Bookbinding

Our courses cover:

  • Bookbinding - develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects.
  • Book conservation - practical courses on paper repair, leather and cloth conservation, hand tooling and machine blocking.
  • Book arts - explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique pieces in our book art courses.
Our courses take place during the evenings, daytimes and weekends and are offered from beginner to advanced level, some also include talks by contemporary practitioners.

Bookbinding tutor Susan Doggett's exhibition, showcasing her prize winning piece 'The 2018 Almanac for the Modern Medievalist', is on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford until April 2018.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on 020 7492 2700 Monday - Friday between 10am - 5pm.

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  1. Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Book arts: creative paper engineering

    Course Date: Thu 24 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be creative with paper and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-ups. Learn folding techniques and simple book structures to create and explore your ideas. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  2. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using historical techniques and materials.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  3. Taster day in bookbinding

    Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 17 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  4. Gold tooling on paper

    Course Date: Mon 9 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a great introduction to gold tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on paper with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  5. Book arts for beginners: fold, sew and stamp

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Immerse yourself in a weekend of creative book making. You will make a range of simple folded and sewn books, learn some useful skills and try out some print techniques. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  6. Hand marbled paper

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get your hands messy investigating the history and techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out recreating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Dyeing cloth for bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip into colour: learn a range of dye techniques and discover how to line and back your dyed fabric to create stunning individual pieces of cloth for bookbinding.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Working with leather: decorative techniques

    Course Date: Thu 19 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A two-day introduction into traditional and contemporary leather decorating techniques. Are you working with leather in the context of bookbinding, fashion, textiles, fine art or jewellery? This course will broaden your expertise.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Leather jointed endpapers: structure and technique workshop

    Course Date: Mon 23 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A pacey and practical introduction to the structure and techniques of leather-jointed endpapers in fine binding. Just right for students wishing to add to or stretch their bookbinding skills. An intermediate level course.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  10. Conservation workshop: simple repairs to paper and books

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  11. Block your own label in leather or cloth

    Course Date: Tue 24 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Label yourself! Learn how to prepare and block simple labels for books, bags and more, using foil or gold leaf and a blocking press. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £29.00

  12. Visible stitches, spectacular spines: experiments in exposed sewing

    Course Date: Wed 25 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the creative possibilities of visible sewing in bookbinding. Experiment with making cover papers and with wrapping, folding and piercing to produce a set of books where the spine is the star!
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    “Small is beautiful,” they say. In this introduction to miniature bookbinding you will discover the history and appeal of this distinguished style. You will also make and take home three adorable miniature books.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  14. Build fine binding: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 18 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An advanced level course enabling you to make a full leather binding with a strong creative element. Techniques include leather-jointed endpapers, guarding, edge gilding/decoration, tool sharpening, paring, covering, inlays/onlays and doublures. Not suitable for beginners. Applications for this course will be reviewed on the 5th of June and interviews will take place on the 12th of June. There will be a second interview date in August and we will continue to accept applications until then.
    Full fee: £1,149.00
    Senior fee: £919.00
    Concession: £701.00

  15. Build bookbinding course

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners. Applications for this course will be reviewed on Tues 12th June and interviews will be held on Tuesday the 19th of June and 19th of July 2018.
    Full fee: £1,099.00
    Senior fee: £1,099.00
    Concession: £670.00

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