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Contemporary Historic Binding

  • Penland School of Craft 67 Doras Trail Penland, NC 28765 (map)

As cultural icons, historic books enjoy a sense of timelessness that harmonizes fine craftsmanship, quirky aesthetics, and evidence of the hands that made them. With the quarter-leather bindings of the 18th and early 19th centuries as a structural baseline, this workshop will explore ways to create new compositions of these historic precedents through combinations of contemporary and historic covering materials and designs. Beginning with cutting and folding full sheets of paper into sections, we’ll cover everything from setting up a sewing frame to tooling with egg glair and gold leaf.

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