Visible stitches, spectacular spines: experiments in exposed sewing

Course Dates: 11/03/22 - 25/03/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Explore the creative possibilities of visible sewing in bookbinding through structure and materials. Experiment with wrapping, folding and piercing to produce a set of books where the spine is the star!
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00

Course Code: VD409

Fri, day, 11 Mar - 25 Mar '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Sewing is an important structural part of bookbinding which is often concealed by a covering. In books with exposed spines, the sewing becomes the focal point of the book design. On this course you will try out a variety of techniques which will allow you to explore the creative possibilities of exposed sewing and unusual ways of attaching covers. A great starting point for those interested in book arts or for those with some bookbinding experience who want to try out some experimental sewing techniques.

What will we cover?

We will explore sewing as structure and design through a series of demonstrations and experiments with Longstitch Binding, Buttonhole stitch, Coptic sewing, Japanese sewing and raised band sewing. We will also spend time exploring ways of attaching covers, including: lacing in, extended cord sewing, piercing and embroidery techniques. You will create a series of samples during day 1 and day 2 and on day 3 you will focus on producing one finished book using techniques and materials of your choice.

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

- Use a variety of sewing techniques and board attachments
- Experiment with combining different styles of sewing and materials
- create a series of models and on finished book structure of your own choice
- Use basic hand tools safely.

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

This course is aimed at those with some experience of sewing and basic bookbinding techniques.

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

You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. The course is structured to manage the work within the class but preparation or practice work may be carried out during the evening between classes if desired.

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

All materials are included in the cost of the course and tools are provided but please bring your own kit if you have one. You may like to bring some decorative papers of your own choice to use. Please bring a sharp pencil, notebook and pen to each class as you might wish to make your own notes to supplement the course handouts.

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?

- VD288 Experimental Structures
- VD262 Ten Projects for Beginners
- VD292 Learn how to make Artists’ Books
Your tutor will advise you of other possibilities during the course.

Sue Doggett Tutor Website

Sue Doggett is an artist who creates hand-made books and bindings. She gained a first class honours degree in Visual Studies and Art History from Oxford Brookes University in 1985 and an MA in Design from Brighton University in 1998. She received the World Craft Council Award for Contemporary Craft in 1994 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. She has lectured and led workshops in book arts in the UK, Europe and the USA and is currently teaching on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course at Camberwell College of Arts and is a bookbinding and book arts tutor at City Lit. As an exhibiting Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Sue works to public and private commission including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and she is the current editor of ‘The New Bookbinder’ journal. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA and can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library, The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol and Manchester Metropolitan Museum.

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.