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Ambacht in Beeld Festival 21 & 22 september 2024
NDSM Loods, Amsterdam-Noord

| Fore-edge painting

Martin Frost (UK) - Zaterdag 24 september & Zondag 25 september
NDSM Loods
6 uur
€ 175
Zaterdag 24 september
Zondag 25 september

A Magic Secret Bookart

In this masterclass, you will have a unique opportunity to learn how to make your own ‘vanishing’ book painting. Fore-edge painting is a British book art practised for centuries by a few binders and artists. These curious secret paintings are hidden under the gilded page edges in such a way that they can only be seen by fanning the book. Martin is currently the only practitioner offering workshops and, having created 3500 examples, will show the technique he has used for the last 44 years. The craft has been declared ‘critically endangered’ by the British Heritage Crafts Association and awarded Martin ‘Maker of the Year’ for 2017. In addition, the national honour of the MBE was personally presented to him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Examples of this rare book art will be on display during the masterclass.


Students will be shown the correct way to prepare the book and materials, plan the image, apply the paint and finally wipe the edge to enable the painting to vanish magically. Students need to be able to handle small brushes but not necessarily be accomplished artists.


Materials students should bring: watercolour paints and a selection of brushes (sizes 4-8), a mixing plate, a small water pot, pencil, ruler, sheets of A4 paper, and some ideas as to their preferred image (the fanned edge is a slim 4:1 format).


Materials supplied: A5 gilt-edged blank books and an 8-page manual (worth £ 35) are included in the masterclass price. Loan of the book clamps is free, but they are available for sale at £ 60.


This masterclass lasts from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be a one-hour lunch break. The maximum number of participants is ten. Minimum age ± 16 (participants need to be able to handle brushes, take instructions and be prepared to focus for a day).


In collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association.



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