Bookbinding Class: Concertina Star Carousel

Learn how to make a crafty artists book


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (3)

6 hours Class size 1 to 12     label $150


Want to learn the fascinating art of bookbinding? Join Isabelle McGowan in this hands-on class in Sydney's Inner West!

The "carousel" or "star" book is a multi-layered accordion book that challenges binders and artists to design three-dimensionally. It can be viewed section by section and also opened fully to create a book in the round.

This book format was first produced in the 1930s, mainly for souvenirs or novelties and children’s books.

You will learn how to make:
A multi-layered accordion book, bound together to create layered stage-like pages. These pages are perfect for developing with imagery around a theme or text. Paper cut-out techniques will be introduced to illustrate your chosen narrative.

During the class, you will:

  • Make a creative structure and learn to think three-dimensionally
  • Get creative with your chosen theme/narrative, illustrating them with layered cut-out technique to create stage like pages
  • Have the chance to make books with an eye-popping, sculptural aesthetic
  • Enjoy a great class for teachers, artists, and graphic designers

The workshop is written and delivered by Isabelle McGowan © 2020, Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.



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.
 
What you'll get
  • All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery.
  • Bottled water, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided free for you to help yourself throughout the day.
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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