Book Arts



Course Outline


For this workshop we will focus on Design Binding.

We will take inspiration from fine bindings from across the world to produce our own contemporary reading of leather bound books with flair.
This course will predominantly focus on the finishing aspect of leather bound books.
We are going to make a blank book (Section sewing) with leather covers and detailing on the covers.
Each participant must bring their own images, patterns and geometric forms for inspiration for the covers. 
Participants will be able to choose from a range of techniques for the cover designs such as blind embossing, hot foiling, inlay- and only- with different colours of leather and/or flat objects. These techniques are known collectively as ‘finishing’ on books.
This workshop will be technically challenging nevertheless both beginner and the advanced student are very welcome!


Bring with:

  •  Images, patterns, geometric forms or flat objects that you would potentially like to incorporate in a book cover.

Materials needed:

  • Pencil (ballpoint works well and clutch pen)
  • Scissors
  • Leather (thin in thickness, calf-, bovine- or goatskin) available at Woodheads, Cape Town.
  • Sheets of Paper for example a watercolour sketchpad A3 in size or any collection of nice thickish paper A3 in size available at The Deckled Edge (CT), The Crafters Inn (Somerset west), PNA (Stellenbosch).
  • Two A3 sheets coloured paper of the same thickness of above mentioned.
  • Hobby knife
  • Rulers and note pad

​(Plastics for Africa or any craft shop)​

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