Book Repair and Restoration Workshop

Learn how to repair and restore your own library of books


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (2)

5 hours Class size 6 to 30     label $160


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 book restoration in this open Sydney 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. While some bookbinding skills will be useful for this class, it is also suitable for beginners.

During the workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Assess the damage and make a decision on what to repair, restore or renew
  • Do paper repairs in the context of repairs both in situ and to flat documents
  • Provide re-backs and repairs to bound books and flat works on paper
  • Colour cloth and paper
  • Repair book corners
  • Do paper repairs where necessary including the repair of dust jackets.
  • Repair documents and plates
  • Dry clean paper and cloth
  • Do paper repairs including in-filling and lining
  • Tone paper and cloth
  • Repair leather-bound books

At the end of the workshop, you will have all the skills under your belt 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.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

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 (2)

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 state 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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