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Date: Thursday and Friday, 12-13 October 2017

Time: 09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Mulit-purpose Zone, 3/F, Main Library, HKU

Cost: HK$850

Language: English

Audience: 18 years and older 

Organisers: UMAG, Faculty of Arts, HKUL


Description: In this two-day demonstration, master craftsman Don Etherington will demonstrate the techniques, tools and materials required for the construction of a traditional Springback Binding.

A technique invented by the Englishmen John and Joseph Williams in about 1799, this form has been used ever since in the binding of ledgers and blank books. The purpose of the springback is to cause the book to lie flat so as to facilitate its being written in. Pressure on the sides of the book near the spine causes the book to snap open and shut. The levers assist in this snapping effect, which is enhanced by the fact that the machine direction of the lever boards is at right angles to the length of the spine.

Instructor:  Don Etherington is the Director of  Etherington Conservation in Summerfield, North Carolina. Internationally recognized for his innovative designs and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, Don brings over 45 years of professional experience. After extensive training in England, he established a four-year program in bookbinding and design at Southampton College of Art and has conducted workshops and seminars for colleges, universities and the Guild of Book Workers. Don also holds the position of Fellow in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. Don currently teaches Academy of American Bookbinding courses from his studio in Summerfield.

Registration & Enquiries Registration starts from September 18, 2017. Course fee is HK$850 per person. For enquiries, please contact Ms Chelsea Choi: cchelsea@hku.hk / 2241 5509 or Ms Elena Cheung: elenac@hku.hk / 2241 5512. Please click here for the application form.

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