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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | Creating a Panel Structure Cover

Hosted/Organized by: American Academy of Bookbinding


AUGUST 3 – 7, 2020 | MONIQUE LALLIER | $800
Monique Lallier developed and created her first panel binding in 1986 on L’Écorce et le Vent, now in the special collection at the Morgan Library in New York City. This style of binding has since become an example of one of the many innovative approaches to binding that Monique is known for. AAB is pleased to offer this opportunity to learn the unique panel cover structure from the one who originated it.

The panel cover binding structure offers an opportunity to introduce a sense of surprise and an architectural element to the traditional codex form. The leather covered panel sets in a recess on the cover board and is hinged at the foredge of the binding. It opens up to reveal an environment of surprising materials, techniques and design of the maker’s imagination.

Working within the technical requirements of the binding structure, students will arrive with a simple design they have created beforehand. Initially, for the purpose of learning and with Monique’s guidance, the design will be implemented on a plaquette. If time allows, students may wish to duplicate their design using different material choices to reinforce their understanding of the structure. The focus of the class will be to learn the techniques and structural differences in creating an aesthetic, operable panel for the cover of a binding.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Fine Leather Binding or equivalent experience. Students should understand traditional bookbinding techniques to maximize their learning experience.

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