Beginners' bookbinding

Course Dates: 09/08/21 - 13/08/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this week-long introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched binding with a hard cover.
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Full fee £289.00 Senior fee £289.00 Concession £145.00

Course Code: VD359

Mon-Fri, day, 09 Aug - 13 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions

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What is the course about?

The course provides students new to bookbinding with an introduction to a variety of bookbinding techniques, book structures, materials and equipment through a series of graded projects.

What will we cover?

You will make a range of book styles; a series of folded books, a single and double section pamphlet, single-section books and 2 multi-sectioned books one with a soft and one with a hard cover using board, paper and cloth. You will learn several sewing techniques, use of adhesives, cloth, paper, board, small tools and equipment.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use a variety of sewing techniques to create single and multi-section books
- Use paper, board and cloth to make book covers
- Correctly identify grain direction in paper and board
- Select and use the appropriate adhesives, tools and materials to make books and items from paper and board
- Use the experience and knowledge gained on the course to continue onto other bookbinding courses.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at beginners and no previous bookbinding experience is necessary. This course will be taught through step-by step instructions and demonstrations.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, to use the hand-outs which support demonstrations and to follow health and safety information, and you may also be invited to take part in group
discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught as a group and we will work through the projects together. Individual attention will be given throughout the course and during each session, as required. Handouts will be provided and you will be expected to make your own working notes during the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials are included in the course fee and will be available in the classroom. There is a small tool kit available for use during the course. If you have a basic bookbinding kit, please do bring it. Should you wish to purchase your own things you will be given guidance on what to get during the first session. Please bring a pen, sharp pencil, eraser and notebook to every session. Small brushes and an apron will also be useful during the course.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- VD190 City Lit bookbinding course
- VD338 Paper marbling
- VD327 Bookbinding: box making
- VD357 Bradel binding
- VD292 Bookbinding: Learn to bind artists' books
- VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes.

Michael Duigan

Michael teaches Classical and Ancient history at the City Lit. For many years he lectured in the Certificate/Diploma in History of Art course at London University, Birkbeck. He delivered a course in the ‘Classical Tradition’ at St Mary’s University and on ‘the Classical Artist’ at the Courtauld Institute. He also teaches a Summer School on Ancient Art in Christ Church, Oxford University. Michael acts as a tour guide to archaeological sites and museum collections.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.