Bookbinding – Cross-structured and Cut-Flush


Residential course

Nesta Davies

19 September 2021 to 23 September 2021

From £464 Non-residential fee

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Try out and explore two contrasting bookbinding structures. The Crossed-Structure binding, from Carmencho Arregui, is simple yet full of potential. Flexible and endlessly variable, it works well with a variety of materials. We’ll look at a range of styles within the technique, and perhaps work on some new ones of our own.
The Tight Back, Cut Flush structure, developed by David Sellars is, in contrast, a rigid spine and flush-edged binding creating good opportunities for cover and edge decoration. Challenging but effective it will draw on a different skill set. Prepare to have some fun!
Residential Fees From: £694.   Non Residential: £464

Tutor information

Nesta studied bookbinding at the London College of Printing and City Lit. She set up her own studio, Leafwork, in north London and, following a move to Dorset now has a garden studio where she works and runs courses. Teaching has always been an important part of her work and she enjoys it immensely. She was for many years tutor-coordinator of Bookbinding at City Lit, London, where she still teaches, and was commissioning editor of The New Bookbinder from 2001 – 2012. She is currently on the committee for SoB Western Region and joint organiser for the 2020-21 series of DB/SoB Joint Workshops. Nesta works mainly to commission in both conservation and designed binding and has work in both national and international collections, including the British Library and the Neale Albert collection of Miniature Books.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.