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Spring 2023: Bookbinding – The Art of the Book

Venue: Shepherds, London, SW1V 1HU

Dates: This workshop ran for one day on Sunday 12th March 2023.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

In this one day course you will learn the basics of the ancient craft bookbinding, learning skills that have been employed in making books for hundreds of years. You will start by folding a printed sheet into a single section before stitching together. You will cut boards and prepare materials from a beautiful selection of book cloth and decorative papers to create your own bespoke cover for the book. The end result will be your own instruction manual to be able to make more.



This workshop will start at 10:30am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have good hand-eye co-ordination. In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 10 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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