20 - 21 July 2019 (2 days)
9am - 4pm
Level: All Levels
Instructor: Terrie Reddish
The Secret Belgian Binding, more formally known as the Crisscross Binding, is a non-adhesive book structure developed by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy in the 80’s and is noted for its striking pattern of lacing the front and back covers to a floating spine. It is an excellent choice for sketchbooks and artist books as the pages lay flat. Additionally, much creativity can be shown through the choice of thread and covering material, resulting in bindings that are both visually interesting and incredibly versatile. Covered in this workshop are many basics of bookbinding including paper types, folding, paper grain, stitching, as well as important tools such as paper folders, Japanese screw punches, awls, needles, and thread. Materials and tools will be provided eg prepared book covers and spines, paper for pages, waxed linen thread, needles, etc . This is a non-adhesive workshop. Participants may also bring their own materials and tools.
At the end of the one day workshop you will leave with your own beautiful handmade book and instructions to enable you to work on your own projects at home. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience in bookbinding.
About the Instructor:
Terrie Reddish was first attracted to learn more about bookbinding after purchasing a 300 year old book in need of repair. Her contact with a traditionally trained and experienced conservator, Paul Taylor, led to bookbinding classes in 2005. Already a member of the Association of Book Crafts, Terrie became their Editrix for six years and continues to manage their Facebook page. She has gone on to study with David Ashman, Australian’s Fred Pohlmann, John and Joy Tonkin along with UK’s Dominic Riley and Michael Burke. Terrie teaches bookbinding and pencil drawing throughout NZ. Terrie uses restored tools and vintage letterpress equipment to create unique artists books, broadsheets and prints. Her artwork is often three dimensional and loosely based on book structures. Paper is her main medium. It might be book board, marbled paper, Japanese tissue paper, handmade or recycled paper. Tyvek and Kraft-tex occasionally make an appearance, although they are not technically ‘paper’. Gold foil, fabric and leather feature as well.