Bookbinding

Develop and build skills in contemporary and traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, decorative techniques and specialised projects. 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.

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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: experimental structures

    Book arts: experimental structures

    Course Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  2. Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £429.00
    Senior fee: £343.00
    Concession: £262.00

  3. Book conservation for beginners: 2

    Book conservation for beginners: 2

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to repair cloth case volumes and ’perfect’ bindings. Identify and repair different book structures such as hollow and tight backed books and how to pare and tone leather for book repair.
    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £213.00

  4. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and advanced

    Course Date: Wed 24 Jan 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  5. Introduction to gold and foil blocking

    Introduction to gold and foil blocking

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to block simple labels and spines using foil and gold leaf and how to set up and space type correctly. We'll also practise blocking on paper, cloth and leather.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £149.00

  6. Hand marbled paper

    Hand marbled paper

    Course Date: Fri 2 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learning traditional paper marbling using carrageen moss as a size.

    The course takes you on a journey from the beautiful abstract art of Suminagashi (floating ink on a still water surface) and its history through Turkey and finally to traditional 19th century paper marbling in Europe.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  7. Book arts: graphic techniques and book structure

    Course Date: Mon 5 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A series of creative exercises and detailed instructions on how to fold, sew, and bind designed pages into an eye-catching multi-section exposed-spine book.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. Bookbinding: learn to bind artists books

    Bookbinding: learn to bind artists books

    Course Date: Mon 19 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £459.00
    Senior fee: £367.00
    Concession: £280.00

  10. Start bookbinding

    Course Date: Sat 14 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of handmade books! Three days of progressive projects will guide you through core techniques and prepare you to experiment, design and craft your own unique books.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. Taster day in bookbinding

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  12. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 3 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A medley of projects to introduce you to bookbinding; come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Gold tooling on paper

    Gold tooling on paper

    Course Date: Fri 23 Feb 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: £279.00
    Senior fee: £279.00
    Concession: £279.00

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