Sessional Workshops

Workshops:  One-to-one Single Sessions

Workshops Hand bound booksHave a special book project but don’t know where or how to get started?

Sometimes it’s hard to know just what it is you need to learn in order to develop your idea further.  Single session workshops will get you underway. Individual three hour sessions focused around your own project, interests and skills.  These sessions will break down your idea into manageable stages, establish specific core skills and work through the challenges of getting your vision from concept to conclusion.

Tools and materials are provided for you during the session.  Then purchase just what you need for your project.  Special ordering is available, details and costs can be discussed during your own session.  Small groups accommodated, get in touch with the details of your group project.

Core Skills Options:

Each 3 hour workshop can be taken on its own or in combination to develop a range of reliable and adaptable skills.
Cost:  £90, Project materials included, studio tools provided.
Book your session online then CONTACT the studio to select your dates.

Core Skills I:  Simple Case Binding
Clean and pristine, create an A5 hard cover multi-section sewn binding with contrasting spine in cloth finishing.

Core Skills II:  Japanese Binding
Make 2 books: Traditional Japanese bindings in soft and hard covers.

Core Skills III:  Coptic Binding
Ancient non-adhesive lie-flat binding perfect for sketchbooks with distinctive external sewing down the spine.

Core Skills IV:  Fold-Out Bindings 

Make 3 books.  Accordion & concertina bindings as well as an innovative fold-out pamphlet.

Archival Box Making:

Learn to make your own archival boxes in 3 – 4 hour workshops at our studio.  Sessions cover how to create accurate and reliable patterns, how to cut and assemble the pieces and apply the coverings and linings. Perfect for presentations, exhibition, storage for collectibles and valuables.

Boxes I:  Japanese Box with Lid
A solid hand held square box with detachable lid, this session establishes the basic skills for structuring bespoke box making.

Boxes II:  Slide Case with Pull Ribbon
Create a pattern to fit your own selected volume, this session builds your skills adding variations and possibilities.  Slide cases are a good option for protecting collectible books. Fitted with wide pull ribbon to extract the book smoothly from the case without damaging the spine or box edges.

Boxes III:  Drop Spine Box
Drop spine archival boxes are excellent for exhibition works, presentation and storing documents, collectibles and valuables.

Further single sessions in box making can be arranged to suit your own project by contacting the studio.  See more about Archival Boxes and other Bespoke Books.

Specialist Sessions: 

3- and 4-hour workshops designed to develop specific skills or projects.  Realise your concept in concrete stages, develop your own prototype and patterning, determine appropriate materials and practice specialist techniques.

Learn to work leather bindings, create your own artist limited edition, arrange text layout across multiple sections, photoshop design and layout for codex bindings, historical bindings, bespoke archival boxes and cases, drop spine presentation boxes and so much more.

Prices range from £90 – 150 depending upon complexity, all prototype materials included, studio tools and resources available for your own use.  CONTACT the studio to arrange your own session.

Book Arts and Small Editions:

Six 3-hour sessions Working from your own ideas, images and text, develop an individual Artist’s Book or limited Artist’s Edition from concept to conclusion.  Learn to create your pages, bindings and book structures which bring your idea to life in book form.  Reliable adaptable skills across a range of topics specifically structured to lead your work through stages of production for exhibition and sale.  One to one guidance, scheduling to suit your own schedule.  CONTACT for group rates.

Feedback from our students:

“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

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