On this one day workshop you will learn how to use the tools, materials and techniques to get you started in bookbinding. You’ll make books from scratch to take away with you, and gain the knowledge to keep making books at home.
Bookbinding is great for creating notebooks, sketchbooks, albums or books which are art objects in themselves.
What experience do I need?
No prior experience with bookbinding is required for this workshop. The workshop would be great for anyone with a creative practice that can be augmented by bookbinding skills, but this is guaranteed to be a fun day for anyone!
Note that each beginners bookbinding session will include slightly different content, so the workshop can be taken more than once – you will learn something new each time, and get a good opportunity to practice.
What will I make?
You will make at least three different kinds of book from scratch; these will include pamphlet stitch, stab binding, and a hardcover book.
Who is my tutor?
Susie Rumsby is a Printmaking Instructor at Leeds College of Art, where she introduces students to screen print, etching, linocut, monoprint and of course bookbinding. Before coming to teach art in Leeds, Susie studied printmaking in Portland, Oregon, where she also worked as a master printer’s apprentice, an artists’ assistant, and at Portland Art Museum helping to put on shows of prints and drawings. Susie is a founding committee member of Leeds Print Workshop, and believes in making the fun of printmaking and bookbinding open to as many people as possible.
Do I need to bring anything?
All of the tools and equipment needed to make your books will be provided, along with a standard selection of coloured and cartridge paper.
However, if you have any paper of your own that you think would make an interesting book, please bring that along. You may also bring along any bookbinding tools that you have already to use alongside what we have in the workshop (ruler, craftknife, pencil etc.)
If I can't attend can I get a refund?
We will refund you in full if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the first session of the course.
What if the course is cancelled?
We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings or adverse weather conditions). We will endeavour to give at least 7 days notice if the course is cancelled and in the event of cancellation we will, of course, issue you a full refund.
Please note: we regret that, for safety reasons, only those over the age of 16 will be permitted to undertake the course.