Icon Scotland Group - Sewing a late-medieval Gothic binding

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National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge

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EH1 1EW

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Tutor: Arthur Green

(materials fee included in cost)

The workshop

The key structural features of Gothic bindings are the rounded spine and the strong sewing supports laced into the outer face of shaped wooden boards. Gothic bindings were produced in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, a period which saw the introduction of the printing press, and a dramatic increase in output. Commercial workshops now overshadowed monastic production and standards of binding started to alter accordingly. However, books were still hand sewn and bound between wooden boards, and relied on strong materials and a well-balanced structure rather than excessive glue and spine linings.

This two-day workshop will focus on the underlying structure of the binding and the relationship between the text-block, the sewing and the boards. The weekend will begin with a short talk on medieval wooden-board bindings, but will quickly move on to the practical. Students will work with a traditional sewing frame, sewing a model on double supports with packed sewing.

Student tickets are available at a reduced price - for more information please contact us using the link at the bottom of the page.


About the tutor

Arthur Green is an independent Book Conservator with particular interest in the history of the book. After five years working as a trade bookbinder he graduated with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2008. Following internships at The Leather Conservation Centre and The British Library Arthur worked for the Oxford Conservation Consortium, he then spent over five years working at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Arthur has published on bookbinding and conservation and started teaching in 2012. In 2016 he set up as an independent conservator and teacher, and currently has a studio near Malvern in Worcestershire.


Kit List

To ensure that students complete the workshop in the two days, pre-prepared materials will be provided including folded sections and boards. Please note that the boards will be made from laminated millboard – unfortunately there will not be sufficient time to use oak. Each student will need the following equipment:

  • A heavy weight for holding sections while sewing e.g. old iron or similar
  • Sewing keys for cords x 3 - these are important!
  • Small flat pliers like these - these are important!
  • Bent needles (which Arthur will supply)
  • Compression sticks (which Arthur will supply)
  • Thread (which Arthur will supply)
  • Scissors
  • Bone-folder
  • Your normal bookbinding kit.
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