Bind a Unique Artist or Writers Journal

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Learn how to make you own quirky book bound in toad leather at home!



2.5 hours Class size 1 to 15

label $190 (or 4 payments of $47.50 Afterpay)
How it works
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Shipping is free, and you'll get your box delivered in time for your class. We ship nationwide.
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the interactive class.

Take a walk on the wild side with this fun and resourceful class of wild bindings!

In this interactive online class, we'll have a play with cane toad leather and bind it into a beautiful book. You'll learn the traditional bookbinding technique, which will enable you to make more books on your own.

Learn how to make one beautiful book made in a variation of a German-style bookbinding technique, in a square book format, using toad leather and beautiful book cloth.

The closing date for those requiring materials delivery in the Sydney Metro area is four days before the commencement of class

Tool and material options:

  • Options one: a full materials pack couriered out to you, free post (no tools included except needles).
  • Option two: select individual premium tools or standard tools for purchase as necessary.

Refunds:
No refunds for online workshops once commenced. A Zoom link will be sent out to you a few days before. We'll start gathering students five to 10 minutes before the workshop. Lateness will not be accommodated.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle Ting McGowan © 2018 Isabelle Ting McGowan. All rights reserved.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Bone Folder ($12)
  • Scalpel and blades ($20)
  • Board Cutter ($12)
  • Awl ($12)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Please note, this is a technical workshop. The workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected. Having some experience of bookbinding is highly recommended, especially skills in sewing a multiple section book.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
Materials you'll need:
  • 64 sheet A4 paper (at least 110gsm) short-grain, folds down to A6
  • Thread
  • Glue stick or PVA (minimal)
  • Bookcloth - at least A4 size
  • A piece of Toad skin
  • Magazines for waste paper
  • Book board 2.35mm at least A4 size
What you'll need
Tools you will need:
  • Needle
  • Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • A paper cutting knife (straight-blade)
  • Cutting mat
Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

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Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion. She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

Isabelle completed her Fine Arts Degree (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking) at the Edinburgh College of Art, in Scotland. She went on to train as a Bookbinder in Florence, Italy.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

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Dorothea Haeusler May 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


Our first venture in bookbinding, we did well for first timers, I think. Thank you Isabelle.

Matilda Hillam Apr 2022

77 ClassBento workshops attended • 45 reviews


Isabelle is an absolutely fantastic teacher. I would not hesitate to highly recommend any of her courses.
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