Dreams of Paper and Book Intensive 2010

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Last week, the Paper and Book Intensive (a.k.a. PBI) published their 2010 brochure and application.

Holy crap, do I really super duper want to go.

My first choice? Jeff Peachey‘s Late 18th Century French Binding Structure – just look at the description:

Apart from the French Revolution, one of the most exciting aspects of late 18th C. French culture is the existence of two full-length bookbinding manuals. This workshop will focus on reconstructing a typical full calf French structure of this time period, by comparing and contrasting the descriptions in these manuals and examining extant bindings. In some respects, this structure is the end of 1,200 years of utilitarian leather binding — fifty years later the cloth case begins to predominate. Some of the interesting features of this style include: sewing on thin double cords; edges trimmed with a plough in-boards and colored, double core endbands, vellum “comb” spine liners and sprinkled cover decoration. Special emphasis will be placed on using reproductions of period tools, constructed from Dudin and Diderot’s Encylopedie (1751-1780). Participants will learn to use and maintain a plough, and become fluent in translating written descriptions of bookbinding into the construction of a model.

Here are the other workshops I’m drooling over:

Deborah Howe‘s Readdressing the Built-In Groove Case:

The reinforced case structure can have many applications and variations. Used in conservation, it gives the book a sturdy joint and custom fit case. In decorative bindings it can be used with variation and adaptation to create uniquely visual structures. In this class participants will make two books. First, students will create a traditional built in groove case, concentrating on the conservation aspects of this form. Then participants will create the “design binding” utilizing creative and artistic variations of the traditional form. Various decorative materials and techniques will be explored.

Emily Martin‘s Movables in a Book Format:

The earliest movables date from the 13th century, were developed by a Benedictine monk, Matthew Paris in Herefordshire, England. The form called a volvelle from the Latin verb volvere, meaning “to turn or roll around” was used to coordinate religious dates and even to predict the future. The form has endured to this day. In addition to volvelles, there are other versatile movables such as turning wheels, Victorian wheels, slides and dissolves. The class will make models of all the structures and also make a sample book using a variation on the cross structure binding to accommodate the added bulk of the pages. Participants will also be able to explore the uses of these structures with their own content and crate an editioned movable to share with the class.

PBI is accepting applications now until February 15, 2010 and they only accept 65 lucky ducks, so you better get moving if you want to go. By the way, that was directed to me, not you. I don’t need the competition, okay?

I started my application yesterday. That one page requirement is going to kill me. Of course, if I’m lucky enough to get into PBI, next comes the drama of funding. Since today’s my birthday, I’m going to wish for magical moolah in my mailbox.

That happens, right? RIGHT?!?

9 Responses to “Dreams of Paper and Book Intensive 2010”

By Emily - 15 January 2010 Reply

Good luck! I won’t be applying (too far away from Liverpool, UK) so one less book artist as competition 🙂

By elissa - 15 January 2010 Reply

Emily –

Well, I guess I won’t be putting my super-secret hex on you then. 🙂


By Clara - 15 January 2010 Reply

Elissa, here’s another exemption from your super-duper secret hex. I had hoped to go, but life has intervened and funds have to be re-allocated elsewhere. The good news is that the story’s not a sad one: my husband and I just bought a new home (which we’re very excited about), and that will be our financial priority for a bit.

Like you, ‘though, I did ogle the offerings. What a great list of workshops to choose from. I know you’ll have an amazing time.

By elissa - 18 January 2010 Reply

Clara –

Congrats on the new house! I imagine that by the time you’ve settled in, that year’s PBI will be closer to where you live (crossing fingers for you).

🙂 Elissa

By Clara - 18 January 2010 Reply

That’s absolutely the right way to think of it, Elissa. Thanks!

By Jo Bingo - 17 January 2010 Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and best of luck both monetarily and in the application process!!!!!!

By elissa - 18 January 2010 Reply

Jo –

Thanks so much!


By velma - 18 January 2010 Reply

yep, we can both go, because we have totally different wants! but it would be cool to meet you there, since we’re practically neighbors!

By elissa - 25 January 2010 Reply

Velma –

If the stars align and we both get to go, we’ll definitely have to meet up. 🙂


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