Making Books Summer School

Our very first Summer School!

Come join us at the London Centre for Book Arts this summer for a week-long series of bookbinding workshops. 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 24 – Friday 28 June, 10am – 5pm), and will learn how to use specialist tools and equipment, and create by hand the following:



  • Pamphlets

  • Japanese Stab Bindings

  • Concertinas

  • 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, Abigail Bainbridge, 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.

London Centre for Book Arts is a recognised artist-run, open-access studio and coworking space 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 six different languages.


Monday 24 – Friday 28 June 2019
10am – 5pm
Instructors: Kate Rochester, Pauline Leclercq, Abigail Bainbridge, and Simon Goode
£450 (10% discount for Friends of LCBA & current students. There will be an option to become a Friend of LCBA at checkout. 10% discount for LCBA Studio Members & Studio Pass holders)
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable

Accessibility:
LCBA is wheelchair accessible and barrier free. 
There are accessible and gender neutral toilets. 
Public transport options to LCBA can be seen here: https://londonbookarts.org/about/ 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.