Isabelle McGowan, paper craft and ink teacher

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.






Classes


Introduction to Bookbinding Class - Intensive

date_range 1 Aug, 9 Oct

location_on St Peters

1 to 12

label $260

Bookbinding Course for Beginners

date_range Sat 4 Sep, 9:30am

location_on St Peters

1 to 16

label $260

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Book Repair and Restoration Workshop

date_range 8 Sep, 17 Nov

location_on St Peters

1 to 30

label $150

Bookbinding Class: Paperback to Hardback

date_range Wed 13 Oct, 10am

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $150

Creative Bookbinding Workshop: Mononoke

date_range Tue 7 Sep, 9:30am

location_on St Peters

1 to 12

label $150

Caterpillar Bookbinding Class

date_range Thu 9 Sep, 9:30am

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $150

Sketchbook Making Workshop

date_range Sat 16 Oct, 9:30am

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $200

Relief Block Printing Class: Lino and Rubber Block

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Peters

4 to 20

label $150

5.0 (1)

Bookbinding Class: Venetian Journals

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Peters

6 to 10

label $150

Traditional Paper Marbling 1-2-1

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Peters

1 to 4

label $300

Beer and Bookbinding Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Peters

1 to 30

label $30

Coptic Bookbinding Class

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $150

Bookbinding Class - Level 1

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

1 to 10

label $300

Bookbinding Class: Flat-back Case Binding

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

6 to 8

label $200

Bookbinding Class: Traditional Artist Portfolio

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $250

Bookbinding Class: Concertina Star Carousel

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

8 to 12

label $150

Bookbinding Class: Decorative Stitched Journal

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

6 to 20

label $150

Creative Nesting Box Making Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

1 to 8

label $200

Traditional Paper Marbling: Taster Class

date_range Contact for details

location_on St Peters

8 to 20

label $60



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Reviews

(3)



Alice Young Apr 2021

Bookbinding Course for Beginners



I couldn’t have loved this class more! Isabelle is an amazing teacher - knowledgeable and patient. I love her back story too - all contributing to the experience she shares - her time training in Italy and Scotland and building her business with national institutions in the UK. Can highly recommend this class.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Alice Young

Amanda Walsh Dec 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Relief Block Printing Class: Lino and Rubber Block



A really great class. Lovely teacher who is extremely knowledgeable. Great location in a creative hub and I went home with lots of lino blocks and skills to continue on my own. A great day!


Tegan Webb Mar 2020

12 ClassBento workshops attended • 12 reviews

Bookbinding Course for Beginners



Amazing two day course! Very fast paced and comprehensive, with not group and individual instruction. Awesome new studio location. Isabelle really knows her stuff! Highly recommend.

Bookbinding Course for Beginners review by Tegan Webb Sydney



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