Bookbinding Through the Ages

In this introductory course you will learn how to make book structures dating as far back as the second century. Over the five days of the course we will learn a variety of paper decorating techniques that you will later use in the books that you will make. The book structures will include limp paper bindings, a Coptic binding and a hard cover case binding among others. We will also be exploring several common book and paper repair techniques. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.

About Joe Landry and Katherine Victoria Taylor:

About Joe Landry
Joe Landry has been teaching Book Arts at NSCAD University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the past 17 years. He developed a love for bookbinding while working at his uncle’s bindery on St. Margaret’s Bay Road in Halifax. He has extensive training as a Bookbinder and has studied binding and printing at the London College of Printing in the UK; additionally he has a degree in the Conservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts from West Dean College, in West Sussex, UK. Joe has also trained in Italy, and is an expert in Byzantine and Medieval bindings. During his career Joe has made books for the Royal Family and has worked on books from The Great Fire of London. He owns and operates Leaf by Leaf, where he specializes in book and paper conservation and custom fine bindings.

About Katherine Victoria Taylor (apprentice)
Katherine Victoria Taylor has been working with Joe as his apprentice for over two years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and is the organizer of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists’ Guild as well as the Letterpress Gang. Katherine and Joe have worked with notable clients such as The Book of Negroes mini series, University of Kings’ College, Saint Mary’s University and celebrated actor Tom Selleck.