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millimeter binding workshop



Millimeter Binding Workshop

The New England Chapter will be hosting a workshop on millimeter binding=


techniques at the North Bennet Street School on Saturday and Sunday,
November 21st and 22nd.

About The Instructor
The workshop will be taught by Adam Larsson, a guest lecturer from
Sweden. Adam will be assisted by Mark Andersson, the head of the
bookbinding program at North Bennet Street.
The instructor is 31 years old and started in bookbinding in the early
1990=92s. He trained at the Arts & Crafts School in Leksand Sweden; the
only school for bookbinding in Scandinavia. The program covers French,
German, English, and Scandinavian techniques, paper conservation, book
history, art history, drawing, and painting. He also studied ceramics
and metalworking as extra subjects during his two years at the school.
He started to work in the Uppsala University Library in 1994. His main
duties have been conservation and restoration of books and paper in
their collections, which include early manuscripts through incunabula,
on up to newly printed books. In addition, apart from his work, Adam
also has his own workshop at home where he mainly does books for
exhibitions.
Over the past four years he has participated in some ten to fifteen
exhibitions, mainly in Sweden but also in Estonia, Finland, France and
Italy.
Since 1995, Adam has worked as a teacher at the Arts & Crafts School for=


a few weeks each year. He has also attended different international
courses and seminars during the past four to five years. Among others:
"New Horizons", Oxford England -94.
"Autour du Livre", Chantilly France -96.
"Conservation of Leather bindings", course in Sweden -96.
"Conservation and making of Byzantine manuscripts", course in Mistra
Greece -97.
He is a member of =93Bokbindaregesallskapet=94 in Sweden and also the
international organizations "Designer Bookbinders" and "Air Neuf".

About The Bindings
Millimeter bindings were developed in Denmark and adapted for use
throughout the Scandinavian countries. They=92re most often used for thi=
n
books (fewer than fifteen sections) with small dimensions, typically
measuring six by nine inches or less.
One of the chief benefits of these bindings is that they are very
economical of leather. Sewing is typically done on frayed cords to yield=


a smooth spine when the book is completed.
Workshop participants will prepare a textblock for binding ahead of time=


so that they can spend most of their time learning the special
techniques employed in producing these unique bindings. Each participant=


will also be responsible for bringing along a piece of goatskin for
their binding. (If this is a problem for you, call Allen=97the workshop
coordinator.) Other necessary materials to complete the binding will be
furnished.


Anyone wishing to take this workshop (you don't have
to be a Guild member) should call Allen Berrien at 413-253-3509.


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