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[BKARTS] Surface gilding workshop in Boston

The following workshop brought to you by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers:

A workshop with James Reid-Cunningham
September 10, 2005
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Boston Athenaeum

Traditional binding decoration utilizes gold leaf to create discrete highlights, as in gold finishing. This workshop will focus on four techniques developed over the last five years to decorate leather bindings with gold leaf over large areas, even over entire boards. This kind of decoration is rare in bookbinding history, but can be seen in the Art Deco bindings done in France during the 1920s and 1930s. The central challenge is to make a thin coating of gold adhere without either the gold abrading off, or having the process cause changes in the physical nature of the skin, resulting in a loss of the sensual qualities of the leather.  Surface gilding gives a spectacularly luxurious effect to a binding, creating a book that glows.

During the workshop we will experiment with: types of glaire for adhering gold; application of glaire and the use of stencils or masks to create designs; use of heat and/or pressure to adhere and polish the gold leaf, including the varying effects resulting from the use of tacking iron, brass polisher and agate burnisher; sealants, coatings and sizes to preserve the gold and deter abrasion; the effect of humidity, both in the environment and of the binding skin, on adhesion and durability; methods of seamless joining of sheets of gold leaf over large areas with no cracks, gaps or mends to disfigure the design. As time permits, we will also experiment with gilding sheets of paper.

Directions to the Athenaeum can be found at:  www.bostonathenaeum.org.

About the Instructor:
James Reid-Cunningham studied bookbinding with Mark Esser at the North Bennet Street School in Boston.  He is a past Chair of the New England Chapter and is Vice President-elect of the Guild of Book Workers.  Formerly the Conservator of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Jim is currently the Chief Conservator of the Boston Athenaeum.
Jim has taught bookbinding and conservation workshops at the Paper and Book Intensive, the Garage Annex School for Book Arts in Easthampton, MA., North Bennet Street School in Boston, the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard, and the San Francisco Center for the Book.
In addition to his conservation work, Jim is also the creator of design bindings and book objects that explore traditional bookbinding structures in conjunction with modern materials such as rubber and Formica.  He has exhibited his books nationally and internationally.  Some of Jim's work can be seen at:

The price for this workshop, including materials, is $145 for chapter members, $160 for non-members.  Space is limited and will be reserved in the order that checks are received.  Please mail registration information (name, address, phone and email) and your check (payable to Guild of Book Workers) to:
Barry Spence
3 Masonic Avenue
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Questions: bspence@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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