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Bookbinding For Artists

Bookbinding For Artists

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexandra Czinczel


This course is ideal for artists and designers who wish to learn how to make their own books, no matter if you work with drawings, photography, digital art, embroidery or printmaking. It is a beginner's course (no previous experience needed!) which will teach you a few different techniques of making a book, including non-adhesive (Japanese and Coptic sewing) and adhesive bindings (a case-bound book). You will also learn how to make a box using greyboard and bookcloth, which can be used for keeping books or loose sheets. At the end of the course you will have at least three or four books made in different styles and one box. Furthermore you will have learned the fundamental skills and techniques necessary to then go on to make your own artist's book.

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 with you to the first session:

  • HB Pencil  
  • Pencil Eraser   
  • 12 inch Ruler (transparent or cork-backed metal)   
  • Scalpel knife with size10/11 blade   
  • A3 size Cutting mat  

The tutor will advise students regarding any other specialist tools/materials you may need for the rest of the course.

Available dates