Leather Bookbinding Class

Learn how to hand make beautiful leather books


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (1)

6 hours Class size 1 to 8 label $260


Your teacher, Isabelle McGowan is COVID-19 aware

This means that this teacher won't run a class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. on maximum number of students per class)

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We will also practice social distancing during with reduced numbers and more workspace between students.
Disinfect all tools and workshop space surfaces, provide gloves and disinfectant.

Take a walk on the wild side in this fun and resourceful bookbinding class in Sydney where you will make miniature book bindings with exotic leather!

In this class, which is suitable for people with some experience in bookbinding, we will have a play with lots of different 'wild' leathers to work with - goanna, cane toad, emu, ostrich, eel, salmon, snake, to name a few and bind them with a 'quick leather binding technique' developed by Isabelle. These bindings will be miniature, all under three inches.

Over one intensive day, you will learn how to make four variations of a Bradel style bookbinding technique in miniature.

At the end of the class, you will take home a little library of mini books cased in a specially made box, as well as the skills to continue this relaxing and fulfilling practice at home!



Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:



Knowledge Required
This is a technical class. Those who have completed the beginner's course in bookbinding or already have some experience with bookbinding is preferred.
 
What you'll get
- Four handmade miniature book bindings to take home.
- All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery, along with self-serve tea, coffee and biscuits.
- You will get the chance to use different leathers like; toad skin, ostrich, lizard, salmon and snake skins and learn how to apply them to the construction of a miniature book.
 
What to bring
You may wish to bring lunch along with you, or alternatively, toasted sandwiches can be pre-ordered.
 
Suitable for

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

Location

Owl & 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 (1)

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.

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