Bookbinding – Codex binding

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Please contact us to request this class.

11am – 5pm
5 hours + lunch break

Venue: INTRA
Suitable for adults.
Class size 8 max.

Learn the traditional craft of bookbinding and make your own beautiful sketchbook with book artist Alexandra Czinczel in this workshop. Suitable for beginners.

Make your own multi­-section hardcover sketchbook using various specialist tools and materials, take a look at paper grain and find out why it is so important in bookbinding. We will go through each step of making a book from folding the pages to sewing the book block, attaching endpapers, making a hard cover using greyboard and bookcloth, to attaching your book block to the cover and putting it into a nipping press to finish.


You will be able to take home your unique handmade sketchbook and you will have gained the skill and knowledge to carry on making books at home. We will also talk about alternatives to some of the specialist tools so you can continue making books at home without having to invest in expensive equipment.

What to bring

All tools and materials will be provided but it would be useful to bring a set square if you have one.

Your tutor

Alexandra Czinczel is a London ­based artist who makes books and animations. Her books are entirely handmade and include screen printing, rubber stamp, letterpress and inkjet printing as well as pop­up books. Her books are held in the collections of University College London, University of the West of England and Winchester School of Art. She currently teaches pop­up books and bookbinding at Central St. Martins, Lavender Print School and Shepherds Falkiners in London and was awarded an MA Fine Art (Printmaking) at Camberwell College after studying BA Graphic Design at Central St. Martins.


Please give us as much notice as possible if you are not able to come to a course that you have booked. If you cancel with seven or more days notice, we will reschedule or refund your booking. For cancellations less than seven days before the workshop date – we may be able to offer you a discount on a future booking if we can fill your place, but please note that we have to cover space, preparation and tutor costs and if you cancel at the last minute we still have to pay for these.