Sewn Board Binding with Elize De Beer

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In this workshop, you will be creating your own Sewn Board Book. The sewn board binding is a light and versatile book structure that opens flat and was first developed by bookbinder Gary Frost.  It is a structure that has an additional section of a card or heavier paper sewn onto the text block that is incorporated into the cover of the book. The sewn board binding also includes a pop-up spine which gives the structure its iconic look. A great book structure for writers and artists because of its versatility and adaptability. 

In learning this unique bookbinding technique you will also be able to get creative with the book's cover, where we will be using a section of papers and bookcloths provided by Liberties Papers

11 am to 5 pm with 30 min break in between 

All materials are included. Lunch is not included but there are plenty of places in Terenure to get lunch. 


Elize de Beer is an artist and bookbinder and owner of Bookward Bound Bindery, a contemporary bindery that collaborates with artists, writers, designers and all book lovers.
Elize has her origins in South Africa and is now settled in Cork, 

Elize has a strong focus on using traditional and archival bookbinding methods to ensure the longevity and durability of each book. These methods and techniques are then creatively explored to create unique contemporary books. From classic notebooks and sketch books to marbled paper, albums, pop-up books, classic dissertations and artist books; the bindery explores all the ways in which a book can take shape.

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