The Art of Hand Bookbinding is taught in Boulder Junction

The link below leads to a short interview Channel 12 did with Florian Bieschke in conjunction with an Atelier presentation at the Boulder Junction Public Library in April.

Upcoming presentations include Dillman’s on May 19th at 4 PM and the Mercer Public Library May 29th at 7 PM.

The Art of Hand Bookbinding WJFW



Atelier Bindery on 2013 Northwoods Art Tour

atelier5Atelier Bindery is proud to announce our participation in this year’s Northwoods Art Tour. In the spirit and tradition of the tour, we will open the bindery to the public for tours and unique demonstrations of ancient bookbinding techniques and equipment. From leather and cloth coverings to blind tooling and much more, we will have a full schedule of events for these two special weekends. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the art of bookbinding up close! We will also have custom cloth and leather journals and sketchbooks for sale, as well as samples of our restoration services. Updates will be forthcoming as the tour draws near.

The bindery is only one of many studios participating in the Art Tour. Check out the NWAT website for more details!

“More than 30 of Northern Wisconsin’s finest artists will open the doors of their studios and galleries from 10 AM to 5 PM on July 26th, 27th, 28th and October 11th, 12th and 13th, giving a unique behind the scenes opportunity to witness the creative process in the natural settings which provide their inspiration.

The self-guided tour winds through some of the prettiest back roads and byways in Vilas, Oneida, Iron, Langlade and Lincoln Counties. Art lovers will not only meet painters, potters, photographers, furniture makers, book binders, wood carvers, jewelers, glass and fiber artists face to face on their journey, but also enjoy the process of discovery and potential for unexpected delight.

Many of the galleries featured on the tour are open throughout the year. For the studio artists who often work alone, the tour is a wonderful way to interact with the community, answer questions and share lively discussions in addition to demonstrating and selling their work” (NWAT 2013)

New Article: Atelier Bindery reviving the technique of hand bookbinding

Atelier Bindery was fortunate to be interviewed by the talented Sarah Hirsch this Monday, October 29th, 2012. Ms. Hirsch’s article appears in the Friday November 2, 2012 edition of the Lakeland Times and is also available online. We are grateful to Sarah Hirsch for her excellent reporting and to the Lakeland Times for printing it. Read the article online here.

Florian Bieschke, owner of Atelier Bindery and Emily Umentum, Apprentice-photo by Sarah Hirsch

Treasure Island Transformed Part 2

Enjoy the completion of Treasure Island! Note that slides may be paused by hovering over the slideshow towards the bottom of the viewer.

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‘The Art of Hand Bookbinding’ Presentation at Minocqua Public Library

Come one, come all to the first official public presentation of the Atelier Bindery, hosted by the Minocqua Public Library on Thursday June 28th from 6:30-8 PM.

This special presentation will trace the creation of a fully restored, hand bound leather book.  Also, examples of repairs and restorations will be illustrated, and sample bindings will be displayed along with a selection of tools and materials.

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.  Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, we look forward to seeing you there!

Introductory Bookbinding Workshops in Summer 2012

This summer, Atelier Bindery is excited to start offering Introductory Bookbinding Workshops. This new summer workshop, taught by binder Florian Bieschke, is a five day, immersion-style experience which includes all needed tools and materials for the beginning binder to make a classic case-bound blank book, perfect as a handmade gift for a loved one or as a personal journal or sketchbook!

Introductory Blank Book-bound in buckram and hot foil stamped-by Atelier Apprentice Emily Umentum

This workshop covers in detail proper bookbinding terminology, the properties of paper and other binding materials, and the entire process of binding: from folding and gathering, sewing the book on linen tapes, spine-rounding, headbanding and final casing in of a 6 1/2″ x 9 7/8″ x 3/4″ book.

Concentration is on terminology, technique and process sequence. Class size is limited to four students, so this is truly a unique opportunity for individualized instruction. The class fee is $525 which includes 25 teaching hours, and all tools and materials. Call the bindery for more information or to register today at 715-358-5470.

Workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • June 4-8
  • June 18-22
  • July 9-13
  • July 23-27
  • August 6-10
  • August 20-24
  • September 10-14
  • September 24-28