Wild Leather Bookbinding Class

Learn how to hand make beautiful books using unusual leathers


Isabelle McGowan

Isabelle McGowan

5.0 (2)

5 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $200 (or 4 payments of $50 Afterpay)


Take a walk on the wild side with this fun and resourceful class of bindings in miniature - all under three inches!

During this Sydney class, we will have a play with lots of different 'wild' leathers to work with - goanna, cane toad, emu, ostrich, eel, to name a few and bind them with a 'quick leather binding technique' developed by Master Bookbinder Isabelle McGowan.

Over one intensive day you will learn how to make:

  • Three variations of a Bradel style Bookbinding technique in miniature, using different leathers and decorative papers.
  • A keepsake slipcase box to house all the little books in.
  • You will get to use a variety of leathers and learn how to apply them to the construction of a miniature book.

Go home with a little library of mini books cased in a specially made box!

This workshop is written and delivered by Isabelle Ting McGowan © 2018 Isabelle Ting McGowan. All rights reserved.



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
  • 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 miniature books.
What to bring
You may wish to bring lunch along with you, or alternatively, toasted sandwiches can be pre-ordered.
 
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 (2)

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.


health_and_safety
Isabelle McGowan is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).

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Covid Update for 15th February 2021 -
The Bindery is registered as a Covid Safe Business through nsw.gov.au. Following Government regulations we implement the following measure:
Staff and visitors who are unwell will be told to stay home.
If you feel unwell, even at the last moment, do contct us and we shall arrange another class for you (evidence of a covid test could be requested).
We support distancing during class with ample workspace for each participant.
Students are assigned to specific work station and minimise movement will be encouraged between these stations, where reasonably practical.
Hand washing and hand sanitisers are provided throughout, along with individual towels to wipe and dry your hands.
Frequently used areas and equipment are cleaned frequently with disinfectant.
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