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Courses at the Centro del bel libro Ascona

Summer courses at the Centro del bel libro Ascona, Switzerland
Department Bookbinding and Design

Course 17
Fine wooden board bindings

The making of uncovered wooden boards require not only careful construction,
but also specific professional techniques. The first part of the course will
concentrate on the material "wood" as well as on the subject of  "the
ecological system of the forest and its trees" with a brief slide show.
Following that, the pieces for the wooden board bindings will be cut,
sanded, polished or primed and varnished under the supervision of a
professional violin maker. In the second part of the course the uncovered
boards will be attached to the books in various innovative methods and
techniques without diminishing the books' functions.

Tutor: Pablo Rosales / Edwin Heim        Date: 6th - 10th August       Fee:
CHF 950.-       Language: German / English

Participants            Bookbinders, interested people with previous

Course 20

Japanese folding techniques - boxes in different variations

This course teaches the ancient technique of the Japanese art of folding
paper. Based on traditional methods, new modern objects will be created
without adhesive. Boxes and cases will be made in many different forms and
variations, starting with simple squares, through six- and eight sided boxes
up to a rhomboidal shaped box with cover. A manual gives further information
and instructions to assemble these models according to international

Tutor: Marcus Janssens        Date:  20th - 23rd August        Fee:  Fr.
760.-        Language: German / English

Course 24

Enamel as an element in bookbinding

The origins of enamel are as ancient as the Egyptian culture. The charm of
this art is still evident in today’s culture due to the intensity of the
colours and the glow created by this medium.

The aim of the course is to study the art of enamelling both in theory and
in practice. It begins with the design concept, through the process of
fusion to the fascinating cooling procedure with the different oscillating
frequencies of each colour. The enamelled objects can then be integrated in
the bindings which are prepared during the course or brought by the
participants. Naturally, these pieces can also be used as jewellery items.

Tutor: Isabel Beyermann        Date: 18th - 21st September        Fee: CHF
760.-        Language: German and Italian

More information:
Centro del bel libro Ascona
Via Collegio
CH-6612 Ascona
Tel: (0041) 091 791 7234
Fax: (0041) 091 791 7254
E-mail: r.mesmer@ticino.com

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