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Masterclass: Medieval Heart Book - Online Saturday 12th February 2023 (6-9pm)

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Make this your best Valentines date ever, by binding a Medieval heart book with us!

In this season of chocolates and candy hearts, we wondered: how, and when, did the heart become associated with romance in Western culture? The early Egyptians believed the heart was the seat of the soul; the Greeks, the seat of both reason and emotion. It’s not an unlikely association, but there does not seem to be an absolute source for it.

We will make a heart shape book in this workshop, filled with faux parchment paper, cut to shape. There is a lot of cutting down of the paper to shape, but as with all bindings, satisfying to make. The book will be sewn, lined and finished in full leather, red of course. The hard part will be deciding if you will keep it for yourself or give it away!

The first known depiction of heart = love, from Roman de la poire (ca. 1250), shows a suitor handing his anatomically correct heart to the object of affections, who looks somewhat taken aback. Within only a few years the heart symbol had become more decorative and less anatomical, and firmly associated with devotion, both romantic and religious. It’s not surprising, then, that bookbinders have been drawn to the heart shape in creating books.

Medieval  heart-shaped books were generally composed of hand-lettered and illuminated folios stitched together. In many cases the unopened book resembled an almond. When the book is opened it blossoms, so to speak, into a heart.

© Det Kongelige Bibliotek 2003
“The Heart Book,” left, dates from the 1550s. It is the oldest known Danish collection of ballads, and contains 83 love songs from the court of King Christian III.

Date: 12th February 2023
Time: 6 - 9pm

Book with a friend or lover and receive a discount.

Tools you will need:
Bone Folder
A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
Cutting mat
Magazines for waste paper

Materials in your Bookbinding Kit:
Decorated Paper
Book board

Closing date for booking:
You can pick up a kit from the bindery up to 48 hours before class commences.
For those who want a kit sent to them, please note you need to book at least 5 days before class commences.

This workshop booking is for one person only. Additional participants must book in individually, regardless of household arrangement or age.

This is a technical workshop. The workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected.

How am I eligible for refresher prices?
You are able to book in to the special refresher price, if you have completed the EXACT course with us before. i.e, this is the 2nd, 3rd etc time you are taking the same class at the Owl and Lion Bindery. No exceptions shall be considered.

Wild Binders Club members often receive an additional discount price on top. 

No refunds for Online workshops once commenced. A Zoom link shall be sent out to you a few days before. We shall start gathering students 10 minutes before the workshop. Lateness shall not be accommodated.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle Ting McGowan © 2018 Isabelle Ting McGowan. All rights reserved.