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Bookbinding: Ancient to Modern

  • Maiwa Loft #6-1666 Johnston St. Vancouver, BC, V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With Gaye Hansen

$350 [Includes $80 lab fee] class limit 12. Oct 31-Nov 2 (Thu-Sat) 10am-4pm.

This class is an overview of bookbinding techniques and basic procedures. Students are introduced to the book arts in a casual and practical three-day format.

Both of Gaye’s bookbinding courses include fundamental binding techniques such as Japanese stab binding, corner treatments, the pamphlet stitch, the use of book cloth, and signature procedures.

Students will learn how to make an accordion book and simple, effective origami books. They will progress to full instruction on a simple hard-covered journal including sewn signatures and the application of end papers and spine cloth.

The main focus of the third day is the technique of Coptic or open-spine bookbinding, the oldest known book format. Students will learn about traditional techniques: hard covers, linen threads, cloth covers, end papers, and variations.

Throughout the three days students are exposed to a wide range of materials, equipment, and techniques including the use of decorative papers, mounting film, text pages, book cloth, etc. Time is set aside for learning through visual examples, demonstrations, personal instruction, textbooks, and web resources to maximize exposure to the ancient but reviving creative field of hand bookbinding.

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Gaye Hansen

Gaye is the maker of books of exceptional beauty that contain intriguing wonders. She has an extensive background in bookbinding and the textile arts and has taught our popular bookbinding courses for over a decade. She is also a master weaver who has taught weaving workshops for more than 30 years. In 2002 she was chair of the Convergence Conference of the Hand Weavers Guild of America. She has also been active with the Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild and is author of five best-selling Canadian cookbooks.

Earlier Event: October 30
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Later Event: November 4
Bookbinding: The Artists Book