New Bookbinding Workshops: Spring 2018

The following bookbinding workshops will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Courtyard Studios Bindery in Irvine.  The bindery is fully equipped with work stations for up to 6 students.  The Courtyard Studios are easy to reach by road or rail with ample free parking.
Bookings can be made by using the following form.

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Decorative Papers

April 21st, 2018

A workshop exploring some of the techniques used to create decorative papers commonly used in bookbinding, such as:  paste-paper, suminagashi (Japanese style) and traditional paper marbling with coloured inks.  The workshop will be a mixture of demonstration and practical hands-on work.

No previous experience necessary and suitable for beginners.  All materials are provided.

Price:  £75.00



 Single-Section Bindings

 May 26th, 2018

 Single-section binding structures offer a basic introduction to traditional bookbinding techniques, processes and materials.  Areas covered will include:  how to fold sections, pamphlet sewing, endpapers, laminating papers & boards and use of decorative papers.  Several bindings will be completed on the day

 No experience necessary and suitable for beginners.  All materials are provided.

 Price:  £65.00


 Artist’s Sketchbook

June 23rd, 2018

This workshop will focus on the creation of a multi-section binding in the form of a sketchbook using cartridge paper, greyboard and bookcloth with plain or decorated papers.  Students will gain experience in sewing techniques, spine lining, attaching headbands and how to measure, construct and attach a cloth case to a book-block.

Some previous bookbinding experience would be an advantage but is not essential.

All materials provided.

 Price:  £65.00


Bindery Hire:

In addition to attending Workshops, bookbinding students can also hire the bindery to work on their own projects or obtain assistance with more specialised work.  Two levels of hire are available:  Standard Bindery Hire comes with basic technical assistance and is only suitable for students with existing experience and are largely able to work on their own projects.   Supported Bindery Hire includes full technical assistance and practical support.  This level of hire is more suitable for beginners or for students who require specialised tuition on advanced techniques.

Standard Bindery Hire:

£20 per day or £90 for a 5-day block booking.

Bindery Hire with support and technical assistance:

£50 per day or £225 for a 5-day block booking.

Personal, one-to-one tuition can also be arranged.

  • Block bookings needn’t be on consecutive days and can include weekends.
  • Hire rate includes use of all equipment, handtools and most materials except for leather, certain papers and all marbled or decorated papers.
  • Each day runs from 10:00 to 5:30.
  • Monthly or longer rates are also available on a discounted basis.

Please use the form below for booking enquiries:

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