Well it’s autumn, no denying it now. Time for grumbling and putting on scarves and hats, time for dark nights and rainy days. No more suntans, no more swimming, no more picnics, no more flowers. But don’t despair! There are book arts courses on the horizon in Brighton and London before the holidays. A few letterpress weekends, some evening courses in bookbinding and art making, some book structure Saturdays, and a little bit of boxmaking sprinkled in here and there. Here, for your perusal, is a list of courses coming up at my homes away from home, Ink Spot Press here in Brighton and The London Centre for Book Arts in Hackney Wick. Take a break from shivering and clutching your umbrella and come make something.
BOOKBINDING INTENSIVE Ink Spot Press, Brighton. Thursday evenings October 24-December 5th. Learn to bind books. Open to all, great for artists and for people with a secret bookbinding craving! £220
ETHIOPIAN BINDING London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Saturday, October 19th. An ancient structure with a long history. Sew a book with wooden covers and exposed sewing at the spine. £75 (£65 for Friends of LCBA)
CLAMSHELL/SOLANDER BOX London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Sunday, October 20th. Do you need a touch of class in your life? Nothing says classy like a solander box. £85 (£75 for Friends of LCBA)
INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Saturday-Sunday, November 2nd & 3rd. Metal type. wood type. ink & impression. You know you want it. This course unlocks the gates! After this weekend you can book in time on your own to print at the LCBA. £140 (£120 for Friends of LCBA)
INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS Ink Spot Press, Brighton Saturday-Sunday, November 16th & 17th. Letterpress here in Brighton. Come print from metal and wood type at Ink Spot. After this weekend you can book in time on your own. £180
THE LONG AND LINK STITCH London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Saturday, November 30th. A beautiful italian structure with exposed sewing at the spine. Great for travel journals and for making your friends jealous. £75 (£65 for Friends of LCBA)
PRINTED NOTEBOOKS London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Saturday, December 1st. Can’t decide between bookbinding and letterpress? Why not do both! print covers for books you’ll bind. win win. £85 (£75 for Friends of LCBA)
LETTERPRESS TWO London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Saturday-Sunday, December 7th & 8th. Build on letterpress skills and take on more complex projects in this letterpress weekend. £120 (£100 for Friends of LCBA)
EVENING BOXMAKING Ink Spot Press, Brighton, Thursday evening, December 12th. Make a decorative lidded box in three, count ’em, three hours. £45
HOLIDAY BOOKBINDING Ink Spot Press, Brighton, Saturday, December 14th Make two books in one day! Make gifts for friends and family, or keep them greedily for yourself. £80
THE LIDDED BOX London Centre for Book Arts, Hackney Wick. Sunday, December 15th. A full day of box making! My favorite kind of day! Come see why. £85 (£75 for Friends of LCBA)
Come! Learn! Print! Bind!