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[BKARTS] Study opportunity - Renaissance School of Bookbinding, Wilmington, Delaware
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The board of directors of the Renaissance School of Bookbinding is pleased
to announce the scheduled opening, of the school for classes, September 9,
2002. The school is located is located in the historic district of
Wilmington, Delaware with several colleges and universities in the
The Renaissance School offers, what we believe is the most comprehensive
bookbinding curriculum in the U.S.
The two year course is designed to equip its graduates to deal with all
aspects of bookbinding from simple repairs to fine binding and archivally
proper restoration of antique volumes.
Beginning with the history of the book, we will trace the development of
the bookbinding industry in England, France, Italy and The United States.
We will give particular scrutiny to the work of artisan bookbinders in
nineteenth and twentieth century America and where the craft stands today
as a result.
Students will develop their skills through a heavy concentration of bench
work. In addition we
will introduce the student to related industries and crafts; among which
are printing, papermaking and leather processing. Field trips and guest
instructors are planned as adjunct activities.
To complete the preparation of students for the profession, they will be
motivated to expand their abilities and continue to polish them into an
art. They will receive instruction in setting up and operating their own
bindery, in pricing their work, and customer relations.
First year: Students will study the history and evolution of the book, from
the papyrus scrolls of Ancient Egypt and clay tablets of Sumer to the codex
form which has its roots in the Christian era. They will learn the
manufacture of paper and its behavior related to books. Bench skills will
begin by making journals, scrapbooks and other projects. The tools and
materials peculiar to books will become thoroughly familiar to the student.
Various forms of the book will be studied and constructed. Oriental book
construction will be examined with students constructing several of their
choice. Taking down and rebinding broken and dilapidated books will receive
concentrated bench time. The student will prescribe and carry out the
method of treatment. Students are encouraged to work on their own books and
explore cover design.
Second Year: Leather bindings and goldstamping will be introduced. Students
will construct books and albums with padded, flexible and limp bindings.
Boxes in all their various forms will be constructed. Fine bindings, with a
concentration on French and English styles, will be produced. Students are
encouraged to develop their own style. Hand woven headbands will be
made. Hand marbled paper, paste papers and other decorative papers will be
produced. Restoration of antique books will become the principal focus.
Students will learn to restore and replicate books to be period proper and
archivally sound. They will learn to wash stains from pages, make necessary
repairs then resize and resew them after the original manner. Hand gilding
and blind tooling will be thoroughly dealt with. A study of the use and
proper handling of the wide range of chemicals involved in book and paper
restoration will be made by students. Students will produce four projects
for graduation. Lectures dealing with establishing your own bindery , how
to charge for your work and customer relations will be given.
Field Trips: There are three planned field trips annually to such places as
the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, Colonial Williamsburg,
Schryock Brothers binder's board mill, Manadnock Paper Mills, Etherington
Conservation Lab, The U.S. Government Printing Office, and The Quick
Roll-Leaf Manufacturing Co. If there is adequate interest, a trip to Europe
will be taken at the end of the second semester to hand engravers,
tanneries and other craft related sites. (* see note)
Guest Instructors and Lecturers: At least one guest per semester will be
invited to the school to demonstrate or speak on their area of interest.
Topics will cover such things as paper marbling, hand papermaking, edge
gilding, fore edge painting, and working at a conservation lab.
Faculty: Edward Stansell heads the bookbinding program and is a second
generation bookbinder with over forty years of professional and commercial
experience. He is considered among the most skilled bookbinders in America.
Having operated his own bookbinding supply business, he has a thorough
knowledge of the trade of bookbinding throughout the nation as well as
having a surpassing knowledge of the tools and materials used in bookbinding.
Claudine Strag, a very talented and creative third generation bookbinder
will assist in classroom bench work and will hold weekend classes and
summer workshops. Mrs. Strag has been a professional bookbinder for more
than ten years and operates her own bindery with many dedicated
customers. ( the schedule for week end classes and summer workshops will
Employment: Students will create and maintain a comprehensive portfolio
and written reports of their work. Student services will assist in finding
employment. Self-employment practices are taught and those wishing to start
their own business are encouraged to do so.
Admissions: Admissions are made on a space available basis with a maximum
of eight students per year. While previous bookbinding experience is an
asset, anyone with manual dexterity and a love of hand crafts is encouraged
to apply. For the dedicated craftsman, bookbinding can be a rewarding
experience. Student services will aid in finding housing when necessary.
Note * Travel expenses abroad must be provided by individual students and
their guests. Participants will receive any available discounts for travel
The tuition is $11,000 annually. Included are books, supplies and
student's personal hand tools. Class hours are 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. daily
, following an annual academic calendar.
If you wish to be sent an application please e-mail or write to:
The Renaissance School of Bookbinding
P.O. Box 7005
Wilmington, DE 19803-0005
Edwards Stansell, Headmaster
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