MAKING BOOKS SUMMER SCHOOL, 30 August – 3 September 2021


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Making Books Summer School 2021
London Centre for Book Arts
Monday 30 August – Friday 3 September 2021
We’re back! Come join us at the London Centre for Book Arts for Making Books Summer School 2021. In this week-long programme taught by experts, participants will be guided through the foundations of bookbinding and learn how to create six different book structures and a box.

Participants will meet for five consecutive days at the LCBA studio (Monday 30 August – Friday 3 September, 10am – 5pm), and will learn how to use specialist tools and equipment, and create by hand the following:

Japanese Stab Bindings
Single-section Case Bindings
Exposed Spine Bindings (two variations)
Round-back Case Bindings
Solander Boxes

Participants will also be introduced to foil-blocking, a process of applying metallic or ‘foil’ effect on book covers and other surfaces using a technique similar to letterpress.

The workshops will be taught by experienced LCBA instructors Kate Rochester, Pauline Leclercq and Simon Goode (founder of LCBA).

All tools and materials are provided, and each participant will receive a complimentary copy of Making Books.

Upon completion, participants will be qualified to become members and access the unique facilities at LCBA to work independently on their own projects.

Workshops will be small (up to six participants and an instructor) and held in an airy and spacious workshop studio. We will do our utmost to maintain a safe environment but we also ask that participants exercise a bit of caution and sensitivity to others and their surroundings. We will be closely monitoring official health and safety guidance which is still subject to change, so please bear with us if and when there are any updates.

Masks: following the latest May 2021 government guidelines regarding face coverings for adult education providers, masks and face coverings are not mandatory in the LCBA studios. We still strongly recommend wearing one particularly when moving around the studio.

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London Centre for Book Arts is a recognised artist-run, open-access studio with a focus on books and publications. Since 2012, LCBA has been at the forefront of teaching and promoting the heritage craft of bookbinding in the UK. Based on our popular workshops, Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts was published in 2017 and has since been published in seven different languages.

LCBA is wheelchair accessible and barrier free.
There are accessible and gender neutral toilets.
Public transport options to LCBA can be seen here: but the routes from stations to LCBA has uneven pavements that are narrow.
There are two disabled parking spaces just across the road from the entrance to LCBA.
Please contact us for more information on access.