Producing a Design Binding from B* to Z

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April 15th, 2013 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Donald Glaister
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: April 15th, 2013 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: April 19th, 2013 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 5

Monday - Friday, April 15 - 19
9:30am - 5:30pm

TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP PLEASE CONTACT:Deb Stevens at the American Academy of Bookbinding: or 970-728-8649. Judy will also provide the materials list once you are registered.

Cost: $800; $750 for HBC and AAB members

In conjunction with the American Academy of Bookbinding and Hand Bookbinders of California.
This highly personalized class will make clear the process of producing a design binding from the time that the concept for the binding is formed to the completion of the binding. Students will make sketches, produce working drawings, work out various anticipated technical and material problems, and then execute the binding design. This work will be done on a simple leather case (without the text inside) which will substitute for an actual binding. Some decorative techniques will be introduced such as leather onlays, shaped boards, sanded leather and freehand tooling. Each student will be asked to bring a concept drawing to class that communicates the idea of a binding they wish to make. The binding may be about a book that the student is working on, or a title the student simply finds interesting. With input from fellow classmates and guidance from the instructor, the concept drawing will be transformed over the course of the class, step by step, into the finished “binding.”  
 *A. Have an idea
About the Instructor
Donald Glaister is the Director of the Fine Binding Program at the American Academy of Bookbinding. Don is a book artist who lives and works on Vashon Island, Washington, near Seattle. He began his bookbinding career after taking degrees in painting and sculpture from San Jose State College in California, and studying binding privately with Barbara Hiller in San Francisco and Pierre Aufschnieder and Roger Arnoult in Paris. His professional career in design bookbinding, spanning more than thirty years, has centered on the exploration, development and use of unexpected binding materials, visual humor and spontaneous visual expression, while working within the classical framework of the European binding form. Beginning in 2002, Don’s work expanded to include the design and production of editions of artist’s books that include painting, sculpture and poetry that Don has made. Don has taught binding and design privately and as Professor of Book Arts at the University of Alabama. Don’s work appears in major private, public and national collections throughout North America and Europe.
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