Regions  |  London

 

The London and South region was founded in 1980 and its area covers London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, South Oxfordshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

The London & South region runs two seasons of masterclasses and demonstrations that run from September to December and from January to May. In addition to this there are two annual visits to libraries, binderies, museums, tanneries or conservation studios.

Unless stated otherwise all events run from 10.30am - 3.30pm with a brief break for lunch and are held at The Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1 8PH (map). The pedestrian entrance is between 34 & 36 Kelly Street and there is limited car parking at the rear of the building on Church Avenue, off Kentish Town Road near the corner with Prince of Wales Road.

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are local cafés and sandwich shops within a few minutes' walk.

Demonstrations are £15 for members and £20 for non-members. Workshops are £20 for members and £25 for non-members. Visits are priced individually. If applicable, materials are an extra charge.

Please contact Talitha Wachtelborn with any questions.

 


Saturday 9 February 2019
Mylyn McColl: Fabric book covers; an alternative technique, plus AGM (talk & hands on)

Mylyn has been working as a professional bookbinder for over 10 years. She has twice been awarded prizes in the DB annual competition and currently works in a small bindery as well as teaching the craft.

In this demonstration she will share a technique for using fabric for covering books that she developed through necessity after having several clients wishing to use different materials from tartan to silkscreened cloth. She admits to struggling with backing fabric to use as covering material and needing to find a way to avoid this process.

In the morning she will demonstrate this technique and tips for using different fabrics to create ¼ and full cases. In the afternoon binders will have the chance to cover a sample board with fabric.

Tools and materials will be provided with an £8 charge each student for materials. If you have any fabric you would like to use please bring it to try. And bring your own hand tools: small cutting mat/small paste brush/Teflon folder/masking tape/craft knife or scalpel/good scissors/30cm ruler/pencil/set square 

The afternoon hands-on will be limited to 12 students but you can observe if you don’t get a place. 

The AGM will be held at lunchtime.

Venue:
Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Kentish Town
NW1 8PH
(map)

 


Saturday 9 March 2019
Nicky Oliver: Demo & Do - Leather Dying Techniques (Demonstration/Hands on)

This one day workshop will be a mixture of some short demonstrations and hands on experimenting. We will be using a selection of different dyes and exploring each of their uses and limitations.

This workshop is open to anyone; from the amateur wishing to learn about dyes to the professional wanting an opportunity to play and discover.

Some leather will be supplied but feel free to bring your own pieces to play with.

Numbers will be limited to 12 students: there will be a £30 materials charge.

Venue:
Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Kentish Town
NW1 8PH
(map)

 


Saturday 6 April 2019 
Book Arts Day: David Jury plus Fair and Exhibition (talk, fair, exhibition)

The main aim of the day is to increase the knowledge of Book Arts amongst members and to encourage dialogues, and collaborative networking between Book Artists and Bookbinders.

The day will comprise of an illustrated talk by David Jury an author, editor, and designer of books concerning typography, printing, graphic design and Book Art. He is also a lecturer in Typographic Enquiry on the MA Typography course at Cambridge School of Art. Prior to this position, David created and led the MA Art, Design and the Book at The Colchester Institute. He is also proprietor of the Fox Ash Press, designing and letterpress printing limited edition books from his studio. These books are in international collections including the Tate Gallery, Yale Centre for British Art and the Nationale Bibliotheek van Nederland.

There will also be a Book Arts Fair presenting a variety of emerging and established Book Artists who will be happy to discuss their work, with most works for sale.
Some artists will be demonstrating their techniques.

There will also be a mini exhibition of Sonia Serrao’s personal collection of Artists’ Books collected over the last 20+ years.

Venue:
Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Kentish Town
NW1 8PH
(map)

 


Saturday 13 April 2019         
Glenn Bartley: Spine Linings and Headcaps (demonstration)

Glenn Bartley is a professional bookbinder and gold finisher who trained at Guildford and in Oxford. He established his own workshop in Culham, Oxfordshire in 1991, and has taught widely for both DB and SoB as well as presenting at conferences. Glenn was elected a Fellow of DB in 1999 and won the DB Bookbinding Competition - Silver Medal - in 1996, and the Society of Bookbinders Fine Binding prize in 2005.  His work is in many collections, both private and public. He is currently the Senior Bookbinder at the Royal Bindery in Windsor Castle, working on a variety of projects for the Royal Household and the Royal Collection. He also manages the five apprentices on the Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and enjoys passing on his skills and experience.

Glenn will discuss and demonstrate a variety of techniques and styles for lining and preparing the spines of books to be covered in cloth, buckram and leather. Particular emphasis will be made on how the book functions and the pitfalls to be avoided. He will then similarly demonstrate headcaps in a similar way including treatment of hand-sewn and machine-made head bands, and moulded headcaps.

Lots of hints and tips along the way.

Numbers unlimited

Venue:
Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Kentish Town
NW1 8PH
(map)

 


Saturday 11 May 2019
Rachel Lyne: Yapp Binding (Workshop Repeat)
Rachel has worked in binding and conservation since graduating in 1999 with a degree in Graphic Design. As well as working and teaching she is the Events Organiser for SoB Midlands Region.

At the end of the day students should have finished two books – one full leather and one cloth.

Numbers limited to 10 students: £8 each for materials.

Venue:
Congregational Chapel
Kelly Street
Kentish Town
NW1 8PH
(map)

 


 

Chairman
Philippa Räder
Bramble Cottage
99 Eastrop
Highworth
Wiltshire
SN6 7PP
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Secretary
Sophie McAllister
28 Harlington Rd
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA7 4AS
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Treasurer
Ethel Mercedes
22 Earl House
Lisson Grove
London
NW1 6UN
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Visits & Workshop Programme
Robert Pattison
Fir Tree House
Hermitage Road
Cold Ash
RE18 9JN
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PDF versions of The Quarto, London & South region's newsletter are now available in the Members' Area. See your National Newsletter for the link.


• You can see a round-up of our Autumn 2015/Spring 2016 events here (PDF)