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Bookbinding Workshops

Why learn bookbinding with us?
With over 15 years experience teaching bookbinding and associated arts, Isabelle offers a comprehensive range of courses and workshops aimed at both beginner and advanced students.

Isabelle travels widely and extensively. Long and short courses in Bookbinding and Book Arts are offered in Sydney and anywhere around the world, online and in-person.

Courses can be taught in formal and informal classrooms, large and small institutions, corporate boardrooms, studios and artist spaces.

All our classes are a complete course in themselves and no one goes home with unfinished books.
If you have any question regarding a suitable class for you, just send a message to hello@owlandlion.com.


Beginner Bookbinding

Start your Bookbinding Journey with one of the best Beginners Bookbinding course on offer anywhere! You will be taught technical skills that will see you through any stage of Bookbinding, while creating a whole library of beautiful work.
Level 1 -  Make a lover's pair, a Flat back and Rounded Back Case Binding
Tristan and Isolde
You will develop skills in the techniques of making and designing hand-made books, enabling you to continue onto more complex and experimental bindings. 

Level 2 - Introduction to leather
This course prepares you for working with leather in Bookbinding

Level 3 - Full leather binding 
An intensive workshop that teaches Fine Binding techniques and covering a book in full leather. 

MASTERCLASS - Specialise workshops to add to your Fine Binding Skills
Level 1 Traditional Gold Finishing

MASTERCLASS  - Technical Courses
For those with Level 3 knowledge and beyond, these courses are tailored to teach the skills and refinements necessary to be a competent Fine binder - Headband sewing, gold tooling, edge decorations to name a few..
Creative Courses
Fun, creative classes while teaching you valuable technical and useful construction skills in bookbinding. Invaluable for those wishing to explore Artists' Book as a medium. 

Box Making Courses
Make beautiful creative boxes from scratch! to hold all those special treasures.

MASTERCLASS - Historical Restoration
These highly advanced and specialised courses focus on particular bookbinding styles and techniques in a historical context.


For those who want more focused attention, Isabelle is also available for one-on-one Masterclass and/or private groups. You can request for a private class of up to 4 students for better individual attention.  She also travels widely and will teach anywhere in the world. Please get in contact at: isabelle@owlandlion.com.