Making Books: An Introduction

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 39 Conc £14 Full £71 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:30 - 15:30 1 MAC 07/12/2019 07/12/2019 HW2085

What will the course cover?

In this one-day bookbinding programme, students will be introduced to the several non-adhesive binding techniques that can be used to make books and pamphlets. This includes simple pamphlet stitches and decorative Japanese binding stitches. The books can have applications as journals, notebooks, chapbooks for writing, sketch books, record books, photo albums, recipe books, travel diaries and more – depending on student interests.

Who is the course for?

This programme is for everyone who is interested in learning to create books. It may be particularly useful for creative writing students, artists or anyone wanting to create record books or journals for professional or personal interests.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Students do not need any previous relevant knowledge or experience.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be able to create books using several different types of non-adhesive binding stitch – both simple and decorative. You will be able to use professional bookbinding tools - such as an awl and bonefolder - to fold, cut and stitch paper. You will be able to construct templates for book construction. You will be able to use and understand technical terms relating to bookbinding - such as vocabulary related to paper grades, grain direction and book features. You will be able to access further resources for bookbinding independently.

How is the course organised?

The programme takes place over one Saturday, and is organised into demonstrations, short presentations and hands-on practical exercises that involve professional paper folding, cutting and binding techniques. Students work individually, and also in pairs, on practical exercises. The aim is to construct two different non-adhesive bound books.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

None – but there will be an option of buying bookbinding tools, such as an awl and bonefolder, so that students can practice and continue bookbinding at home following the programme (most tools are around £3-£4 each). There will also be a booklist for students to explore.

How will my progress be assessed?

The group will be small, so that instruction and feedback can happen on an individual basis through observation and dialogue. Students will aim to complete two books, using two different non-adhesive binding techniques, by the end of the day programme.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

You can take further Saturday bookbinding programmes in west London, or progress onto a certified bookbinding programme elsewhere.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

All the materials and tools are provided; there is a materials fee of £4 per student, but students will take home two completed books for personal use. There will also be an option of buying bookbinding tools - such as an awl and bonefolder - so that students can practice and continue bookbinding at home after the programme (most tools are around £3-£4 each).

What support is available?

Ask at reception if you have any additional needs or request.