Tanja Bolenz: Stonework, Calligraphy, Bookbinding
 

Hand Bookbinding: Workshops

I offer workshops in the following three areas:


Student work: multi-section casebinding, tacket binding, box making.


I. TRADITIONAL BOOKBINDING

1. MULTI-SECTION CASEBINDING

BINDING: Sewn book-block.
COVER: Linen spine & corners with marbled boards. Includes simple marbling technique.
SIZE: Approx. 23.5 x 15.5 cm.
COMMENT: Makes a good journal. Suitable for rebinding most books, magazines, etc. Single section variant also available (1-day workshop).
DURATION: Two-day workshop.

 

2. DELUXE PHOTO ALBUM (HORIZONTAL FORMAT)

BINDING: See casebinding.
COVER: Either full cloth cover or as in casebinding.
SIZE: Approx. 25.0 x 35 cm.
COMMENT: A sturdy binding which opens flat.
DURATION: Two-day workshop.

 

3. JAPANESE BINDING

TRADITIONAL AND/OR ADAPTED WESTERNISED VERSION

BINDING: Stab-sewn book-block, includes several decorative sewing techniques.
COVER: Handmade paper or Tyvek (manmade) cover material.
SIZE: Approx. 14.5 x 20.0 cm.
COMMENT: Decorative binding, various uses: e.g. Journal, Sketchbook, etc.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

4. LIMP-PAPER BINDING

BINDING: Sewn book-block.
COVER: Strong handmade paper, decorative sewing on spine possible.
SIZE: Approx. 22.0 x 12.0 cm.
COMMENT: Originates from the 14th and 15th centuries. Attractive & flexible binding. Various uses: e.g. Journal, Sketchbook, etc.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

5. PORTFOLIO CASE

CASE COVER: Outer case—linen; inner case—heavyweight paper. Includes closing string.
SIZE: Optional.
COMMENT: Useful storage case for lightweight paper articles.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

6. COPTIC BINDING

BINDING: Sewn book-block on leather thongs.
COVER: Strong handmade paper, includes leather ties for closure.
SIZE: Approx. 20.0 x 14.5 cm.
COMMENT: Medieval book structure (see Comment for #4).
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

7. CLAMSHELL BOX (OR DROP-BACK BOX)

BOX CASE: Linen covered trays: linen covered and paper lined.
SIZE: To any specification.
COMMENT: Very sturdy & versatile.
DURATION: One-and-a-half-day workshop.

 

8. PAPER STORAGE WRAPPER

COVER: Strong card, includes tie string.
SIZE: To fit small to medium-sized books.
COMMENT: Easy & quick to make. Effective protection against dirt and dust.
DURATION: Half-day workshop.

 

II. ALTERNATIVE BOOK STRUCTURES

COMBINING TRADITIONAL SEWING TECHNIQUES WITH UNUSUAL BINDING METHODS AND COVERING MATERIALS.

1. BROCHURE BINDING

BINDING: Sewn book-block onto flexible linen spine.
COVER: Paper covered slip-on boards. Decoration possible on spine.
SIZE: Approx. 20.0 x 14.5 cm.
COMMENT: Flexible linen spine enables book to lie open extremely flat. Calligraphers will love it. A lightweight version is also available.
DURATION: One-day workshop.


TYVEK COVER BINDINGS

TYVEK IS A MAN-MADE MATERIAL AND USED IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY

 

2. TACKET BOOK

BINDING: Book-block sewn into prepared cover.
COVER: Hand-coloured Tyvek, combined with leather elements.
SIZE: Approx. 14.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: Versatile type of binding: e.g. Journal, Diary.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

3. 4-PIECE SLOT BOOK

BINDING: As its name suggests, all book components are slotted into one another and sewn together.
COVER: See comments for #2.
SIZE: See comments for #2.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

4. LONG STITCH BINDING

BINDING: Medieval book structure. Book-block sewn into prepared cover.
COVER: Sturdy handmade paper, includes vellum (or Tyvek) on spine & vellum (or Tyvek) closure tabs.
SIZE: Approx. 18.0 x 12.0 cm.
COMMENT: Decorative, flexible and sturdy.
DURATION: One-day workshop.


5. LONG-STITCH TYVEK BOOK

BINDING: Book-block sewn into prepared cover.
COVER: Hand-coloured Tyvek combined with various decorative elements.
SIZE: Approx. 14.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: Let your creativity loose here.
DURATION: One-day workshop.


6. LEATHER TAB BOOK

BINDING: Book-block sewn into prepared cover.
COVER: Strong handmade paper (or tyvek)
SIZE: Approx. 14.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: Playful, fun & decorative.
DURATION: One-day workshop.


7. LONG STITCH & KETTLE STITCH BINDING

BINDING: As #4, but uses leather on spine, instead of vellum.
SIZE: As #4.
DURATION: One-day workshop.


8. EXPOSED SPINE BINDING

BINDING: Book-block sewn into prepared cover.
COVER: Strong handmade paper or Tyvek.
SIZE: Approx. 14.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: Playful, fun & decorative.
DURATION: One-day workshop.

 

III. NON-ADHESIVE BINDINGS

UP TO THREE BINDINGS CAN BE PRODUCED IN ONE DAY FROM THE SELECTION BELOW, OR IN COMBINATION WITH ONE OF THE NON-ADHESIVE BINDINGS AND ONE ALTERNATIVE BOOK STRUCTURE FOR A ONE-DAY WORKSHOP

1. PAMPHLET BINDING

BINDING: Single section with wrap-around cover.
SIZE: Approx. 16.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: Quick and easy way of binding a simple calligraphic manuscript book. (A 2-section variant is also available.)


2. PAPER SLOT BINDING

BINDING: Single section with separately wrapped boards.
SIZE: Approx. 16.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: As #1.


3. ORIGAMI COVER BOOKLET

BINDING: Single section with wrap-around cover.
SIZE: Approx. 16.0 x 10.0 cm.
COMMENT: As #1.


4. VARIOUS CONCERTINA-TYPE BINDINGS

LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES

a) Pamphlet Concertina
b) Accordion Concertina
c) Two-fold Concertina bindings (five variants).
d) Concertina with hinges
e) 2-section Concertina

HEAVYWEIGHT STRUCTURES

a) Slip-in, Slip-out Binding
b) Up and Down Concertina
c) Tyvek Cover Concertina
d) Concertina Booklet Sewn on Leather Tabs
e) Kettle Stitch Concertina
f) Multiple Section Concertina

SIZE: Variable
COMMENT: Up to 3 bindings can be produced in one day.
DURATION: One-day workshop