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    Decorative Marbled Paper Course: Introduction

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    Shepherds Bookbinders

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    Four hour






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    About this workshop

    This introduction to marbling in Victoria is the perfect way to get involved in this mysterious and amazing craft.

    Did you know?

    For approximately 400 years, the secrets of marbling paper were kept closely among the masters. Bookbinders were anxious to learn these secrets, since it was fashionable to use marbled paper as endpapers. Then, in 1853, a marbling master named Charles Woolnough published a book titled The Art of Marbling, which turned paper marbling into a popular handicraft and opened the floodgates for its use in everyday bookmaking.

    In this class

    In this full day course you will learn to marble on A4 paper using traditional methods and techniques. You will create a stack of different designs using a whole range of plane and coloured paper.

    All materials will be provided but we strongly advise that you wear cloths and shoes that you don’t mind getting messy.

    We will also send you your finished marbled paper if it doesn’t dry in time on the day.

    Now you can

    • Wrap gifts in your own handmade paper
    • Continue to marble your own paper at home
    • Meet other crafting enthusiasts

    Your guide

    Freya has been a bookbinder for 7 years and has worked in various binderies across the South of England. Freya is also a freelance photographer & artist. These days she can mostly be found taking pictures, or teaching as principal instructor for Bound by Veterans, a charity teaching City & Guilds bookbinding veterans. She also runs workshops on various aspects of bookbinding, marbling and photography in a range of venues across the South.

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    Shepherds is one of the oldest bookbinding companies in England, specialising in fine binding, restoration and the conservation of books and manuscripts.

    Just a few minutes’ walk from Victoria station, shepherds at Rochester Road has been home to hand bookbinding for over twenty five years.

    The bindery employs craftsman with a broad range of traditional and modern skills: paper conservation, hand-sewn pages, gilt edges, fine leather covers and gold finishings.

    Workshops are open to the public and feature a variety of topics from box making to paper cutting.


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