A five-day practical workshop
Book end-bands (small cords or strips of material affixed near the spine, usually of hardcover bindings) can be beautiful as well as practical, and they can also tell us a great deal about a book’s creation, its provenance, evolution, purpose and relationship with other crafts.
This five-day course offers a chance to practise and clarify the characteristics of twined or woven end-bands and their technical and decorative variations.
Twined end-bands represent a distinct category of rather elaborate compound end-bands commonly found in virtually all the bookbinding traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean. Over the course of the week participants will be able to make at least six different twined end-bands – a Coptic, an Islamic, a Syriac, a Byzantine, an Armenian, and a tablet woven end-band – to be taken away at the end of the course.
An introductory lecture will explain their evolution in time and place, their classification and terminology, their structural and decorative features as well as their relation to fabric-making techniques. Working materials, a hand out with explanatory drawings and some reading material will be also provided.
The course is led by Georgios Boudalis, Head of Book and Paper Conservation at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Morning session: Introductory lecture on end-bands
Afternoon session: Hands-on basic technique of twining
Morning session: Coptic split-twined end-band
Afternoon session: Islamic twined end-band
Morning session: Syriac twined end-band
Afternoon session: Byzantine twined end-band
Morning and afternoon sessions: Armenian end-band
Morning and afternoon sessions: The tablet-woven end-band (15th-16th century Russian and Byzantine bindings)