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Solander or Clamshell Box
Wed, April 5, 2017, 9:30 AM – 12:30 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 - A Solander box or clamshell case is a book-form case used for storing manuscripts, maps, prints, documents, old and precious books, etc. It is commonly used in archives, print rooms and libraries. It is named after the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander (1733–1782), who is credited with its construction while working at the British Museum, where he catalogued the natural history collection between 1763 and 1782.
The case is usually constructed of hardcover or wood, and has a hinged lid connected to its base. Both lid and bottom sections of the box have three fixed side sections or "lips"; the lid is slightly larger so that the side pieces "nest" when the case is closed. The fourth "spine" side has flexible joints where it joins the main top and bottom pieces and so goes flat onto the surface where the box is opened. The front-edge of the case often contains a clasp for closure. The exterior is covered with heavy paper, fabric or leather, and its interior may be lined with padded paper or felt, especially if made for a book. Ones for very old books will typically be custom made to an exact size. The boxes are stored flat, and are strong enough to be kept in small stacks.
During this workshop you will make your own box to fit a book of your choice.
The box however can be used for any purpose, once you know how you will be able to make them for any purpose.
Level - Intermediate
Cost - $55.33 ($ 52 per person including materials + $3.33 credit card fee)
Students to bring - Tool list: bone folder, cutting knife, cutting mat, ruler, pencil. Printed paper of your choice for inside of box approx. A3 in size, larger than A4 at least.
Bring a book which you will use to make the box.
Minimum number of participants - 5
Maximum number of participants - 10