Design Assembly Bookbinding Workshop



Bookbinding Workshop

Publication Design
Print Production


May 14th

Studio One Toi Tū,
1 Ponsonby Road

This one day workshop I taught was run through Design Assembly and was fully booked. This is the event description as it appeared on their website:

"Design Assembly warmly welcomes designer/artist/bookmaker Gabi Lardies to present this one-day Auckland workshop featuring a range of book-binding techniques and tips for making professional publications.

Workshop overview:

Gabi will lead a practical and hands-on workshop to give students the confidence and skills to create three different bindings. She will teach traditional techniques alongside some she has developed herself to enable the students to make books with simple tools, rather than need access to a professional bindery. The three binding types she will cover are: Perfect binding, Japanese Stab binding and exposed-spine multi-section stitch binding. These bindings can be used in practical ways, such as for portfolio books or note books, and for creative purposes such as Art-Books and self-publishing.

Along the way, Gabi will also teach about the materials used, such as paper, glue, thread and printing, as well as different finishing options and ways to experiment with the physical object of the book. She will give tips and reasons for when to use particular binding methods and show the students different examples. Each student will go home>with three differently bound books and a How-To book written and illustrated by Gabi.

Learning outcomes:

- Knowledge of materials
- Step by step knowledge of how to perfect bind
- Step by step knowledge of how to Japanese stab bind
- Step by step knowledge of how to multi-section stitch bind
- Pros and cons of each binding type.

Other people who have completed one of Gabi’s workshops say:

“I had a brilliant time in your friendly, informative and hands-on workshop. I feel confident to attempt to make them myself, and show others how to, which is going to be great for my keen photo students at college…”
- Diane Bielik (photographer and teacher)

“I would definitely recommend your workshop to anyone interested in bookmaking. The day was well structured and good fun. The accompanying handout was, and will continue to be a very useful resource.”
- Ben Burfitt (photographer)"

You can also read and see photos of the day as blogged by Caitlin for Transformer Design Here

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