Bookbinding Class: Make a Pair of Hard Cover Journals

Make two beautiful books in one day at this Sydney bookbinding class!


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

4.9 (30)

6 hours Class size 1 to 10 (public classes), 1 to 30

label $450 (or 4 payments of $112.50 Afterpay)

Bind two essential books in one day - a flat book and a rounded back 'Bradel' German case binding book - with Isabelle at this Sydney bookbinding workshop!

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 course is designed to provide good working knowledge of materials and techniques for a novice or beginner binder.

You will develop skills in both the production and design of handmade books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings.

Over one intensive day you will learn how to make:

  • A straight-back case binding, covered with a cloth spine and beautiful, decorated paper.
  • A rounded-spine case binding, covered with full cloth cover and beautiful, decorated endpapers.

Class information:
  • 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.
  • A great refresher course for those who have learnt binding elsewhere or wish to pursue bookbinding again after a break.
  • 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.

Workshop written and delivered by Isabelle McGowan © 2022 Isabelle McGowan. All rights reserved.



Knowledge required
This is a technical workshop. No experience is 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.
What to bring
An apron if desired and please wear closed-in shoes.
 
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift, Father's Day gift or birthday gift.


Isabelle McGowan adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

Covid Update for 18th August 2021 -
The Bindery is registered as a Covid Safe Business through nsw.gov.au. Currently we are only running classes online.
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

4.9 (30)

Make Books!

Isabelle McGowan is a Florence-trained Bookbinder working through her Bindery, the Owl & Lion. She specialises in Historical Repair and Restoration of Books, Fine Bindings and Traditional Gold Finishing.

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.

The original Owl and Lion Bindery was situated in Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland.

In late 2017, Isabelle and the Owl and Lion Bindery relocated to Sydney, Australia.
Visit the Owl and Lion Bindery - we are a vibrant bindery based in the heart of Sydney.
We run the largest programme of bookbinding classes in Australia. If you want to learn to make books that folds, flaps and flips, or traditional books from scratch, we are the place to be!

This year we have programmed a series of exciting online workshops, with all things relating to the craft of bookbinding. Whether you want to expand on your crafting skills or start your bookbinding journey, we have something for you.

The Owl & Lion is now based in Sydney, Australia.
WE ARE LOCATED AT:
Suite 6.05
Precinct 75
75 Mary Street, St Peters

More about this class

This teacher has 30 reviews for their other experiences - which you can see here.

This class is also covered by ClassBento's money-back guarantee.

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