Summary of the Bookbinding Workshop and Evaluation
At first workshop was proposed as "Bookbinding and calligraphy". A series of circumstances led us to choose a single activity, bookbinding, with more sessions that were initially planned.
One of the main objectives was to acquire the skills required to practice this work which contributes to the preservation of books and documents but it can also be considered as an art if there is an important and quality work.
The bookbinding can be defined as a cover which protects and contributes to beautifying; therefore functionality and aesthetics are two basic points. It was necessary to focus these two points in our work and to achieve these objectives the students had to learn gradually, step by step.
In the first session they received a more theoretical training. It was essential to know that there are several types of bookbinding; they differ in the way of grouping, sew or glue the pages and signatures.
José Antonio Sánchez, responsible for the activity, chose the “rustica binding”, which is one of the techniques used and where pages are arranged in signatures and sewn to form a textblock. The textblock is then attached to the cover or "case" which is made of cardboard covered with paper, cloth, vinyl or leather.
One of the first steps was to learn the tools and materials they would work with. Then it would continue step by step to get the final product.
The work was done at different stages:
- Folding white paper to make signatures (booklets).
- Saw notches along the fold.
- Sewing through the fold, where the signatures of the book are folded and stitched through the fold. The signatures are then sewn and glued together at the spine to form a text block.
- Backing the spine to make shoulders to the text block.
- Edge trimming.
- Case making.
The student had to become familiar with new terms for them: bonefolder,backing press, end paper, headbands, bookboard, hinge/joint, cejas (space between text block -smaller- and the bookboard edges -larger-), mull cloth, spine…
The workshop was totally practical sessions, with 24 hours of manual work plus 6 hours of business training, where the student was informed about any aspect of entrepreneurship.
Schedule: 17 to 19h.
Beginning of workshop: January 8 (Thursday).
End of workshop: March 25.
Business training: April.
The evaluation that the student has done of workshop has been very positive. The goals set at the beginning has been made largely but also interpersonal and teamwork have also occupied a very important part. Such workshops can be considered a new form of training and entrepreneurship.