Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding

Course Dates: 12/07/22 - 02/08/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Discover how leather, combined with simple sewing and cutting techniques can create a wonderfully flexible and
stylish bindings. Create books with folded and crossed structure covers, and include some decorative elements to
personalise your work.
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Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £152.00

Course Code: VD435

Tue, day, 12 Jul - 02 Aug '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will give you a taste of working with leather. The flexible binding styles lend them self to working creatively with leather bindings. They are less time intense and require less equipment than a traditional fine leather binding and will give you more time to enjoy and explore working with leather decoratively on your future book projects.

What will we cover?

- basic leather working tools
- cutting leather
- laminating leather
- sewing onto/into leather
- flexible/limp leather bindings
- basic cross structure binding.

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

- understand basic material properties of leather
- cut leather accurately
- distinguish a variety of leather working tools
- sew multi section book blocks onto leather straps
- create flexible/limp leather bindings
- name a number of leather decorating techniques
- apply your knowledge to future binding projects.

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

This course is aimed at beginners and intermediate level.

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

You will be taught by demonstration, hands-on practice and group tuition. There will be hand-outs to accompany the demonstrations and advice on additional reference material. You are expected to take your own notes and will be advised on possible research outside the class room which could enhance your progress.

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

Most materials are included, as well as some of the leather. We will be working in quite small formats to cover several structures and allow for a wider range of experimentation. However, you can bring your own leather and purchase additional leather (a list of suppliers will be made available) should you wish to work on more or bigger books. There are hand tools available in class but if you have your own set of hand tools, please do bring them with you. An apron will also be very useful.

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?

- VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
- VD361 Creative arts for bookbinding II: Leather dyeing techniques.

Ina Baumeister

Ina is a professional bookbinder and box-maker. She holds an MA in Book Art from UAL Camberwell and a master-craftsmanship from the German Crafts Council and Guild of Bookbinders in Munich. As a binder she works with contemporary arts organisation Book Works, the Tate Paper and Photography conservation department as well as other organisations and clients. Most of her work life is closely linked to contemporary art, art publishing and the creative industries. Besides working professionally as a bookbinder for nearly twenty years, Ina teaches and lectures for universities all over London on a wide range of courses, such as photography, printmaking, design, illustration, fine art and architecture. Ina also delivers tailored staff training to universities and other institutions such as the Tate and Houses of Parliament. Ina says that she rates bookbinding as an art in itself but also sees it as part of a toolkit for a wide range of creative professions.

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.