Workshop schedule for a Los Angeles Winter, 2008
- Charlene Matthews
5720 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Workshop schedule for a Los Angeles Winter, 2008.
Hello! Here is my new class schedule for the next
three months. I want to thank everyone who attended
the last classes, I feel it was a great success and
saw some Amazing Binding going on. Each class is
geared for both the beginning and advanced student, it
is too hard to give each student a class on his or her
level, all I can do is supply the equipment and
knowledge I have. Classes are limited to 5-6 people.
Bring basic binding stuff, if you are a first timer,
just show up. As per norm, we will also fire up the
Kwikprint/Stove and do some basic tool work.
I am offering some restoration classes. Basically you
will bring one of your own books that need repaired.
One class is not enough if you are serious about this.
This is just the beginning of these class offerings,
and if there is enough interest, they will become a
regular every other Saturday. Note: the restoration
classes are sandwiched between the fine binding class.
They do go hand in hand, many of the same objectives
will be covered.
Each class is $130.00 No lab fees. Classes held on
Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Bring a lunch, or get
something from Astroburger down the street. Ample
parking in the back parking lot (except in the Framer
Guys 2 spots.) There is no heating, if it is a damp
day, please wear layers!
Full payment to be made to reserve your spot, please
make checks out to Charlene Matthews. If you must
cancel, please let me know a week ahead for a refund.
Please also send all communication to my email
Feb. 2 (Groundhog day!)
Backing Cloth for binding.
The first class in this series is geared around
backing cloth for your personal bookbinding use, and
to also make some custom cloths for any classes you
are taking in the future. While we are waiting for
things to dry, we will make a quick blank `golden
book' as it is being called. We will back various
types of cloths, including cotton, silk, velvet, and
synthetics, using an adjusted Japanese method, not the
iron on stuff. Plus, experimenting on the Kwikprint
with foiling types of cloth, and discussions on ink
jetting and silk-screening cloth. Bring your own
cloth, or use what I supply. Busy day.
Basic Box Making.
In the morning we will make a basic phase box
(protective shelf box) for a small book you will bring
with you. The afternoon will be dedicated to clam
shells (drop spine) with magnetic closures. The goal
is to make a lot of boxes, to familiarize ones self
with box structure measurements. Shadow box
construction will be mentioned.
Small Leather covered boxes. Into into leather for
Pre-requisite is the box making class. First we will
make a slipcase and line the outer fore-edge in
leather. Second we will make a small-hinged box
covered in leather and do some basic leather on-lay on
the cover. You will be using the scharfix, bring a
paring knife (and scharfix) if you have one. This is
not a class on keeping your knives sharp, but you will
be thinking about knives and razor blades from this
moment onward. Basic on-lay and in-lay will be
Single sheet cased binding.
A repeat of last session, but I have some new tricks
up my sleeve. Various sewing methods for single sheet
binding will be toyed with, and then we will make the
cases. This is a basic bookbinding class that rocks.
Beginning Fine Binding.
We will sew signatures on cords, round the books and
attach the cords onto the boards. Various backing
methods will be demonstrated. You will be paring
leather on the scharfix and backing your book with
leather, and covering the boards with paper. I want
to do some basic book block edge treatments too. Hand
sewn headbands will be done in a future class. This
class is the tip of the iceberg and will be continued.
Very busy day.
Books with Strange Holes in them.
We will be cutting various types of holes with a die
cutting machine in thin board, and binding them
(hinged) in a photo album style. Richard the Fab
Assistant, has purchased this die cutting device for
the bindery and proceeds of this class are going
towards the purchase and buying some additional cool
custom dies that we feel are needed. This class is
the one that can go many directions AND anyone who
takes this class will be able to use this die cutting
machine in the future for their own projects.
Shadow boxes for bookbinders.
I have NO idea what we will be doing, but it sure is
going to be fun. Bring your own box, or trust in the
one I will supply. Bring lots of weird stuff you have
been collecting based on one obsession. More info
on this class closer to the date.
Reminder: Please contact Charlene at the email address or phone
numbers given; I am just posting this course schedule for her!