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.

Both masterclasses and visits are £10 for members and £15 for non-members. Visits are priced individually. If applicable, materials are an additional charge.

Please contact Talitha Wachtelborn with any questions.

 


Saturday 10 March
Peter Jones:  Inlays, Onlays and Scarf Joints (demonstration)
Although Peter was born and grew up in Wales, he started his career in London, training and working variously in furniture restoration, leather lining of worktops and retail management. In 1985, he moved to Brighton, took up carpentry and joinery in a management post and started learning bookbinding at evening classes. Since 1988 he has been self-employed as a carpenter, bookbinder and teacher of bookbinding. He was elected to a Fellowship of Designer Bookbinders in 1995 and became President of DB in 2005. Peter is an expert in inlays, onlays and scarf joints, which feature on many of his fine bindings.

Numbers are not limited

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

 


Saturday 17 March
BOOK ARTS DAY
Tracey Bush (talk)
The day will comprise of an illustrated talk by Award winning Tracey Bush who will be discussing her work and process.

In 1995 Tracey Bush launched her first artists' book The Lost Rivers of London at the London Artists' Book Fair. She has exhibited regularly since then, and has most recently exhibited at the Small Publisher's Fair in London.

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 many works for sale.

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 14 April
Anna Yevtukh-Squire: Byzantine-style Leather Binding (workshop)
Anna studied art & bookbinding in Ukraine and has been making unusual creative books since 1998. She likes to experiment with different materials and put them in a new and unexpected context. She is based in Worcester, UK and runs bookbinding workshops across the country as well as being bookbinding tutor at Malvern School of Art (Malvern Hills College) since 2011.

During this workshop you will learn about this unique historical book structure and create an extraordinary book that will retain most features of Byzantine Binding - raised headbands, wooden boards, peg & strap fastening. Your luxurious book will be covered in beautiful leather and will close with a peg and plaited strap fastening. All the materials will be carefully prepared for you.

Numbers limited to 12 students: £30 each for materials (payable on the day)

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

 


Monday 30 April
Spring Visit: The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The Caird Library and Archive at the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) is the most extensive maritime reference resource in the world. The Library collection includes over 100,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets, 20,000 bound periodicals including 200 current titles and 8000 rare books spanning every aspect of maritime history, including: emigration, navigation, piracy, astronomy, shipping companies, shipwrecks, biographies, the two World Wars, horology, Merchant and Royal Navy. It includes many original documents, manuscripts, atlases, maps, sea charts and periodicals.

We will be visiting on a Monday afternoon when the Caird Library Reading Room is not open for research. Our visit will include a presentation of some treasures from the Caird Library collection with examples of unusual bindings and some other rare books. We will also have a presentation from a member of the Conservation Department (the Conservation Department itself is on a different site).

Maximum number of the group is 20 and the visit will last about 2 hours.

2.00pm

Venue:
Caird Library, National Maritime Museum (Greenwich)
Details of the assembly point will be sent later to members who are booked on the visit.

 


Saturday 12 May
Rachel Lyner: Yapp Binding (workshop)
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
contact

 

Secretary
Sophie McAllister
28 Harlington Rd
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA7 4AS
contact
Treasurer
Pippa Smith
1 Fairlawn Close
Southgate
London
N14 4JX
contact
Visits & Workshop Programme
Robert Pattison
Fir Tree House
Hermitage Road
Cold Ash
RE18 9JN
contact


   



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)