Develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects. Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level. Our courses also include talks by contemporary practitioners. Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.
Look at the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper, both as flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at Build.
An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
Sharpening bookbinding knives is an acquired skill. Learn the basics as well as exploring different types of sharpening stones, the importance of the bevel, edge paring, strops, spoke-shaves, how to sharpen and more.
Try something new by working with a range of materials not commonly associated with bookbinding. Discover the potential of strong, translucent yet colourful plastics and transform them into a range of exciting books.
Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required. Tutor: Nesta Davies.
Get creative with a variety of leather decorating techniques. Learn how to prepare leather onlays, experiment with back paring, leather dying, cold gilding, collage work and mark making. Some experience preferred.
This course is designed to explore ideas of layering, depth and structure using sculptural and theatrical book structures, collage and paper cut-throughs. You will be able to develop your ideas and skills in the making of unique hand made books.
Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.
Learning traditional paper marbling using carrageen moss as a size.
The course takes you on a journey from the beautiful abstract art of Suminagashi (floating ink on a still water surface) and its history through Turkey and finally to traditional 19th century paper marbling in Europe.
Explore the world of Artists’ books and create your own one-off or small edition. Combine text, image and bookbinding to bring your interests to life; this course will help you develop your ideas through the structure of the book.