Taster day in bookbinding

Course Dates: 16/06/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Nesta Davies

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.


What is the course about?

The course is a taster session on the craft of hand bookbinding. It is ideal for anyone who would like to know more about this area and/or who might be thinking of enrolling on one of the longer courses at Build.

What will we cover?

You will be introduced to some of the materials, equipment and techniques of bookbinding. We will fold, cut and sew
paper to make a single section pamphlet, use cloth and decorative paper to make a cover and put the two together to make an attractive notebook.There will be a chance to talk about suppliers, books, courses at Build, and to hear a little about contemporary practice.

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

- Identify grain direction in paper
- Recognise and correctly use basic bookbinding tools and materials
- Make a single section binding using pamphlet stitch
- Explain a little about the historical development of bookbinding.

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

The course is for those with little or no experience or knowledge of hand bookbinding.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will 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?

All work will be undertaken in the session. You will be taught by group demonstration, discussion, visual aids, practical tasks and individual assistance.

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

Materials for this class are included and all tools and equipment supplied. You make like to bring an apron to protect your clothes. Please bring a notebook and sharp pencil.

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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

The tutor will give you information about other bookbinding and related courses at Build at the end of the session. Suitable courses following from this Taster day include VD262 Ten projects for beginners and VD190 The Build Bookbinding course.

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


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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.

This is a very satisfying day. You don't have to have any prior knowledge and you are taken step by stop through the process. The tutor is very encouraging and makes the day fun as well as informative. You come away with a booklet you have made from scratch. Very rewarding.
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Review by VW / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
The overall course was 5 star through and through. As a result I have enrolled onto another book binding course which I am looking forward to.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
very good introduction
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
I arrived tired and left keen to carry on
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/12/2018)
Do it - this is a fantastic introduction to bookbinding. Very inspiring and you come away with a great book that you've made.
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Review by Jo / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
It is an excellent introduction to bookbinding, it will whet your appetite to continue. You will absorb a lot of information, and will have produced your first book by the end of the day, a great achievement.
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Review by Christine / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
A really we'll informed short course which would inspire one to further studies in this area.
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Review by Sue Kay / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
This is a fantastic introduction to bookbinding. The course can be taken as a one off, at the end of which you will have produced a book of which you can be proud, or as the first step in the exploration of bookbinding. It was great to be able to choose the patters and colours of your book. Would definitely recommend
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/09/2018)
It is fun. It is educational. It is practical. You will make a proper book! The course materials are of a high standard. The tutor is knowledgeable and is able to teach and pass on her enthusiasm for the subject with not one wasted minute. Why wasn’t my school like this?
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/09/2018)
This changed the way i Iook at books. While so much is mass produced it is possible with a few tools and the right guidance to produce something which is unique, functional and attractive. It is Satisfying process of construction which gives Real sense of achievement
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/09/2018)

Book your place

Course Code: VD278

Sun, day, 16 Jun - 16 Jun '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

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

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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.

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