A little bit of politics... I'm going to be running Bookbinding for Beginners workshops at the Red Lion Bookshop (Colchester's finest!) in the new year.
I'll teach you how to fold and manipulate paper using specialist bookbinding tools. We will learn two book structures - the pamphlet and the concertina - which can be used to present work, sketchbooks, gifts or as the basis for artists’ books.
1. Vocabulary of the book - ie - terms used to describe book parts: head, tail, spine, fore edge, endpaper etc.
2. Paper sizes: the ISO system of A sizes which have the same aspect ratio, i.e. - when a sheet of A1 size paper is folded or cut in half widthwise, the resulting half a sheet will have the same ratio or height and width as the sheet you began with.
3. Paper weight - measured in gsm (grams per square metre). Gsm determines the weight of the sheet, i.e. book pages can vary from 60 gsm (thin) to 150gsm (thick).
4. Grain direction - the most important thing to learn before beginning any bookbinding project! Participants will learn how to recognise grain direction and thus whether paper will be suitable for a project and how to fold and handle it.
5. Folding - accuracy is crucial and bone folders used to make sharp creases
6. A Section - the basic building block for a book. A single section can be used to create variations of a pamphlet or a multi-section case binding. A single section is created by folding and slitting a single sheet of paper to create a loose structure with multiple pages. Section folds: folio (1 fold), quarto (2 folds), octavo (3 folds) sextodecimo (4 folds)
Over the course of the workshops, participants will learn the following book structures: THREE-HOLE PAMPHLET
CONCERTINA WITH DECORATIVE PAPER COVERS
In subsequent workshops, I aim to cover more complex book structures including:
SLIM CASE BINDINGS
EXPOSED SPINE BINDINGS
MULTI-SECTION CASE BINDINGS