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The Printing Charity supports craft of bookbinding

The Printing Charity has announced it is funding a new initiative to help promote the craft of bookbinding.

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Bookbinder Tom McEwan’s session at Glasgow School of Art

Aiming to increase the number of students taking up the craft and entering the profession, the charity has partnered with Designer Bookbinders to bring its new initiative, Transferring Design, to colleges and universities around the UK.

The scheme was piloted at institutions already offering printing, design, illustration and 3D studies to introduce students to the craft.

Jeanette Koch, trustee and honorary fellow of Designer Bookbinders, says: “With the closure of the last few full-time bookbinding courses in the UK, the number of students training in art and design with the skills to become a professional bookbinder has declined. As we cannot expect students to come to us, we must go out and inspire them.”

Designer Bookbinders is a charitable organisation, founded in 1951, to promote the craft of design bookbinding through exhibitions, publications, workshops and lectures.

This is a great initiative to introduce heritage skills to a new generation to help preserve the craft of bookbinding

The first four pilot sessions were run by binders Tom McEwan at the Glasgow School of Art, Mark Cockram at Lincoln College of Art and Design, Hannah Brown at Bath Spa University, and Kate Holland at the University of the West of England.

They proved so popular that further tailor-made workshops will take place on bespoke subjects requested by the students themselves, with a further introductory session planned for London.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, comments: “This is a great initiative to introduce heritage skills to a new generation to help preserve the craft of bookbinding and fits well with our other support for bookbinding with The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and our education and partnerships work supporting sector-specific training and routes into employment.”

The Printing Charity has supported those working in the printing, paper, packaging, and publishing industries since 1827.

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