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Creating a laboratory for the teaching of bookbinding.
January 16, 2013, 11:48 am
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I have been thinking really hard about what I wanted to achieve in the teaching of bookbinding skills and techniques. I had decided that I needed to put tools and materials in to peoples hands. Literally. I needed to teach that bookbinding could be achieved with out industrial plant. I needed to love bomb the students with great materials. I needed to give away materials for them to continue to develop their skills and most importantly I needed to give accurate feedback on how they were doing against a background of warmth and positive support. Student centered with the emphasis on skill acquisition.

In the past few months I have taught two separate one day workshops, a two hour taster session and a four day workshop. I seen over 30 people. I’ve given away tools and materials and I think I have an idea of how I want to develop the course.

I think I want to be able to offer a five day course in bookbinding techniques. It can be done in four but I think five would be better. I would like the students to pair up and teach each other the technique they are learning, I want to seat on my left to be used in turn by every student so I can ensure that they are understanding the sewing techniques. I believe that if the students has misunderstood the methods it’s my fault and I will say sorry, if the work needs to be “undone” I’ll tell the student gently that I am going to start it off again. I will support and encourage experimentation. The only laws operating during the course is beeswaxed linen thread to sew the block, first and last section tipped in, grain direction observed and correct weight of thread used for sewing signatures. After we have the basics under our belts : any thing goes.

This is what the students achieved.

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The Sound of Music one is great!

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