As part of the programme of events responding to our current exhibition, Hidden Masterpieces, join bookbinder Helen Perry for a day-long session in which you will learn how to prepare and make your own Coptic sewn book, a historic binding, using decorative papers and exposed sewing at the spine.
The session begins with an exclusive visit to the Museum’s Reference Library and Archive where Dr Frances Sands, Curator of Drawings and Books, will show you some different examples of bindings from Sir John Soane’s collection. Returning to the Art Room, you will examine and choose appropriate covering materials, plan and punch paper, spine and covers in preparation for sewing. Over the day, you will complete and stitch a multi-sectioned, adhesive-free book under Helen’s expert tuition. Your completed book lies flat when open and is popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketchbook
This session is suitable for all levels of experience, and particularly students new to bookbinding.
18+ years. All materials are supplied. The class size is limited to 8.
After a career in social work, a lifelong love of books, crafts and sewing came together leading Helen Perry to bookbinding. She has worked for many years with Edel Handmadebooks and has also attended courses with other internationally acclaimed bookbinders. She teaches bookbinding classes designed so that participants leave with the knowledge and confidence to produce great results at home using easily available tools and materials.
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Tickets are refundable up to 7 days before the event, after which point they are non-refundable or exchangeable.
We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7405 2107.