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Bookbinding - Non-Adhesive Techniques

Bookbinding - Non-Adhesive Techniques

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Craig Horsfall


This one day course will introduce you to hand-made bookmaking techniques. You will gain skills that do not require the use of expensive or bulky equipment including glue, frames or presses. 

Through a range of demonstrations and guided practical exercises, you will explore and experiment with a variety of bookbinding styles. 
Topics Covered
  • Paper folding
  • Sewing a slim, single section pamphlet
  • Sewing a larger, multi section book
Course Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will have learnt how to assemble a book using only paper, thread, a needle and covering material. You will leave with a range of examples, which may be useful to reference or add to a portfolio.

Who Should Attend
Anyone seeking an introduction to home bookmaking. It would be a good starting point for anyone interested in learning further styles of bookmaking whether from an art and design or conservation perspective.


Tutor Description

Craig Horsfall currently works with the MA Conservation course at Camberwell School of Art. He has several years’ experience as a paper conservator, and holds accredited status with the Institute of Conservation (ICON). While working with the framing company John Jones he regularly worked with artists and galleries to retouch printing flaws on new works going to collectors or exhibition.


Please bring to following items with you on the first day

  • A thimble
  • Note book and pen

Available dates