Botanical Bookbinding


Tues 16 July

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Tues 16 July
10am – 4pm

Join Bookbinder Cassandra Barron for a creative, day long Botanical Bookbinding Workshop, using mark making and binding techniques inspired by flora and fauna. In the morning, Cass will introduce some simple but effective mark making techniques using inks and foraged leaves, resulting in a collection of decorative papers that you will weave into a leather or pleather covered book in the afternoon. Sticking with the nature theme, Cass will teach you a stitched binding method inspired by creeping vines. You can tie the composition of your book together by choosing complimentary threads and materials to make your book to add personal touches.
This fun filled botanical bookbinding workshop is an ideal opportunity for both beginners and keen bookbinders to learn a new range of creative bookbinding techniques. You will leave the workshop with a finished book that makes for a great sketchbook, gardening journal and/or notebook, as well as the skills and confidence to carry on bookbinding at home. After the workshop we will send on links to Cass’s video tutorials to help you on your binding journey. And if you’re hooked on books (you will be) Cass will have kits available to purchase for £12 at the end of the workshop.
All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring along any of your own decorative papers to include in your book.
Following the workshop you will receive access to video instructions should you wish to make more botanical books at home!

About Your Tutor

“I have a background in Fine Art Sculpture, which is were I first discovered bookbinding – making my own sketchbooks out of whatever was to hand so I could get the sculptures I wanted to make out of my head, onto paper and into the world. Driven by a desire to help people explore their own creativity I went on to complete a Masters in Art Museum & Gallery Education, which led to me working as an Art Educator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Artist in Residence at the Girvan Lantern Festival and taking on the role of Development Officer with Voluntary Arts Scotland, supporting community groups of all shapes and sizes to develop and deliver creative activities – all the while teaching myself bookbinding and running bookbinding workshops. In January 2019 I took the leap and went fully freelance and set up Bookbinding with Cass, which enabled me to put together a dynamic programme of creative classes and work in partnership with some fantastic community organisations, sharing my love of bookbinding with people from a range of backgrounds.”

  • All materials for your botanical bookbinding workshop are included in the course cost, but you are welcome to bring your own collection of papers and botanicals to incorporate into your design
  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 16s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know
  • All of our workshops are held at Craft Central, High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0EE
  • If you need to cancel or reschedule your workshop we need at least three weeks notice. Please read our cancellation policy before booking