Explore bookbinding, paper, book arts and conservation on one of our practical part-time courses here at Build. 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.
Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, one-term introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books through to more complex stitched bindings, as well as box making. Suitable for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.
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.
An introduction to book conservation and leather repair. Try your hand at removing book spines and repairing corners and edges. Expert demonstrations will inform and support your learning. Suitable for students with basic bookbinding skills. Tutor: Peter Spain.
An introduction to book conservation and paper repair. Try your hand at loose leaf reattachment and book refurbishment. Expert demonstrations will inform your learning. Suitable for students with basic bookbinding skills. Tutor: Gavin Moorhead.
The piano hinge binding is an unconventional design that uniquely lends itself to the use of unusual materials for its construction. This in-depth workshop covers aspects of this quirky style and its many variants. Tutor: Royston Haward.