Orion - Concertina Carousel Book

Summon your creativity to make an artistic book structure

Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (1)

5 hours 1 to 8 label $150 or 4 payments of $37.50 Afterpay


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If you still want to attend this class, please first consider government restrictions in NSW. If you are currently allowed to attend, but are later prevented from doing so, we will postpone your booking accordingly. You are always welcome to gift this class.

The "carousel" or "star" book is a multi-layered accordion book that challenges binders and artists to design three-dimensionally. It can be viewed section by section and also opened fully to create a book in the round. This book format was first produced in the 1930s, mainly for souvenirs or novelties and children’s books.

This five-hour workshop, which is suitable for all levels of bookbinders and artists, will introduce the methods for constructing a multi-layered accordion book, bound together to create layered stage-like pages. These pages are perfect for developing with imagery around a theme or text. A paper cut-out technique will be introduced to illustrate your chosen narrative.

During the class, you can get creative with your chosen theme or narrative, illustrating them with layered cut-out technique to create stage-like pages.

Here is your chance to make books with an eye-popping, sculptural aesthetic! You will also take home the accordion book that you created and plenty of new bookbinding skills.

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

Knowledge Required
Ideal for all levels of bookbinders and artists. A great class for teachers, artists, and graphic designers.

What you'll get
- Learn a creative structure and learn to think three-dimensionally.
- Learn to make layered cut-out technique creating stage like pages.
- Your accordion book.
- Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied and there will be tea breaks and lunch.
What to bring
All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery. You are welcome to bring lunch or visit the nearby local cafes and markets.

St Peters, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

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, however, with her Arts degree 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.

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