DCA Bookbinding (Part 1/6)

Last Monday night i wandered along to the first day of the DCA Bookbinding course… and it was wonderful!

For those of you that don’t know, for my final year project at DJCAD, i’m focusing on telling stories through wearable art, and promoting and obsession with storytelling. Part of the way i’m achieving this is by (planning on) using artists’ books for each piece to tell the story to the viewer/wearer.

So… a course billed as:

Try a range of bookbinding techniques to create beautiful, professionally finished books and pamphlets using only the simplest of hand-tools. You may want to create a special gift or album. Individual projects catered for.

I just had to try it out!

The course is run in the little print studio, that’s tucked away behind the restaurant downstairs in the DCA, by Emma Fraser. Emma is a book conservator and a little background would go something like this…

BA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1993.After graduation she worked as a volunteer at the Conservation Studio of theJohannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa.She completedher MA in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, London in 1997.During this time, Emma also attended bookbinding courses at London College of Printing . At the beginning of 1998 she started work as Book Conservator in the Conservation Studio at The Brenthurst Library, South Africa until March 2000 when she joined the Book & Paper Conservation Studio.She is a member of Icon and a former Regional Secretary of the Society of Bookbinders. Specialises in book conservation, photograph albums, and fine binding.

So we were in knowledgeable hands! and she did answer all my pestering studenty questions very patiently!

We started our first book! a long stitch through slotted wrapper cover binding!

…. but i forgot my camera, so you’ll have to wait until next time to see how i got on!

For now, here are some beautiful artists’ books that i aspire to:

See you for part 2…

Chloe out.


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