Bookbinding: crossed-structure and criss-cross bindings

Course Dates: 17/06/21 - 01/07/21
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Online
Immerse yourself in contemporary sewing techniques to create two attractive multi-section books using leather and decorative paper. These flexible books are unglued so that the pages open completely flat so as well as looking good, they are also excellent for use as sketchbooks, diaries and notebooks.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00

Course Code: VD285

Thu, day, 17 Jun - 01 Jul '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

The Crossed-structure binding was developed by Spanish bookbinder Carmencho Arregui and the Criss-cross binding (also know as the 'Secret Belgian binding), was developed in the 1980s by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy . both styles allow the pages to lay flat as the spines are not glued. The Cross-structure binding employs a wraparound cover made from two pieces of leather which are cut to slot together and the Criss-cross binding uses a primary sewing to attach the book block and secondary sewing to attch the paper-covered boards which forms an attractive pattern across the spine.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Folding paper to make two bindings and explore the differences between sewing patterns for each of the books.
- Cutting boards to size
- Covering boards and spine with paper for one of the books
- Making a paper and leather laminate for one of the books.
- Two different sewing techniques will be taught and we will explore thread as a decorative element of the binding.
- We will also look at some historical examples of the two books and discuss their creative potential.

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

- Construct mult-section books from paper, board and cloth
- Create and sew accurately, two different styles of flexible binding
- Recognise the contemporary and historical structural and decorative styles of these books
- Apply your skills to future projects.

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

This course is suitable for those with experience in sewing and the use of small bookbinding hand tools is.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for
health and safety information, and will 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?

Through demonstration, practice and discussion you will be taught as a group and individually as required. Handouts will accompany demonstrations. The course is structured to manage the work within the class.

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

Basic materials used are included in the course fee. You may wish to purchase extra from City Lit during the course. All tools and equipment will be provided but if you have a small kit including your own scalpel
and blades then please bring it along.

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?

Bookbinding: general
- VD327 Bookbinding: box making
- VD190 The City Lit bookbinding course
- VD322 City Lit bookbinding: Intermediate
Bookbinding: special interest courses
- VD357 Limp Vellum binding
- VD434 Bradel binding
- VD316 Wooden boarded binding
- VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
Book arts:
- VD438 Print, Design and Bind: A book in a week.

Clare Bryan Tutor Website

Clare Bryan is an artist maker who’s work often takes the form of the book. Originally studying Graphic Design at Salisbury College of Art (1983-87) Clare worked in the industry for several years before returning to study Printmaking and Bookbinding at Croydon College of Art (1994-96) and then an MA in Bookarts at Camberwell College of Art (1997-98). She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and has work in various public and private collections including Yale Centre for British Art, The Government Art Collection and the Tate Library. In 2004 she received ‘The Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award’ for works on paper. She is a member of ‘FOLD’ a group of four artists who formed in 2002 working with a combined interest in print and bookarts. Clare has taught and run workshops at various UK colleges and is currently a tutor working in Fine Art Printmaking at Goldsmiths University and teaching bookbinding across areas at the City Lit.

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.