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Secret Belgian Binding
Wed, April 5, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM AEST
Bio - Sandra Johnson is a Mixed Media artist, Visual Arts teacher, Bookbinder living and working in Brisbane and Logan. Her work has been seen in several exhibitions over the last few years at the Logan Art gallery. These exhibitions have included books, mixed media arts, Altered books and Eco dying
Workshop description - This is a method of bookbinding that uses a primary and secondary sewing, resulting in a distinct thread pattern on the cover and spine of the finished book. The primary sewing is used to create the textblock. The secondary sewing is used to bind the textblock to the cover boards
The secret is in the weave of the cover and in attaching the text block. It is not difficult to do, but requires patience in getting the threads taut so that the book does not wobble.
The book cover is made using three separate pieces: front cover, back cover, and spine piece. The covers are attached by sewing through holes on the cover boards and passing over and under the spine piece. The previously sewn textblock is attached when the threads that pass under the spine piece also pass through the stitches on the spine of the textblock. The spine piece is held in place only by these threads passing over and under it. It creates a distinct thread pattern on the cover and it is a very sturdy binding that allows the book to open completely flat.
Level - Beginner
Cost - $55.33 ($ 52 per person including materials + $3.33 credit card fee)
Students to bring - The basic materials will be provided, however you should bring your own paper to cover the book you make. This will be an A5 book.
Minimum number of participants - 5
Maximum number of participants - 10