Eleanor Lanham writes:

To mark our first year as Bookbinding Apprentices we hosted an End of Year Show in late October 2017. The event displayed a cross section of work made during the first year from cloth bound case bindings to historic models. It was a chance to celebrate the existence of the scheme, thank everyone involved from sponsors to tutors and look at what Matt and I have achieved throughout the past year.

The end of year one marked completing levels 1 and 2 of the City and Guilds qualification in Bookbinding. In order to prepare for our assessment we gathered all of the work we had produced in the first year and selected which pieces to show and which to hide! This process really highlighted not only how much we had produced, but also how much we had learnt over the last year, from the single section pamphlet binding we had both created at our interview to the Coptic models and leather case bindings we have made more recently.

New Intake

Showing Emily and Laura the new intake of Apprentices our work from year one

For each City and Guilds unit we created a portfolio/ stack of design ideas, samples and presentation pieces with accompanying research and documentation. Our work was initially assessed by Alison Strachan, Bindery Director at Shepherds and then moderated by Margaret Walker from the City and Guilds.

 2nd Margaret El Freya

City and Guilds external assessment at Shepherds Bindery

An end of year show seemed like a marvellous way to finish the year and good opportunity for us to be awarded our Levels 1 and 2 certificates (at this point we still didn’t know our grades, so this was the big reveal!). The show took place in the Royal Library, where our work was displayed in chronological order over three tables. The display looked at what we have achieved and included; Case binding in full, half and quarter cloth and leather, photograph albums and non-adhesive bindings such as a 10th Century Coptic model. We also displayed a few special bindings from the Royal Collection including bindings by Katherine Adams and Gregynog press.

 Lib 1

End of year show display in the Royal Library

 Lib 2

End of year show display in the Royal Library

The show was a brilliant evening, made better by the fact Matt and I both got a Merit in Level one and a Distinction in level 2 - all in all really looking forward to next year! Thank you to everyone who came, and all those who are supporting the scheme.

You can read a full end of year report here.


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