Introduction to Surface Design, a workshop with Gabrielle Fox-Butler

Gabrielle Fox-Butler Workshop
Introduction to Surface Decoration

Date: February 25-26, 2012
Time: Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 9am-1pm
Location: King Library Press Pressroom, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
Cost: Members $150, Non-members $175
Materials: $50

Have you been wondering where to begin or have questions on how to execute a design on a binding?  This is the class for you!

Blind, foil and gold tooling will be demonstrated and you will then have a chance to begin practicing with guidance and information.  Please understand this is just an introduction, but if you wish to pursue it, we will discuss where to go and what to do next. Attaching objects to bindings and various methods of layering, both raised and recessed, will also be demonstrated.  You will have the opportunity to begin this exploration as well with guidance and information to continue experiments leading to satisfactory results.

Class will take place on Saturday from 1-5PM and then again on Sunday morning from 9am-1pm. Materials fee is $50. Previous experience working with leather in bookbinding is preferred. Some preparation for the class will be required in order to keep the materials fee to a minimum and allow accomplishing more while we are together.

To register for the workshop and save your spot, please contact the Midwest Programs chair, Mary Uthuppuru (

About Gabrielle Fox, our workshop instructor

Gabrielle Fox is an accomplished artisan in the binding, conservation and restoration of fine books. After receiving her English Literature and Writing from the University of Cincinnati she traveled to England where she received a diploma in Fine Binding and Conservation from the Guildford College of Technology in Surrey. She spent many years in England and is now based in Cincinnati, traveling often to advise private collectors and institutions on their collections. Gabrielle has a strong emphasis in her work on making and teaching miniature books. Her bindings have been exhibited widely and her work is represented in many private and public collections both here in the US and internationally. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books and is now writing the history of Larkspur Press.  You can learn more about Gabrielle at her website: <>.

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Home of the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, the national organization for all the book arts. The Midwest Chapter serves members in the greater Midwest region, sponsoring workshops, exhibits and other events in the areas of bookbinding, artists books, printing, papermaking, and all the book arts.

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