BOOKBINDING AND RESTORATION OF BOOKS
basic course - CBLR1516
Milan, 22 October 2015 - 9 June, 2016
Cristina Balbiano d'Aramengo

This specific course will give a basic knowledge of the care and conservation of books. You will not need expensive and cumbersome equipment but will learn to take care of your books using simple materials and instruments that are not difficult to obtain. Those people who work with books or surrounded by them may acquire a correct conservation attitude.
Specific knowledge is not required.
This course is intended for beginners but participants with a basic knowledge of bookbinding will be welcome. Different kinds of experience and background make very stimulating groups.

Theory, demonstrations and practice will provide the basis of this course.
A brief history of traditional bookbinding techniques and the study of the "building" of a binding will be part of the theoretical programme, together with an attentive analysis of the original materials and the identification of the causes of damage that will indicate the correct treatment to be adopted in each particular case.

Practical demonstrations of basic care such as: dry cleaning and washing, mending and restoration of damaged papers, fixing stabilization and consolidation as well as unsewing and sewing techniques, preparation of different kinds of adhesives and restoration and retouching of the original covers both in paper and in boards, will permit a thorough understanding and will give the possibility to find suitable solutions for a wide range of problems.

All participants will be encouraged to try different techniques and will receive technical assistance and advise in order to choose the more suitable solutions for the repair of their own books (interventions on valuable books will be discouraged until a good enough understanding and ability have been reached).


BOOKBINDING AND RESTORATION OF BOOKS
basic course - CBLR1516
Milan, 22 October 2015 - 9 June, 2016
Cristina Balbiano d'Aramengo

Bookbinding and conservation - Book's learning paths