Bookbinding: learn to bind artists' books

Course Dates: 15/06/20 - 03/08/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Sue Doggett

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.


What is the course about?

This course is designed to develop your ideas using the book format. We will explore the relationship between the structure and the concept of the book by experimenting with simple print or mark making techniques and a range of book styles which will culminate in a unique hand-made book or small edition exploring sequence, narrative and space. You are encouraged to follow your own interests and the workshop format of the course will support the development of your ideas. There will be a mixture of group demonstrations and individual tutorial support and some of the demonstrations will be determined by student requirements.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to a range of interesting book structures; from simple folded books through to more complex multi-sectioned books. Using simple print methods such as mono print and rubber stamping and exploring the creative possibilities of collage, you will develop skills in both the production and design of a handmade book. This will enable you to develop your individual skills and creativity and the tools to create more complex and experimental bindings.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select and use appropriate materials
- Explain the importance of grain direction
- Make a range of book structures
- Practise simple print and other creative visual methods to produce content for books
- Demonstrate an understanding of the book structure in relation to its contents.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, to use the hand-outs which support demonstrations and to follow health and safety information, and you may also be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?


Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The bindery is equipped with most tools but you will be expected to provide your own personal hand tools.
Nothing need be bought before starting the course. A list of equipment and suppliers will be provided at the first lesson. The class has some materials which may be bought. It is expected that you will increasingly provide your own as your experience and individual requirements and preferences develop. Information and advice on materials will be provided as the course progresses.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Suitable follow on courses might include VD310 Gold tooling on paper, VD290 Paper engineering, VD317 Papercutting collage and design or VD311 Bindings in Acetate, acrylic and plastics as well as other Build bookbinding courses. Your tutor will be able to advise you.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 2 item(s)

Write a review

Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I would recommend it unreservedly.
Course Rating
Review by Huren Marsh / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
Excellent tuition, well paced, very informative and very enjoyable , whatever your skill level. Highly recommended for those wishing to make an artist book.
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VD292

Mon, day, 15 Jun - 03 Aug '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £279.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

Download form & post

Any questions? [email protected]
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online . You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.