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Re: [BKARTS] core skills

Hi everyone,
I nearly never post here but I'd like to add my two cents on the Fine
Binding issue.
I would LOVE to be a fine binder proffesionally, and there have been two
apprenticeships advertised in the last six months but they both were asking
for juniors (15yrs-18yrs old) simply because they can pay them less.
I'd hardly think I'm over the hill but I was told both times, you're too
old, we want a kid to do menial labour. And when I rang a printer who
offered the opportunity to do machine binding he told me that my interest in
fine binding would not be useful in the position.

Community College courses are aimed at the book artist and there was one
fine binding full-time course but it is now defunct.

My problem seems to be that no one WANTS to pass on these skills, not that
no-one wants to learn them. So I muddle through on my own, learning from
books and places like this, admiring things on ebay that I will never be
able to afford.

(so yes if there is anyone in victoria Australia looking for an apprentice,
I'm your girl.)

Jen Hook

From: april henry <melange@xxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: core skills
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 09:07:13 -0700

To follow on what Julie and Audrey have said...

I believe that the lack of fine bindings may be in part because artist
books are much more approachable to those outside the field.  I think
that the prevalence of artist books is a direct reflection of training
options.  Traditional methods of binding are falling to the wayside as
are traditional methods of training.  I really see the two issues being

In my experience there is a distinct lack of alternatives for those new
to the craft who want to learn.  Apprenticeships would make so much more


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