A group of professional binders has made a side step from convention and put a modern stamp on books for the 21st century. They have either developed new ideas or rekindled and updated bindings from the past. Their ideas and techniques are now brought together in this series of workshops at BINDING re:DEFINED.
Each year a fresh programme of one to five day workshops is on offer, covering a wide range of topics. Some are suitable for those with little or no exposure to bookbinding while others are for those with more experience.
The visible mechanics of the binding is a key element in most of the courses. Many use little adhesive, open flat and possess a unique elegance. They are bindings that make an invaluable addition to the repertoire of any binder. Other professionals such as calligraphers, photographers, printmakers, architects and textile artists will find many of these structures ideal for the presentation of their work.
Participants will explore new ideas and be encouraged to think beyond the conventional. The overall role of design in making a successful binding is an important aspect of each workshop and time is spent discussing the use of colour, texture and materials alongside the advantages and applications of a particular structure. Most importantly the emphasis is on sound techniques and solid working practices.
Bookbinders of all persuasions and anyone interested in the book form will not only find the classes rewarding and informative but will gain a wider understanding of the possibilities within bookbinding.