As I am offering myself as a gilding mentor I feel I should tell you something about
My name is Richard Norman, I am 62 years old, married with a 21 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 gesso.
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 &
For the 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
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
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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