Due to current social distancing restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, all workshops are on hold and will be rescheduled at a future date. Private face-to-face lessons are also cancelled and will resume as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, keep safe and well.


Ralph Lewis Bindery, Writing NSW, Rozelle
28–29 March 2020
30–31 May2020
18–19 July 2020
26–27 September 2020

This is the official introductory course of the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders. It is held at the Guilds professionally equipped Ralph Lewis Bindery in Garry Owen House, Writing NSW, Callan Park, Rozelle.

In this course you will learn key bookbinding terminology and the core skills of accurate measuring and cutting, paper handling, folding, glueing and stitching. You will be introduced to specialist tools as well as simpler homemade devices. You just need bring your creativity, curiosity and passion.

Please note, for this workshop students require good hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and the capability and confidence to use sharp knives for cutting. Basic numeracy is required to facilitate accurate measurements and calculations. You should be able to follow verbal instructions and understand health and safety information.

Bookings are available through Sydney Community College.


Primrose Paper Arts 27 June 2020

Boxes can be both beautiful and functional. A box can protect and extend the life of a book or artwork, form part of the overall creative concept, or it can be made for easy storage of prints, paper and objects.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn these techniques, and make an elegant (yet sturdy) double-walled, lidded and lined A5-sized box to house a book, prints or paper. Once you have made your first box it will be an easy step to customise the dimensions of your boxes to house any object.   

This workshop is suitable for all levels. The only prerequisite is the ability to use pencil, ruler, and hand-held cutting tools.


Firestation Print Studio 1–2 August 2020

Many artists are familiar with bookmaking, primarily the codex form. However, the world of books is vast and varied, embracing a cornucopia of experimental and sculptural book structures. In this workshop we will focus on non-codex structures, employing paperfolding techniques to produce books that present work in new ways and are works of art in themselves. We will play with structures like the flower fold, Turkish map fold, flag books, some of the many and varied permutations of the humble concertina, and more. It’s a great opportunity to inject life into offcuts, test prints, or prints you might not want to include in editions or bound portfolios. Of course you can create imagery especially, or use paper from other sources, but the beauty of experimental and sculptural books is the freedom to create in a different way.


MT KEMBLA STUDIO 19–20 September 2020

Join me for a weekend of creative paperfolding and bookmaking. Discover how simple but effective folding techniques can be used to make notebooks, journals and artists’ books. In this two-day, hands-on workshop, we will make snake books, pants books, learn the Turkish map fold and flower fold, construct Columbus cubes, make various types of concertinas, and more. Suitable for all levels, you will have finished work to take home, as well as skills, ideas and plenty of food for thought for future projects. Avril is co-curator (with Liz Jeneid) of ‘Place: a travelling exhibition of artists’ books’.