brockman leather paring machine
Materials: All materials will be provided.
The Guild stocks a variety of unbound sheets ready for binding. Students may choose to purchase one of these unbound bookblocks to bind, instead of blank sheets.
Tools: The Guild bindery has a full range of tools but participants may bring their own tools if they wish. A metal rule, a pencil, an awl, a sharp knife will be useful.
Good eye/hand coordination and good dexterity are necessary for this course as sharp knives are used in the cutting of board and paper.
You will be shown correct procedure in the use of these tools but good co-ordination will assure accurate cutting and prevention of injury.
Please wear closed in shoes.
The bindery will be open by 9am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied. There will be a lunch break of 30 minutes. There is a fully equipped kitchen adjacent to the bindery if you wish to bring your lunch, but otherwise there are cafes and markets nearby.
About the tutor:
Monica Oppen has been binding books since the 1980s. For three years she worked and trained with Daphne Lera at DS Murray Bookbinders a hand bindery in Sydney. Her entry into bookbinding was through wanting to bind books of prints she was creating. From here her passion for the alchemical nature of bookbinding has engaged her in continuing to learn and improve her skills and knowledge of bookbinding styles and techniques. She continues to work as a printmaker and bookbinder. She regularly collaborates with artists on book projects bringing to the projects the bookbinding skills that her colleagues lack. Over the years she has come to understand that bookbinding, like other hand craft skills, is an embodied skill that requires dedication and endless practice to master. She welcomes students to start on this rewarding journey. She has been a member of the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders 15 years.