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Discover the art of bookbinding

Discover the art of bookbinding

Lifelong learning

View beautiful and inspiring examples of bookbinding from the collection of the State Library and then create your own handmade books in this introductory bookbinding workshop.

Some books with colourful covers lying flat and fanned out
6 / 6 events in this Lifelong learning series
26 August 2023 2pm to 5pm


General Admission: $150.00


1 Shakespeare place
Sydney NSW 2000


Join Isabelle McGowan for a bookbinding class aimed at beginners and learn the basics of creating your own handmade books from scratch! In this intensive class, you'll be guided by an industry professional, as you learn about and familiarise yourself with the materials and various bookbinding techniques such as sewing, cutting and assembling used in this craft practice. Isabelle will teach you two different bookbinding techniques, and you will make your own writer's journal and sketch diary.

You will also view exquisite examples of bookbinding from the collection of the State Library of NSW. Everyone will go home with two complete handmade books. All materials and tools are supplied.

Isabelle McGowan is a Sydney-based and Florence-trained bookbinder who runs workshops around the world. Isabelle has over 15 years of experience in the field and is looking forward to helping you start your bookbinding journey. Find out more about Isabelle here. 

This session, artworks, film and sound clips are protected by copyright and may not be recorded, reproduced or used in any way without the express written consent of the State Library of NSW.


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