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Bespoke Box Making

Bespoke Box Making

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexandra Czinczel


This course will show you how to create bespoke containers for objects of high artistic, monetary or emotional value using traditional craft techniques that are easily transferrable to other paper crafts.The perfect box is a visually appealing and pleasantly tactile object that invites you to open it. 

You will learn how to make beautiful, sturdy boxes that keep their contents clean, tidy and protected from dust or damage. Make boxes in exactly the right size and materials to present and preserve your work for much less than the cost of commercially available alternatives.Whether you are an artist, photographer or printmaker looking to learn how to make the perfect presentation box for your work, or are interested in making decorative boxes for different occasions like storing your favourite object or wrapping a special present, this course is for you. 

It is suitable for anyone including complete beginners and is also a perfect follow-up course for those who have done "Bookbinding for Artists" or "Beginners Bookbinding".Using materials including greyboard, bookcloth, and a selection of patterned papers, you will learn step by step how to plan, construct and finish different types of boxes from a slipcase for a book, a presentation box for loose sheets and a box for objects with a separate lid. At the end of the course you will not only take home your own collection of hand-made boxes, you will also be able to carry on making boxes at home without needing complicated or expensive equipment.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Alex Czinczel is a fine artist and designer living in London. Her artist's books are in the Small Press Collection in the Special Collections at UCL Library and in the collection of artists' books in the Steve Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, as well as some private collections. She is Bookbinding Artist in Residence at Central Saint Martins and Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and Kingston University.  She also has a blog:


Please bring to the first session:

  • pencil and eraser
  • Swann-Morton scalpel handle no. 3 with blades 10A or 11A3 
  • cutting mat (not essential but recommended)
  • metal edged ruler

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.