BINDING TREATMENT, CLOTH AND PAPER
JULY 15 – 19 | PETER GERATY
This course introduces basic methods of cloth and paper book restoration and conservation as well as the reasons for performing, or not performing, conservation treatments. The class members will work together to determine the best treatment options for their own books, which they bring to class, while also considering the ethics of performing those treatments. They will learn to repair damaged cloth and paper bindings, rebuild the book’s structure, dye and color materials to affect sympathetic repairs and enhance the book’s usability. Students will learn the theory and practice of using appropriate materials to achieve stability and strength in their bindings. Japanese paper, linen and various adhesives will be explored and used as students progress through the class. Students will complete a minimum of two binding treatments by the week’s end.
Students should have previous experience in bookbinding. This class is a prerequisite for Binding Treatment, Leather.