Articulated Leather Staple Binding – 5 days, April 2018 Canberra

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This workshop with Coleen Curry from the USA will introduce one of the fastener techniques using ‘staples’ focusing on a multi-section, soft-cover binding in leather.


Similar to a case structure, the text block is prepared separately from the leathercover with primary sewing. The case is prepared with a leather exterior and articulating doublures inside (without boards). The two are joined with an innovative and conservation-friendly secondary sewing, with hand-made fasteners or ‘staples’ crafted with wire, wood and parchment. The result is a soft-cover binding that is easily reversible and in no way alters or affects the text block. The conservation-based technique is a fun and contemporary take on a centuries old method of secondary sewing.

Basic bookbinding skills are required Experience with leather is not required.


About the Instructor   |  Coleen Curry

Coleen Curry has exhibited internationally and her work is held in many private collections. She studied at the American Academy of Bookbinding (AAB) with Monique Lallier and graduated in 2009 with a diploma in fine binding. Coleen has won international bookbinding prizes and her work has been exhibited around the globe.


Date: 26 – 30 April, 2018

Location: Bookarts, Canberra

Registration: Expressions of interest to Joy Tonkin, [email protected]

Cost: $600, material fee TBA