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[BKARTS] Lecture & Workshop by Kitty Maryatt

>From One to One Thousand: Changes in Binding 1450-1550
Lecture for the Society for Calligraphy, Los Angeles
Kitty Maryatt, Director of the Scripps College Press
Pasadena City College, Circadian Room near the Student Union
January 17, 2004 at 9:30 a.m.
Lecture is free and open to the public
Just as calligraphy morphed into type in the fifteenth century, the structure
of books changed dramatically with the advent of the printing era. Books in
the medieval period were produced one at a time and bound individually. After
printing emerged in the fifteenth century, book production over the next 100
years exploded. We will look at medieval binding techniques and see how they
changed to fit new demands. Large vellum pages and thick wood boards in
contemporary bindings of the Gutenberg Bible, for example, gave way to portable,
lightweight paper editions bound in leather over pasteboard from the Aldine Press.
It was a complex stew of both medieval and Renaissance styles  during this
transition period. Examples will be drawn from several collections including
medieval books from the Denison Library at Scripps College.

Workshop for the Society for Calligraphy, Los Angeles
Kitty Maryatt
Pasadena City College, Room R-521
January 17-18, 2004
$85 for members of the Society for Calligraphy
There are at least 100 different ways to sew signatures together to make
books, including sewing over tapes, over cords and using unsupported sewing
structures. In this workshop, you will sew about 50(!) sewing variations on thin
cards which simulate sewing through the fold on signatures. You will see examples
of the various bindings, sew a complete book using one or more of the
techniques from your cards, and learn about oversewing and tacketing. This is a great
way to understand how to bind books in many different ways and how each
technique functions, especially in connection with covering strategies. Intense but
rewarding. You should have sewn at least one book before you take this

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