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Traditional craft on show at bookbinding exhibition

Where: Painswick Church Rooms, by the car park

When: Saturday, June 15, to Sunday, June 23, open daily from 10am

A fascinating insight into the craft of bookbinding will be given at an exhibition at Painswick Church Rooms from June 15-23.

Bookbinder Anne Weare has exhibited, taught and demonstrated the craft of bookbinding throughout Gloucestershire for many years.

This is likely to be Anne's last major exhibition, and she will be reducing her time spent binding in 2020.

During the June exhibition Anne is happy to discuss binding options on any project you are working on, and give advice on repair bindings.

There will also be photographs of many bindings Anne has worked on over the years and examples of repair bindings to look at.

There will also be a selection of materials from the workshop clearout, including fabric, cloth and leather at bargain prices!

Anne has focused on making some new work for the 2019 exhibition. Using her bookbinding and design skills, she has make a range of books which can be used to create an unusual journal/keepsake book, ideal for collecting family memories. Anne feels it is important to produce quality work which is affordable by most people.

All work is made by hand using traditional bookbinding methods and equipment. Work shown at exhibitions is designed and made by Anne. The original artwork for the hand blocked designs was either created by her father or herself.

A large part of her work is conservation repair binding paper, cloth or leather. Over the past year Anne has worked on many treasured family bindings, restoring the books to make them usable once more, whilst retaining all the original character possible.

Anne trained with her late father Theo Merrett, Gloucester College of Art & Design and in the bindery of Douglas Cockerell & Son in Grantchester, Cambridge, under the tuition of Sydney Cockerell. Both Douglas and Sydney were closely involved in the Arts & Crafts Movement.

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