Isabelle McGowan,  teacher

Isabelle McGowan

Florence-trained Bookbinder now based in Sydney with over 10 years teaching experience

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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






Classes


DIY Traditional Marbling at Home

date_range Sun 21 Nov, 9:30am

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1 to 20

label $180 - $350

5.0 (1)

DIY Bookbinding for Beginners

date_range Sun 21 Nov, 9:30am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 30

label $180

5.0 (2)

DIY Rainbow Venetian Journal

date_range 27 Oct, 10 Nov

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $140 - $180

Learn Mononoke Bookbinding at Home

date_range 6 Nov, 13 Nov

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 8

label $140 - $170

DIY Bookbinding and Beer: Ladder Coptic Book

date_range Thu 11 Nov, 7pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 30

label $130 - $140

DIY Bookbinding and Beer: Leather Wraparound Journal

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 25

label $130 - $140

DIY Bookbinding: Family Recipe Book

date_range Sun 7 Nov, 9:30am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 10

label $140 - $190

DIY Bookbinding: Make Your Own Butterfly Knot Journal

date_range Sun 31 Oct, 9:30am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 10

label $140 - $180

DIY Bookbinding: Mini Folded Sketchbook or Photo Book

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 40

label $110 - $140

Bookbinding and Beer: Block Printing and Mini Notebooks

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 30

label $130 - $140

Make Your Own Traditional Art Portfolio

date_range 20 Nov

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 8

label $140 - $190

DIY Dos-à-Dos (back to Back) Diary

date_range Fri 19 Nov, 7pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 25

label $120 - $150

DIY Japanese Stab Binding: Snowflake Design

date_range Fri 26 Nov, 7pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $90 - $110

Make Concertina Books That Fold, Flap and Flip

date_range Sat 27 Nov, 9:30am

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 10

label $140 - $170

Make Beautiful Handmade Books Without Glue

date_range Mon 31 Jan, 7pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $300 - $400

Paint Hygge Christmas Baubles at Home

date_range Fri 5 Nov, 7pm

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 10

label $100 - $130

DIY Relief Block Printing: Lino and Rubber Block

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

8 to 30

label $120

5.0 (1)

DIY 'Wunderbuch' Tunnel Book

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

8 to 30

label $180

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DIY Sketchbook Making at Home

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

4 to 20

label $140 - $190

DIY Relief Printed Venetian Journal

date_range Your choice of time

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

8 to 30

label $200

DIY Journal Making: Traditional Hard-cover Book

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $140 - $180

Bind a Unique Artist or Writers Journal

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $140 - $170

DIY Japanese Stab Binding: Tiffany Design

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $90 - $110

DIY Bookbinding: Paperback to Hardback

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 8

label $80 - $100

Learn Caterpillar Bookbinding

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 8

label $100 - $140

DIY Japanese Stab Binding at Home

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $80 - $100

DIY Chunky Book with Leather Spine

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $100 - $140

DIY Mini Journal with Slotted Cover

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $50 - $70

Learn French Kettle Stitch Binding

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $50 - $70

DIY Slotted Stitch Sketchbook

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $50 - $70

DIY Treasure Box for Your Bits and Bobs

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 15

label $140 - $170

Make Three Nesting Boxes at Home

date_range Contact for details

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LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

1 to 10

label $250 - $300



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Reviews

(9)



Kye Merton Oct 2021

DIY Traditional Marbling at Home



I have marvelled at beautiful marbled patterns and wondered how on earth they were created. I know a little bit more about the history of this craft now and loved every minute learning the process. Isabelle is an excellent online teacher - kind, patient, no question too silly. My paper is glorious. Can't wait to make more!


Patricia Jungfer Oct 2021

DIY 'Wunderbuch' Tunnel Book



Fun class, with a good amount of interaction, Isobelle was fabulous in answering all questions. She was very generous with her help.

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Patricia Jungfer


Helen Patrice Oct 2021

DIY 'Wunderbuch' Tunnel Book



It was a lovely class, well thought out and taught, but not ultimately my sort of thing.


Kye Merton Sep 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

DIY 'Wunderbuch' Tunnel Book



I spent a truly enjoyable Sunday morning with Isabelle exploring the marvellous world of 'Wunderbuch'. I have been introduced to book binding, experienced water colour for first time and have a glorious Tunnel Book in progress. Isabelle's tuition was engaging and easy to follow. Highly recommend this class.


Cassandra Williams Sep 2021

DIY Bookbinding for Beginners



Isablle was incredibly kind and patient, guiding us all through the process of making our books. She made sure we could see clearly what she was demonstrating and repeated steps to make sure no one got lost. Thankyou for a fantastic class - I can't wait to make more books!

DIY Bookbinding for Beginners review by Cassandra Williams


Corrina-Leigh Forster Sep 2021

DIY Bookbinding for Beginners



Isabelle is a fantastic instructor and her work is flawless! 100% recommend and I have book more classes!

Paper Craft and Ink workshop review by Corrina-Leigh Forster Sydney


Alice Young Apr 2021

Paper Craft and Ink class



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

DIY Relief Block Printing: 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

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 15 reviews

Paper Craft and Ink class



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




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