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[BKARTS] Book binding in Italy

I just received this email, and although, sadly, I won¹t be able to go, it
does sound pretty amazing, and I thought it might be of interest...

With warm regards
Miriam Schaer

Montefiascone is a small medieval walled city about 100 k (80 miles) north
of Rome, on Lake Bolsena. Since 1988, conservators and others interested in
books and their history have come together to work, to learn and to enjoy
this special place.  Participants come to enjoy the medieval architecture,
friendly people, a clean accessible lake, books and scholarship.  The
Montefiascone Project is a non-profit making organisation, set up to fund
the restoration of the Library of the Seminario Barbarigo in Montefiascone.
Courses for summer 2005:
Week I   25-29 July
Re-creating the Medieval Palette
Through illustrated lectures, participants will examine the story of colour
in medieval times. The course will address the history, geography,
chemistry, iconographic importance and the actual techniques of colour
manufacture, with special reference to manuscript painting. Using original
recipes, each participant will make and paint out the colours.  No previous
experience is necessary.
Course tutor: Cheryl Porter
Week 2   1-5 August
Historic Album Structures
Throughout history the construction of photo albums has presented
interesting challenges to book binders. Albums draw on basic book structures
for construction, but must be altered to accommodate the photographs. The
addition of photographs can set up complex mechanical interactions between
the parts of an album and its photographs as the pages are being turned.
Examination of structures used in nineteenth and twentieth century albums
offers inspiration and insight for the construction of contemporary albums.
The way the paper flexes, the way the photos or other additions are attached
to a page, and the technique used for the leaf attachment influence how well
an album works to display its contents. Participants will study various
components and structures used in historic photo albums to inspire
contemporary methods for adding materials to the book format. Participants
will make models of the guarded leaf structure used for carte-de-visites and
cabinet card albums.
Course tutor: Olivia Primanis
Week 3   8-12 August
The Conservation and Repair and binding of Parchment Manuscripts
This week¹s practical course will cover the selection and preparation of
materials for the flange repair of degraded membrane. Teaching will include
slides of work undertaken by Antony Cains on the Ellesmere Chaucer (at the
Huntington Library) and other manuscripts.
Course tutor: Tony Cains
Maximum class number:10
Week 4   15-19 August
The Stonyhurst Gospel
This course will enable participants to make their own book, based on the St
Cuthbert Gospel of St John, known as the Stonyhurst Gospel and ascribed to
the end of the seventh century. It miraculously retained its original
binding, being buried in the coffin of the Bishop of Lindisfarne,
Through a series of lectures with slides, PowerPoint presentations and
practical demonstrations, it is hoped that the student will gain an initial
understanding of the construction of this remarkable little book. The
binding process will include sewing, board preparation, endbanding, covering
and surface decoration. All of the necessary materials required for making
the book will be provided. Participants will be required to bring some basic
bookbinding hand tools. Some knowledge of bookbinding is desirable, but not
essential. The course will be of interest to bookbinders, conservators,
design binders and those interested in the history of the book.
Course tutors: Jim Bloxam and Kristine Rose
Maximum class number: 10
Cheryl Porter was trained in conservation of books and archives at
Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts. After graduating, she worked with the
Paintings Analysis Unit at University College London, and it was here she
began to work with a Leverhulme-funded project using Laser Raman
Spectroscopy to analyse pigments in manuscripts. From 1992 she has worked as
a freelance conservator, until recently, with Dr Nicholas Hadgraft.  She has
published many articles on pigments and manuscripts and has taught and
lectured in the USA, Australia and many countries in Europe. Since 1988, in
conjunction with Nicolas Barker and the local priests, she has organised and
co-ordinated the restoration of the Cardinal Barbarigo Seminary Library in
Olivia Primanis was apprentice-trained in bookbinding and conservation by
Jean Gunner at Hunt institute, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pa.,
where, in 1975, she opened ³The Bookbinder² an art and bookbinding supply
shop. When she moved to Los Angeles, she continued a private practice in
book conservation and teaching bookbinding. Since 1990, she has worked as a
book conservator at the Harry ransom Humanities Research Centre, Austin
Anthony Cains was apprenticed to the London trade bookbinder EA Neale Ltd
(1954) and studied at the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts. He was
awarded various prizes, including the Harrison Memorial Prize in 1957. He
studied under many distinguished bookbinders including Bernard Middleton and
the late William Matthews, who subsequently recommended him to Dr Sidney
Cockerell at Lechworth (1961-5). He worked for a short time in the HMSO
British Museum Bindery (1965) before establishing his own workshop at St
Albans. He volunteered for salvage work in Florence following the flood in
November 1966 and was later appointed Technical Director of the conservation
system set up at the Biblioteca Nationale Centrale and to the Committee to
rescue Italian Art (USA) 1967-72. In 1972 he was invited to design and
establish a workshop and laboratory in the Library of Trinity College
Dublin. He has contributed articles to The Paper Conservator and the New
Bookbinder, and taught and lectured in Ireland and the UK, the USA and
Jim Bloxam is Senior Book Conservator in the Conservation Department at the
Cambridge University Library, working on early printed books, manuscripts
and archives. He is an Accredited Conservator/Restorer of the Institute of
Paper Conservation and has an Honours degree (First Class) in Art History.
His particular research interest lies mainly in the history of books; their
structural qualities and cultural context.
Kristine Rose graduated from Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts BA (Hons)
Conservation course in 2002. Since graduating she has been employed by
Cambridge University Library, where she has worked on a variety of
manuscript material. She has also worked as a volunteer on the Montefiascone
Library Project for the past five years.
Costs: £345 UKP ($640 US. 495 euros) per week for all tuition (which is in
Scholarship: The Nicholas Hadgraft Montefiascone Scholarship is a new award
from Conservation-by-Design. The successful applicant will be offered £1000
towards tuition and accommodation for the Montefiascone course(s). For
further information see Conservation-by Design website.
Accommodation: Participants may stay in our centrally-located house, with up
to three persons per room. There are three bedrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms
and a large sitting room. Prices are £12 ($22 US) per person per night.
There are also three centrally-located hotels, with special rates for
participants on the Montefiascone Project.
For further information, contact Cheryl Porter:
7 Venice Lodge. 55 Maida Vale. London W9 1SD. England
Telephone +44 (0)7899856314. / +44 (0)207 266 0505
Email: chezzaporter@xxxxxxxxx
Or consult our website: www.monteproject.com

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