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 City Lit.
What students liked most about this course run in 2015/16:
"Brilliant tutor. Has inspired me to do more."
"A good level of difficulty and satisfying end product. It's useful to have the notes and handouts given to me. It's fun to have the choice of different colours, patterns."
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 City Lit, 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, City Lit 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 City Lit at the end of the session. Suitable courses following from this Taster day include VD262 Ten projects for beginners and VD190 The City Lit Bookbinding course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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