Paper Marbling and Book Binding 7 – 14 October 2017

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Deadline for application 20th August 2017

Taught by Kate Brett of Payhembury Marbled Papers, and Shaun Thomson, Collection Care Manager of Cambridge University Library, together with Judith Wiesner, paper conservator, this workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn about the ancient craft of paper marbling that came from 12th Century Japan, into Persia and then into Europe. They will also make a book based on a 12th-century English Manuscript (Pembroke 119 (Alain de Lille, Anticlaudianus), using alum-tawed skin. The participants will recreate the binding, using sewing and appropriate materials and techniques.

Tutors will guide participants as they make marbled paper and recreate old book bindings, teaching them about the materials and techniques that were used in the past to create objects of beauty and durability.

There will also be time to visit historic Siracusa, its monuments, museums and libraries, or simply to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the island of Ortigia and the Mediterranean lifestyle.



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Deadline for application August 20th 2017


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