Bubu Bookfactory, Mönchaltorf
Basler Buchbinder Verein, Basel
Raiffeisen Schweiz AG
Peyer Graphic AG, Lengnau
Winter & Company AG, Basel
Schmedt GmbH & Co, KG, Hamburg
Fischer Papier, St. Gallen
Buchbinderei Grollimund AG, Reinach
Wolfau Druck AG, Weinfelden
KAPAG Karton + Papier AG, Muhen
Renfer AG Buchbinderei, Dübendorf
Buchbinderei Scherrer AG, Urdorf
Gramag Grafische Maschinen AG, Reiden
Chromos AG, Dielsdorf
Buchbinderei E. Keller AG, Wetzikon
Bookbinding for Experienced Amateurs
This course is for people with some experience in the craft of bookbinding and for those working in complementary disciplines. The theme of the course is still open and will be communicated to participants a few weeks before the course starts.
In order to create a successful and compelling binding, the elements of color, form, proportion, rhythm, contrasts, structures, typeface, etc. must be coordinated so that a harmonious design is achieved. In this course we will not only highlight the theoretical aspects of book design, but we will also spend time developing our own sensibilities for color and form. The goal of the course is to develop more confidence in the fundamental elements of book design so that you may carry these principles through in creating your own bindings.
13 Decoration Techniques
We will learn and practice the best known and most used bookbinding decoration techniques. Embossed gilding, feather mosaic in leather, sculptural leather application, raised and recessed relief, decorating with acrylic colours, decorating with shrunken leather, decorating with leather strips, leather breakthrough technique, colour printing etc. The techniques will be practised on small boards prepared during the course.
Full leather binding
With the successful execution of a “French binding”, a book becomes a fine work of art. In this course, the books will be rounded and backed to a 90° joint and different endpaper constructions will be demonstrated. We will decorate edges by gilding or with graphite, and will learn to sew headbands in both German and French styles. Leather preparation for the covers and inner joint will be done with a paring machine and knife. Special attention will be given to the treatment of the leather.
This unique box and slipcase combination is special in that upon opening the box, the book is automatically lifted out of the integrated slipcase. In this way the book presents itself without the usual shaking movement that is necessary to remove a book from a typical slipcase. There will also be the opportunity to stamp a title on the box spine. This course is appropriate for participants who also want to learn to make slip cases and book boxes separately. Maximum book size DIN A5, max. thickness 2 cm.
Sewn Board Bindings
The Sewn Board Binding is a relatively new binding technique in which the book opens very well, even with a lined spine. The look is contemporary and the book is finished without a visible joint between the cover and text block. This structure gives the book an interesting feel and exceptional flexibility, even with standard thickness boards. We will finish one leather and cloth bound book, completed with a stamped title.
I Love Japan
Simple structures, subtle forms and colors, an unexpected combination of materials: these are the main characteristics of Veronika Schäpers’ artists’ books, influenced by her long time living in Japan. In this course she will introduce some of her artists’ books, explaining the concept, structure and selection of materials. We will reproduce one of Veronika’s book structures using clear plastic materials and try out some Japanese materials and tools on small models. The intention of this course is to explore and get to know some minimalist structures and techniques as well as unusual materials and to combine them with each other.
Flexible Staple Binding in Stone Veneer
Stone veneer is the result of an interesting developpement in laser cutting. It is a 3 mm thick slice of stone lined with cotton. It can be cut, folded and tooled easily. The structure is a conservation binding structure. The primary sewing holds the single section book together with the white endpaper sheet and the folded color endpaper. The secondary sewing holding the cover is made with "staples" i.e. folded metal wire.
Dos-a-dos Binding: 3 Variations
We will not only get to know the commonly known classical form of a dos-a-dos binding, but will deliberately turn our attention to newer, more extraordinary solutions. In order to be able to produce all three variations, we will limit ourselves to paper as a material; however, there are no restrictions with regards to forms and colours. The ideal format is approximately DIN A6 – DIN A5. Of course, participants may also use blank, pre-folded sections.
Danish Millimeter Binding
This subtle half leather binding technique, developed in Denmark, has been constantly refined over the last century and is seen by bibliophiles as an extraordinary fine bookbinding. The book is worked on a 90° shoulder and head caps, similar to the German full leather binding. Ideal format: approx. DIN A5, 3-10 sections
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