Book Repair and Restoration Workshop

Learn how to repair and restore your own library of books


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (3)

5 hours Class size 1 to 30

label $150 (or 4 payments of $38 Afterpay)


Have you ever been devastated by damaged spines or torn paper in your most beloved books? Well, fear not! Come and learn all about book repairs and restoration in this open workshop that we run every month.

Since each session is tailored to the specific book/project you bring in, make sure you bring along your repair work, paper-backed, leather and cloth-bound books and learn to repair them with individual attention and teaching from the tutor. While some bookbinding skills will be useful for this class, it is also suitable for beginners.

What kind of work can you expect to do?

  • Accessing the damage and making a decision on what to repair, restore or renew.
  • Paper repairs in the context of repairs both in situ and to flat documents.
  • Re-backs and repairs to bound books and flat works on paper.
  • Colouring of cloth and paper.
  • Repair to corners will also be covered.
  • Paper repairs will be undertaken where necessary including the repair of dust jackets.
  • Repair of documents and plates.
  • Dry clean paper and cloth.
  • Paper repairs including in-filling and lining.
  • Tone paper and cloth.
  • Repairs to leather-bound books.

This is not a course taught in one particular technique. You will get to learn and practice repairs techniques necessary to the book that you bring in - you are welcome to bring in more than one book, though you might not complete your project in one session.

At the end of the workshop, you will have some skills and know-how to continue your book repairs and book restoration at home, as well as have completed some repairs on the books you brought with you.



Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:



Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop. No experience necessary, but the workshop requires a certain level of capability and confidence in using sharp instruments and being able to follow verbal instructions is expected. Some bookbinding skills would be useful.
 
What you'll get
  • Use of all the tools required in the Bindery, with all materials supplied.
  • Expert guidance from one of Sydney’s leading Antiquarian Book Restorer, Isabelle, who can help you select materials and discuss how to apply them for your project.
  • Practice and perfect the techniques you have been shown in class and at home.
  • Self-serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
What to bring
  • Your repair work, paper-backed, leather and cloth-bound books.
  • You may wish to bring lunch, alternatively, toasted sandwiches can be pre-ordered.
Location

Owl & Lion Bindery, Precinct 75 - 75 Mary Street, St Peters NSW

Your teacher
Isabelle McGowan
Isabelle McGowan

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

5.0 (3)

Isabelle offers the largest programme of bookbinding classes for all levels in Sydney. There are workshops covering every stage from beginner to those needing more expertise.

Her specialty is in Traditional Fine Binding and along with her degree in Fine Arts, she has a great interest in Artists Books and how that can be utilised as part of your visual language.

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. Isabelle taught the largest programme of bookbinding classes through her bindery the Owl and Lion, situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland. She also travels to teach all over the UK and Europe.

Isabelle relocated to Sydney in 2017. The Owl & Lion is a fully equip, professional Bindery at:
Suite 6.05, 75 Mary Street, St Peters. Contact her via the message button.


health_and_safety
Isabelle McGowan is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).

See additional precautions taken by your teacher   

Covid Update for 15th February 2021 -
The Bindery is registered as a Covid Safe Business through nsw.gov.au. Following Government regulations we implement the following measure:
Staff and visitors who are unwell will be told to stay home.
If you feel unwell, even at the last moment, do contct us and we shall arrange another class for you (evidence of a covid test could be requested).
We support distancing during class with ample workspace for each participant.
Students are assigned to specific work station and minimise movement will be encouraged between these stations, where reasonably practical.
Hand washing and hand sanitisers are provided throughout, along with individual towels to wipe and dry your hands.
Frequently used areas and equipment are cleaned frequently with disinfectant.
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