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Designer Bookbinders at London Craft Week

Workshops, 11 May 13:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00

Booking Details

Booking necessary via, 6-10 places per workshop, £50
112 St Martin’s Lane

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Designer Bookbinders presents a week of events celebrating bookbinding and book arts in association with Lib-rary, including demonstrations, workshops and an opportunity to meet the UK’s finest binders.

On Saturday 11 May, a day of short workshops is led by top contemporary bookbinders at Lib-rary (112 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 4BD). These workshops encompass a variety of book arts, and all are accessible to those with no bookbinding experience. The price of the ticket includes a cocktail (or mocktail) and all materials. Guests have the opportunity to photograph their creations.

Please note, as this is a private members’ club, Designer Bookbinders cannot accept under-18s.


Soft Leather Notebook with Rachel Ward-Sale
13:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00, £50

A great accessory for writers, artists or anyone who wants to keep stylish notes. Learn how to select and prepare materials, sew pages into the cover and attach a fastening strap. Further kits can be purchased to take home.

Rachel is the President of Designer Bookbinders and winner of several prizes. She studied Art, Design and Bookbinding at Brighton from 1977 to 1981.

Peek-A-Boo Miniature Artist’s Book with Mark Cockram and Kip Perdue
13:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00, £50

Make your own unique piece of book art by strategic cutting and folding, before decorating the cover with hand letters and ink pads. A versatile form that involves no sewing – just glue. Indulge your imagination as you create something really special.

Mark is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and a brother of the Artworkers Guild. He works internationally in fine contemporary binding, book arts, printing and box art. His current passion is for upcycling, and he is a regular Man Booker binder. He is also a regular contributor on book arts for national radio.

Kip is London’s foremost paper-cutting artist, combining his neuroscience background with maps and iconic themes. His most recent installation was at Canada Place, Canary Wharf.

Single-Section Pamphlet Binding with Kate Holland
13:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00, £50

Is one of your resolutions to spend more time away from the screen? Rediscover the joys of making with your hands and engage with the ultimate portable technology – the book. In this workshop, Kate guides you step-by-step in the traditional craft of bookbinding. Come away with a hardback book that you have made from scratch, and all the basic bookbinding skills that will enable you to continue and elaborate at home. Once you’ve been bitten by the bookbinding bug, you’ll be back for more. This session is suitable for all, and all materials and tools are provided. A take-home kit containing all materials and full instructions is also included in the price. Further kits and tools are available to purchase on the day.

Kate is a multi award-winning bookbinder, specialising in contemporary fine bindings to commission or for exhibition. She uses traditional materials and techniques to produce a unique, modern binding that reflects the text, illustrations and typeface of the book. She is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and has books in the British, Bodleian and Yale University Libraries, as well as many public and private collections internationally, and is a binder to the Man Booker prize – you may have seen her on the One Show recently. She is a very experienced teacher and has initiated many converts to the joys of bookbinding with patience and humour.

Concertina Window Artist’s Book with Tracey Bush

13:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00

This structure is ideal for use as an artist’s book as it can be unfolded for display. The simple concertina structure is made more complex by the addition of reverse folds, which also provide opportunity for the interesting interaction of image and text. In this workshop, guests utilise maps, charts and found ephemera to create a book which reflects an aspect of London.

Tracey Bush has made artists’ books for the past 20 years. Her first books were based on the River Thames and its histories. Most recently, she has been artist-in-residence at the Publisher Hub at Winchester School of Art, where she used the risograph process to print the pages of Dusk, which won the DB Clothworkers prize (2nd) in 2017. Her books are in the collections of the Tate, British Library, Bodleian Library and the Yale Centre for British Art. You can see her work at jaggedart gallery over the week.

Don’t miss an exhibition of work by Fellows & Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders, the principle society promoting British contemporary book arts, held at Maggs Bros. Ltd. at 48 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DR, where there are opportunities to purchase selected works on view. During the exhibition, an artist-in-residence demonstrates the techniques behind these amazing book structures.

Places are limited for all events: to book, find out more details or learn about associated events, please email