As I am offering myself as a
gilding mentor I feel I should tell you something about
My name is Richard Norman, I
am 59 years old, married with a 17 year old daughter. We live
in South West France.
I qualified as a bookbinder
after attending a two-year full time City & Guilds
course at Brunel College, Bristol. I was then asked to
set up a bindery by the monks at Downside Abbey in
Somerset. My wife and I ran this bindery, together with a
fine printing facility andpaper marbling studio, for
nearly 25 years before moving to France for a better
quality of life for our daughter.
We also did a great deal of
gilding, onto leather and wood as well as
Prior to the closing of the
workshops they had been voted a National Living Treasure for
the workshops contribution to the book arts.
So I feel
I speak as a mature, qualified & experienced
past five years I have been helping people into the craft of
gilding and its companion trades by offering myself as a
potential friend and mentor.
This gilding mentoring, or
one on one help and advice, will take the form that
suits you, whether you need help finding a teacher, or
suggestions about learning at home, if you need
equipment or materials I undertake to put you in touch
with those offering the best value for
I help to clear away any
misconceptions about the craft of gilding and bring
you greater understanding.
I try to take you from where
you are in relation to the craft of gilding, to where
you would like to be.
Here I offer myself as a mentor
to help you get started in gilding or perhaps help you
through your gilding project for a period of 3 months, for
the nominal sum of £15.00.
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