Workshops are currently back on, with social distancing and covid19 guidelines in place. Contact me if you are interested in private lessons.


Ralph Lewis Bindery, Writing NSW, Rozelle
23-24 October 2021
6-7 November 2021
5-6 February 2022
23-24 April 2022
7-8 May 2022
4-5 June 2022
6-7 August 2022
24-25 September 2022
5-6 November 2022

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.


Mt Kembla Studios 11-12 DECEMBER 2021
Cobargo School of Arts 26-27 february 2022

Old and discarded books provide a great resource for making new artwork. Covers, text pages or illustrations from pre-loved books all offer potential to be upcycled and transformed and to have new life breathed into them.

Make new artists books from old atlases; use cut-up dictionary text to tell a story or use in a collage; combine book illustrations with your own drawing to make new imagery; bind existing artwork using old covers; rebind old books into sculptural structures; make paper string. The possibilities are endless.

Mt Kembla information and bookings: contact Liz at
Cobargo information and bookings: Cobargo Creators


Halls Gap victoria 19-24 March 2022

19-20 March • Old books: new bookwork

Old and discarded books provide a great resource for making new artwork. Pre-loved books can be upcycled, transformed and have new life breathed into them. Make new artists books from old atlases; use cut-up text to tell a story; collage book illustrations with your own drawing to make new imagery; rebind old books into sculptural structures. The possibilities are endless.​

21-24 March • Bookwork: concept to casebound

Understanding the characteristics of paper, how a codex functions, and the techniques of case binding are valuable skills for any artist who wants to incorporate bookmaking in their creative practice. Make a bookwork from start to finish: develop an idea; plan content; plot pages; use imagery, words or both to tell a story or convey meaning; and bind the book.


Primrose Paper Arts 12 March 2022

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 TBA

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.

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