Scriptorium Collective Colloquium

During the colloquium ‘The Continued Production of Scrolls, Handwritten Books and Inscriptions in Stones’ there will be four workshops lead by masters of arts and crafts: a calligrapher, a letter carver in stone, an illuminator, and a book restoration expert. These artisans will provide on 19 December an introduction to materials, techniques, production processes, design and function of the documents.

The colloquium is organised by Scriptorium Collective, an independent consortium of researchers, craftsmen and curators of university libraries concerned with the production, usage and research of religious books in the wider context of book cultures.

Attendees can choose to partake in one of the four workshops mentioned below. Workshop registration is required via before 16 December 2019. There is limited space, so first come, first served.

Workshop 1: Inscriptions in Stone

During this workshop, letter carver Henk Welling will demonstrate the cutting of letters in stone with chisel and hammer in the context of ancient Roman inscriptions in stone. The workshop starts with a series of pictures to introduce you to the history and practical aspects of letter carving, choice and use of materials, techniques. This is followed with a demonstration and the participant will be invited for a personal try-out.

Workshop 2: Gold Leaf in Manuscripts

During this workshop, illuminator Jaap Boerman will give an introduction to the art of working with gold leaf in documents of the Middle Ages. Boerman will demonstrate the particulars of this art and will guide participants step by step in order to learn the techniques of working with gold leaf for manuscript decoration and beautifying  initials.

Workshop 3: Ashkenazi Calligraphy (Hebrew)

During this workshop, sofer Shimon Koppenhol will give an introduction to the Hebrew Ashkenazi calligraphy. A Torah scroll (physical exemplar) will be demonstrated, with explanation about various materials for writing on parchment sheets, ink, pens, Tikkun (model), construction of the scroll (binding and wooden rollers), and the participant will learn the principles of handwriting in Jewish calligraphy script by practising some letter forms on parchment strip (kelaf).
No foreknowledge is required.

Workshop 4: Early Codex Structures

During this workshop, book conservation expert Herre de Vries will explain the formation of the upcoming early codex form, based on the example of the Nag Hammadi codices. De Vries will give a historical explanation with the help of pictures and various codex models and will demonstrate  covers, binding techniques and quire constructions with regard to their usage in ancient times. Participants will then produce an adapted version of the Nag Hammadi codices in order to explore basic material properties of papyrus, parchment and leather.

Date: Thursday 19 December 2019
Time: 17.00-19.00 hrs
Location: PThU (1st floor VU Building) De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam