Limp Leather Binding with Eilis Murphy

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Full price €110  (€100 with student card)

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Create your own soft leather book with bookbinder Eilis Murphy. In this workshop, we will look at the Long Stitch Limp Leather binding. This style of book was used by journeymen all over Europe during medieval times. This sturdy structure with decorative stitching along the spine, makes an excellent sketchbook or journal.

You will gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principles of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips. Please bring along any ideas, decorative paper, buttons or found objects that you would like to incorporate into your book. We will be using a 'recycled' leather made shredded leather scraps – an eco-friendly alternative to leather.

The workshop starts at 11, there is a break from1:30 to 2:30, and finishes at 5. The class is limited to 6 participants.


About Eilis:

I love to combine materials and processes in an unconventional way, so when I studied at the National College of Art and Design I was drawn to printmaking as it was the perfect union of creativity and mechanics.

In 2003 an American bookbinder came to the college and gave a module in bookbinding. I was hooked. I applied for an internship that summer at the prestigious Center for Book Arts in New York and spent three months as an apprentice to Roni Gross.

I have been binding books ever since and along the way have trained with the Society of Bookbinders (UK), Frauke Schroeder (Berlin) and West Dean College (UK). In 2020, I won the RDS Craft Award for my book arts practice Folded Leaf. 

Folded Leaf is a publishing and bookbinding press that I set up which creates handmade and limited edition books often in collaboration with other creatives.

The beauty of bookbinding for me is that I can use traditional techniques that remain unchanged for centuries, while combining them with a contemporary design and my own artistic innovation. 

I am a member of the Society of Bookbinders (UK), the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, the Graphic Studio Dublin and Visual Artists’ Ireland.


Third image, with brown cover, provided courtesy of Anna Carey.

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