Teaching so that the craft of bookbinding is not lost over time
In my classes and workshops I convey and share with my students the manual techniques that I use as a professional bookbinder and restorer of ancient books. Teaching has always been a passion of mine that I enjoy. It also allows this profession to be preserved over time.
I teach the classic manual techniques step by step, using traditional materials and procedures that have been essential over the centuries in printing, in the task of preserving human knowledge conveyed in books. Each book is a challenge because each has different damage or requirements. That is what makes this craft one where you never stop learning. The school opened its doors in 1990 and has been teaching students hand bookbinding techniques for 25 years.
The classes I teach at my workshop in Madrid are group classes with a maximum of 4 people in order to give each student the attention they need and rigorously and thoroughly track the work they carry out The class atmosphere is relaxed and fun. Each student is able to bring out their own ingenuity and creativity, the best of themselves. Having fun is a key part of learning. You learn more and better when you’re having fun.
Tuesday: 17:30 to 20:30
Wednesday: 10:30 to 13:30
Over the last few years, due to high demand, I have created courses on restoration of ancient books. As students enrol, we create groups until we have a minimum of three and a maximum of five, to have weekend classes (12 hours) on specific topics relating to book restoration.
Over the course there are monographic courses such as the history of bookbinding, painted endpapers, boxes, covers, parchment bookbinding, restorative bookbinding, restoring graphic documents, restoring parchment bookbinding, and many many more.
To me, entering the world of bookbinding meant accessing a realm of serenity and enormous personal satisfaction. I have spent many truly pleasant hours of my life amidst laughter and silence, carrying out the manual process, sewing, the smell of glue, the thickness of the paste, the texture of the leather, the sound of paper rustling and the temperature of the irons.
It has been a real experience!
Ana makes you share her enthusiasm. If I already enjoyed reading my books, now I also have the pleasure of decorating and taking care of them.