Short Courses & Sessional Workshops in Book Arts & Bookbinding
Meg Green of Some Odd Pages currently teaches Book Arts and Bookbinding at the Richmond Art School. Private students are accepted by appointment at the studio in Chertsey, Surrey for specific projects or skill sets.
Meg Green holds Master and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Book Arts and Printmaking. She’s been teaching Book Arts and bookbinding since 1996 and her original works have exhibited and sold in Montreal, New York and London. She is the founder of Atelier Soleil, Centre for Book Arts in her native Montreal and Some Odd Pages in London, UK. Meg is a Professional Member of The Society of Bookbinders and an Associate Member with Designer Bookbinders in the UK. She has full DBS clearance and is trained in Safeguarding young learners. Read more about Meg Green.
About the sessions
- Learn adaptable skills and techniques.
- Tools are provided and materials are included. Everything ready when you arrive.
- No special studio or heavy equipment required.
- In-depth information on historical context of books and bindings as well as materials, applications and techniques: glue, board, paper, cloth, tools and suppliers.
- Special techniques for measuring, cutting, gluing and pressing create reliable, strong, satisfying book forms in paper, card, board, cloth.
- Workshops in special projects, complex structures, creative bindings, adapted books, text and image, pattern making, commissions, etc.
- Small class size maximises one-to-one contact and support.
Comments from our students:
“Well here is a story! Before we came over to your studio, Sam & I visited a guy who collects Superman & DC comic stuff, it was epic!! But when we walked out of yours Sam said it was even better!!…. When I got home today Sam had created two new ones. Thank you for inspiring my son ” Don and his son Sam, age 10, February 2017
“I really enjoyed the workshop and the bustle of all the new people among us. Look forward to seeing you again in the autumn course.” Ann, July 2016
“Wonderful workshop, Meg! I keep admiring the books I made. Lovely to meet you and thanks for all your guidance and help!” Linda, July 2016
“Thanks again for the wonderful workshop last week. Can’t wait to get started on making some books on my own. Will send you pictures! Thanks again!” Jessica, July 2016
“I went to 2 workshops in November and December run by Meg – was only expecting to do one but was so smitten with the whole experience and Meg’s boundless enthusiasm, knowledge and encouragement that I couldn’t wait for the second. She provided all the materials and patiently and clearly taught us to put them together to make books of which we are very proud. Meg has since helped me design my first project, a photobook of a recent trip to Marrakesh, offering practical suggestions and also a source of materials, yet never losing sight of what I want to achieve. 2016 is going to be an exciting year for me as I develop my new-found interest – bring on retirement asap!” Liz, January 2015
“I had a tremendous day, I really can’t thank you enough. I am so delighted with the finished book. It has surpassed my expectations and with your help I have produced my own very special book. Once again I can’t thank you enough, you have the patience of a saint.” Mike, November 2015
“I really enjoyed your Saturday workshop. Very clear instructions, great enthusiasm for the subject. I’m keen to get going on some projects of my own!” Liz, November 2015
“We had such a lovely day and I really enjoyed learning about the history of bookbinding and making our own books” Anne, November 2015
“Really good instruction! We finished 3 projects and didn’t feel rushed. Meg is so patient.” Ailis, November 2015
“Very enjoyable, good pace, nice small group. I really enjoyed taking my 3 books home with me!” Tina, November 2015
“I loved binding the hard cover Coptic book. Really interesting and enjoyable day.” Jackie, November 2015
“Another excellent workshop! I really enjoyed making 3 different kinds of books.” Mike, November 2015
“Very informative with hands on help. Good clear instructions. I’d like to do more in a restoration workshop in future.” Carol, November 2015
“Enjoyable and informative. I liked making 3 different kinds of books. Good speed and clear instructions. I’d like to do more with Case Binding.” Judi, November 2015
“Thank you once again for such an interesting and challenging tutorial! I always enjoy seeing you and talking about books.” Andrea, October 2015
“Wow I actually made a book and I am so happy with my creation! I’d like to thank you for yesterday it was a great time but passed so quickly. Please keep me informed if the workshop nearer Christmas goes ahead. Once again thanks for yesterday.” Mike, July 2015
“Great workshop! Not rushed at all, made it really easy and lots of fun. I especially enjoyed learning to make the covers and seeing all the different kinds of bookbinding.” Ruby, July 2015
“Very good tutorial. Well constructed, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Many thanks!” Michael, July 2015
“An absolutely delightful way to spend a morning and a workshop with a nice item to take home. Loved the feeling of putting it all together at the end.” Liz, July 2015
“Your classes are so inspiring. I’m really, really enjoying them and you’ve so much enthusiasm! Thank you. Looking forward to next week. I’ve made about five Coptic bound books in my head just today, I think I’ve now got the sequence. Thank you again Meg for being the bookbinding teacher.” Penelope, March 2015
“One-on-one Book binding class with Meg in her Chertsey studio: a great 3 hours and what an eye-opener! She is a fantastic teacher, patient and hugely inspirational. Meg, I’ve really enjoyed watching you work. You’ve given me some great ideas and totally changed the way I think about books. Thank you!” Lucy Record, Fulwell, July 2014
“Fancy learning book binding? This is where I learnt and I would highly recommend it. Meg’s lessons are unbelievably inspirational! Be warned though once you start you probably won’t be able to stop!” Book Arts student and textile artist, Lottie Small, June 2014
“Thanks for teaching me on this course. I’ve learned a lot but best of all you have opened up my mind to the possibilities of Book Arts and made me realise I can do anything I set my mind to. It’s given me a massive dose of confidence in myself and my abilities which I’d been lacking. I’ll continue to work really hard on my book-scuplture ideas in preparation for the online exhibition in SomeOddPages for April 2014.” Tommy Gillard, February 2014
“Our tutor creates an enthusiastic atmosphere and has introduced new binding styles with clear introductions and close supervision for those who need extra technical support. The more experienced members are able to continue with seperate projects while also contributing to demonstrations and techniques.” Donald, Kingston-Upon-Thames, December 2013
“I am very happy with the way the Bookbinding course is going. I’ve been coming to these classes for the last 3 years and feel that we are in the best position in all that time. The classes are well-structured with lots of extra help when requested. They are also geared to all levels of competance, a very difficult thing to achieve.” Alan, Isleworth, December 2013
“Thank you for such a good lesson last night and for giving us so much of your time. Much appreciated indeed! I learnt a lot and am looking forward to next week. Many thanks again.” Andrea, Iver, Bucks. November 2013
“Had a great day. Went to Someoddpages session on making albums with the talented and infinitely patient Meg Green. I would recommend it to anyone as they make lovely gifts. Going back for a second helping next week to do Coptic Books. Can’t wait!! Look Meg up on someoddpages, it’s really good fun.” Susan, Staines July 2013
“I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely day. Learning a new skill has never been such fun!” Sally, Cambridge June 2013
“What a wonderful afternoon! We really enjoyed ourselves. Apart from coming away with lovely albums we had so much fun. You are wonderfully gifted and patient, thank you for making it a day to remember. I look forward to the next time.” Patricia, St Margarets June 2013