Bookbinding Class: Core Skills

Learn basic bookbinding skills in Sydney's Inner West


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (3)

5 hours Class size 1 to 16

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


Learn to fold, cut, paste and sew papers into beautiful books in this bookbinding class in Sydney! This class focuses on core skills that is fundamental to bookbinding.

In this one-day class, you will be amazed at what you can achieve and learn. Take folding and cutting to a new level, when we challenge your creativity on making innovative books and paper structures.

Through the process of making four different books designs, you will learn important techniques that will get you on your bookbinding journey in no time.

Create four distinct projects with us:

  • Concertina Books - learn to fold, cut and design many variations
  • 360 Round Book - fun and great for artists books
  • Pamphlet Book - single section sewing with hardcover
  • Star Book - work three-dimensional in this multi-layered book

Join us for a fantastic day in a Traditional Bindery, located in the heart of Sydney. Taught by Bookbinder Isabelle McGowan with 15 years teaching of experience in Europe.


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 tools and materials provided for, we use good quality art paper and there will be a large selection of decorative papers to choose from to finish your books in style.
 
What to bring
  • 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 and Lion Bindery - 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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