PHIL RIDGWAY

AUSTRALIA

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Ballarat Winter 28th June - 3rd July 2021

Phil Ridgway

I’ve been binding books since 1997.

My first exposure to the world of bookbinding was when I saw some books bound by a friend’s aunt in France.

I took lessons in Bath and Bristol, UK, and moved to Lyon, France to further my studies there.

I’ve been working professionally since 2000, working for 2 different companies. During this time, I set up The Melbourne School of Bookbinding, teaching from a small studio in my flat.

10 years ago, I went fully self employed. The business grew, so I moved to a larger studio in Albert Park.

Bookbinding is a wonderful blend of artistic expression and technical construction: the book needs to function, and can look stunning as well. It is deeply satisfying to hold something tangible, practical and beautiful in your hands after a day’s work.

4 book binding structures / exposed sewing

Japanese bindings. Traditional and modern sewing patterns. We will dye the covers using Orizomegami techniques .

Longstitch binding: Non-adhesive binding stitched through leather covers, with decorative exposed sewing.

Tacketted binding : Based on a medieval structure. The cover is made independently of the bookblock, the tacketts holding the book together are visible on the spine.

Simplified Ethiopian binding. Binding structure using a unique link stitch, front and back covers are covered, leaving the spine exposed.

All bindings can be done with little to no experience…

What you will learn in this workshop

Longstitch binding: Non-adhesive binding stitched through leather covers, with decorative exposed sewing.

Tacketted binding : Based on a medieval structure. The cover is made independently of the bookblock, the tacketts holding the book together are visible on the spine.

All bindings can be done with little to no experience…

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