Endbands in the Bookbinding Traditions of the East (Byzantine Endbands)
20th - 24th May 2013, Horn, Austria
Lecturer: Dr. George Boudalis
Although beautiful to look at and interesting to reproduce endbands have much more to tell about their provenance, their evolution, their purpose and their relation with other crafts.
The aim of this 5-day practical course is to demonstrate and clarify the characteristics of endbands in the context of binding structures of the Eastern Mediterranean with special focus in the Byzantine tradition. An introductory lecture will explain their evolution in time and place, their classification and terminology, their structural and decorative features as well as their relation to the weaving techniques.
Starting with the simplest forms and ending with the most elaborate woven ones the aim is to reproduce between 10 to 12 different endbands, both simple and compound, all of them copying historical examples of the 10th-17th century with a historical background provided for each of them.
Dr Georgios Boudalis is working as a book conservator at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki. His PhD focused on the evolution of binding structures in Greek-Orthodox monasteries in the post-Byzantine period. He has been a team leader and participant in various assessment visits in the context of the St Catherine’s Library Conservation project in Sinai. His main research interest is the history of bookbinding techniques in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
This course is addressed to both book conservators and bookbinders. It is rather intensive and people attending are expected to have at least a basic practical knowledge of endbanding.
The course language will be English. The deadline for application is one mounth before the course starts. The course fee plus accommodation (4 nights in a guest house which is in the same place as the course) is 480,00€ plus 10% VAT. Extra material costs might be required. For a bit higher price we can also reserve you a room in a hotel. The number of participants is restricted to 12. >>>Registration
The venue is the Renaissance castle housing the European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration.
Accommodation during the course is within the building and is included in the price.
After applikation you will be provided with further information.