all classes run from 10 - 4/5
The remainder of the 2021 classes have been cancelled. The complications and costs of bringing tutors here from outside the UK have proved too much. We are sorry to disappoint all those who had signed up in the last two years but we are grateful for your continuing support and interest.
Below you will find the programme for 2022. Many of the classes have been rescheduled from 2020 or 2021 so they might look familiar. Anyone who had signed up for one of the rescheduled classes will have priority booking for 2022 so please get in touch as soon as you can.
Pure Naked Beauty March 24th - 26th tutors: Claudia Benvestito and Lori Sauer
Perfect Measuring April 6th, 7th and 8th tutor: Tine Noreille
The Pixel Binding June 17th - 18th tutor: Benjamin Elbel
Irresistible Boxes July 21st - 23rd tutor: Kylin Lee Acherman
Interpreting Hedi Kyle August 15th - 30th tutor: Suzanne Schmollgruber (exact dates announced early in 2022 )
Origata Binding September 22nd - 23rd tutor: Julie Auzillon
Bradel à la Dorfner October 25th - 28th tutor: Rahel Scheufele
Pure Naked Beauty
Claudia Benvestito, Lori Sauer
March 24th - 26th £325.00
Workshop participants will learn knot-tack sewing on split-strap supports - a medieval technique that counts as one of the strongest and most durable ever known. This will be translated into a modern variant made without a sewing frame. Italian back-beaded primary endbands will reinforce the head and tail of the book block and a secondary crowned sewing enhances their appeal.
On the third day Lori Sauer will take over from Claudia and show students how to bind their sewn books in a specially developed contemporary structure that shows off the exposed sewing - all will be revealed in the class.
Perfect Measuring, Cutting and Folding
April 6th, 7th, 8th £325.00
Tine's method for measuring is simply brilliant and it will change your working habits for the better. She held a workshop at BINDING re:DEFINED in 2019 and is now back to inspire even more of us.
Participants will first have hands-on time to master the technique. They will then make at least two woven and interlocking book structures designed by C. Van Vliet and E. Steiner. These bindings open completely flat and have beautiful design details.
The class is perfect for beginners and seasoned binders alike - they are ideal books for artists, graphic designers, photographers, calligraphers and all creative people.
The Pixel Binding
June 17th- 18th £275.00
In this workshop, Benjamin introduces his latest design: the Pixel Binding.
The Pixel Binding is a structure in which the boards (and the spine) are made up of a multitude of squares (the 'pixels') which hinge with one another and thus give the binding a remarkable feel, halfway between a hard cover and a soft cover binding. The binding has an excellent opening and is the first of Benjamin's innovative book structures which is suitable for thick volumes.
The visual grid that results from the board composition is a striking feature that can lead to many different design concepts.
During this two-day workshop, you will learn the basics of the structure by creating a Pixel Binding in paper, with suede flyleaves and leather headbands.
In addition to the strictly technical aspect of the structure, we will also do some designing in this workshop.
Benjamin will reveal several very simple methods to turn plain paper into a rich and expressive medium.
Participants will be required to bring a book with content in sections, sewn, glued up and ready for the next steps.
All other supplies, including a special tool indispensable to create a Pixel binding, will be provided in a material pack (£75/person, to be paid on the day in cash)
Experienced binders only
Kylin Lee Acherman
July 21st - 23rd £325.00
Clean lines, geometric forms and smart, functional design
inspire this box making workshop, all of them absolutely irresistible.
Over three days we will build three different boxes. We start with a sleek little case for business cards with a snappy magnetic closure. The practical and durable form will make it something that you'll always want to have handy in your pocket or bag. The second structure will be a book box with a magnetic flap closure. This is a great structure that is easily adaptable to a range of sizes and uses. Finally we will make a small triangular box that utilises a playful and mysterious magnetic hinge.
It will be a fun workshop to open your eyes to some new and sensible approaches to box making as well as a primer on incorporating powerful and versatile neodymium magnets.
Basic experience required
Interpreting Hedi Kyle
This class will take place between August 15th and 30th. The actual dates will be published early in 2022 but please register your interest now. £395
Heidi Kyle's extraordinary book constructions, falling somewhere between historical and modern designs, will be reconsidered and further explored in this workshop. Artful folding, cutting and sewing techniques will present numerous variations of leporellos as well as codex bindings.
The class will show how rich the possibilities and developments of these works are with the aim to learn more about the techniques of Hedi Kyle and to re-interpret them in your own personal way.
All paper lovers welcome.
September 22nd - 23rd £230.00
Taught by the developer of the structure, the starting point for an Origata binding is a wrapper of folded paper that provides the support for sewing the pages and attaching the covers. The technique is adaptable and reversible. The Origata binding can be used both as a conservation binding and as a creative binding, according to the materials used.
The workshop will initially focus on teaching the basic technique on a single section book, after which a second two section book is made utilising many of the creative variants.
Basic experience required.
Bradel à la Dorfner
October 25th - 28th £425.00
Originally invented by Otto Dorfner and recently reinterpreted and adjusted by Brother Edgard Claes, this special technique has two notable features - a perfect and easy opening as well as an intriguing and decorative hinge.
Students will work on their own book – beginning with sewing, glueing, etc – until we reach the secrets of the hinge technique. They will work with all kinds of different materials, from leather and parchment/vellum through to decorated paper. They will have to work hard to adhere to the time-schedule so the focus is on precision and learning the technique, rather than on finding and realising the perfect décor. Students will use their own decorated paper to cover the boards, while the spine will be of parchment.
In the end we will not only have created wonderful books but each student will be able to repeat and reinterpret this amazing technique.