Bookbinding Class: Flat-back Case Binding

Learn case binding techniques with an expert in Sydney


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (3)

5.5 hours Class size 6 to 8     label $150


Interested in learning bookbinding? Join Isabelle McGowan in St Peters and explore the fun case binding technique.

Case binding is a way of making books whereby the cover (the case) is made separately from the text block and then attached to it. This one day workshop provides an intensive introduction to bookbinding without any prior knowledge.

You will learn skills in the technique of hand bookbinding, enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings.

Over one intensive day, you will learn how to fold, sew, cover and complete a flat-back case binding, covered in full cloth with beautiful marbled endpapers.

This course is for anyone with an interest in hand binding. It is a very thorough course providing essential skills that will take you through your whole binding journey. It is also a great refresher course for those who have learnt binding elsewhere or wish to pursue bookbinding again after a break.

Throughout the class, traditional book structures are explored, using materials that will endure over time. You will get to use a variety of tools and materials, and learn how to apply them to the sewing and construction of your book.



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 to help yourself to throughout the day.
What to bring
Bring your own lunch or cafes and food trucks available closeby.
 
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 and 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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