Instructor: James Reid-Cunningham
Vellum stiff-board bindings were common from the 16th to the 19th centuries throughout Europe. This course explores a hybrid modern structure utilizing historical elements found in early versions of the vellum stiff-board binding, but with flexible joints that create less stress. This binding is sturdy and elegant, takes gold tooling well and is suitable for conservation re-bindings as well as for presentation and design bindings.
Using this structure, students create modern versions of the 17th century pierced vellum binding, with the design created by utilizing a punctured vellum cover revealing decorative boards beneath. This course covers: lap link sewing on vellum tapes; back bead endbands; fabricating and decorating the boards; constructing a stiff-board case; creating a pierced vellum design; and covering in vellum.
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Bookbinding I or equivalent experience.
Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.
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