Try it out: bookbinding
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VD278
Available start dates
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The course is a taster session on the craft of hand bookbinding. It is ideal for anyone who would like to know more about this area and/or who might be thinking of enrolling on one of the longer courses at City Lit.
What will we cover?
You will be introduced to some of the materials, equipment and techniques of bookbinding. We will fold, cut and sew paper to make a single section pamphlet, use cloth and decorative paper to make a cover and put the two together to make an attractive notebook. There will be a chance to talk about suppliers, books, courses at City Lit, and to hear a little about contemporary practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify grain direction in paper
- Recognise and correctly use basic bookbinding tools and materials
- Make a single section binding using pamphlet stitch.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for those with little or no experience or knowledge of hand bookbinding.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and 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?
All work will be undertaken during the session. You will be taught by demonstration, discussion, visual aids, practical tasks and individual support and guidance from the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All tools and equipment will be provided for you and all materials are provided and included in the course fee.
Please bring a sharp pencil and notebook. You may like to bring an apron to protect your clothes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
On completion of this day you could join a longer general bookbinding course or a short course on a different bookbinding technique or structure.
VD355 Bookbinding: weekend notebooks and folders
VD438 Print, Design and Bind: A book in a week
VD190 City Lit Bookbinding (2022 - 2023)
VD284 Beginners’ bookbinding
Please check the City lit website for other courses of interest.
Nesta is a professional bookbinder and runs her own studio, Leafwork, in Dorset, where she lives. She has taught in the Bookbinding department of City Lit for many years, teaching subjects from Book Conservation through to Artists' Books. She particularly likes introducing new students to bookbinding through the Try-It-Out sessions. "It's so satisfying to meet some of them again, profressing and developing on further courses and becoming creative, confident bookbinders." In her studio she teaches small workshops and 1:1, and frequently afound ghe country for the Society of Bookbinders, Designer Bookbinders and many other groups, particularly textile artists. Nesta loves the tactile opportunites possible in bookbinding and finds using texture almost irresistible in her own work. Her bindings are held in private and public collections, including the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the John Rylands University Library Manchester and the Grolier Club, New York.
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.