Training Days

The Training Days at the Southern Bookcrafts Club are usually suitable for all levels of experience and ability
although a basic understanding of bookbinding will be beneficial. However some Training Days will only be suitable for intermediate level and above.  They are normally limited to not more than ten students, and take place at our Bindery in Winchester (Hampshire). Training Days are open to all.

The Schedule for the first half of 2020 is below

 Date Title Tutor
Saturday February 15th 2020 Binding

Mark was trained by Maureen Duke and will show you some Duke’s Dodges plus his own ‘efficiencies’ when binding in the studio. This is a chance to learn how to improve techniques and learn new ways of doing things. Mark will take us through the process of binding a winner of the Mann Booker prize – from reading the book to interpreting the content to produce a world class fine binding. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced.

 Mark Cockram

Saturday March 7th 2020
 Magic Boxes

Using the same construction principle as the Jacobs’ Ladder for the lid, Lori from BINDING re:DEFINED will teach us how to make these delightful magic boxes that open from both directions to reveal different compartments.

We will use paper to cover the small boxes, which will have a finished dimension on approximately 120mmx40mmx 60mm.

 Lori Sauer

Saturday April 25th 2020 Finishing with foil

A one day workshop showing the different techniques used for titling and finishing books with gold or coloured foils. The use of hand letters, a type holder, blocking press, rolls and pallets will be demonstrated on both cloth and leather covering materials. Participants will be encouraged to practice on dummy backs and boards before finishing their own work.
 Nick Cowlishaw

Saturday May 2nd 2020 An introduction to working with leather

An introduction to working with leather considering materials and techniques. This one-day course will cover the basics of selecting, cutting and paring leather, and its joining and fixing to boards to make decorative covers. Through demonstrations and practical tasks, participants will learn how to work with inlay and onlay to achieve simple embellishment.
 Nigel Pressnell

Saturday June 20th 2020 Making Phase boxes

Phase boxes protect and/or arrest deterioration of books in need of professional repair and cleaning, and indicate to users that care is needed when handling the book. You will learn how to create the simple but effective box structure and be shown how it can be used to develop other forms which can be used to hold small books in cradles, very thin books or multiple pamphlets on platforms, and books of different sizes within one box. The essential skills are measuring and cutting. On the day you will make one basic phase box and another with a cradle and platform to hold and protect smaller books or one to suit your own book.

 David Nye

A brochure detailing our Training Days for the first half of 2020 is available to download below (at very bottom).

A list of previous Training Days is here.

To apply for a place of a training day please complete this form. You will be advised as soon as possible if a place is still available and you must pay the fee by return to secure your place. Full details for payment method will be emailed to you once you have been reserved a place. Your place is not confirmed until payment is received.

Each Training costs £45 per day  (£35 for Full Club Members and current Winchester trainees). There will often be an additional charge  (typically £5.00 - £10.00 per person) payable at each session directly to the Tutor for materials etc. Some tutors may also bring relevant tools, materials for sale.

For all Training Days, if possible, please bring simple tools including craft knife, metal straightedge, bone folder & apron.

It's most convenient if you bring your own packed lunch. Coffee, Tea and biscuits are provided free, and a Microwave is available.

All courses take place at the club’s bindery in Winchester and run from 10:00 to about 16:30

For more information please contact the Club’s Training Organiser, Eliza Bruml  email

Our Tutors

Kathy Abbott

Kathy served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained an HND from the London College of Printing, followed by a BA (Hons) Bookbinding from Roehampton University.
Kathy is a partner of Benchmark Bindery, set up in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge.
She teaches Advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts many workshops across the UK.
Kathy is a founder member of the group: Tomorrow's Past and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.

Sonia Bradford

Sonia is a professional paper and book conservator who gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Books and Library Material at West Dean College. Currently she is working at the Conservation Unit of the University of Southampton.

Eliza Bruml

Eliza originally trained as a horticulturist, specialising in Landscape Design. After spending many years working in book publishing and then web design she then studied for a City Guilds qualification in Creative Embroidery which included work with paper and book making. She had finally found her niche and studied book binding at Morley College, Red Hot Press and City Lit. She has a specific interest in combining traditional techniques with new technologies. Her work uses digital design and laser cutting to produce hand-made books, often in combination with embroidery and letterpress, and Eliza looks forward to sharing these innovative techniques.

Clare Bryan 

Clare studied Graphic Design at Salisbury College of Art (1983-87) and worked in the industry for several years before returning to study Printmaking and Bookbinding at Croydon College of Art (1994-96) and then an MA in Bookarts at Camberwell College of Art (1997-98). She is a member of ‘FOLD’, a group of four artists working with a combined interest in print and book arts. Combining Teaching and Small Press work she currently teaches at various London colleges and works for and often collaborates with other artists making artists books & boxes.

She has exhibited widely throughout the UK with work in various public and private collections including Yale Centre for British Art, The Government Art Collection and The Tate.

Tracey Bush

Tracey is a paper artist who works with the artist's book form, Her work is held in International collections, such as the Tate Gallery, Bodleian Library, Winchester School of Art Library, and the Yale Centre for British Art, etc.

In 2014 several of her artist's books were featured in the museum show' Of Green leaf, bird and flower, artists books and the natural world' at the Yale Centre for British Art, USA. In 2016 Tracey was artist in residence at the Publisher Hub, Winchester School of Art where she experimented with risograph printing to produce the artsit's book 'Dusk' which in 2017 won the J.Hewit award for excellence in Design (SOB) and the second open choice prize in the annual Designer Bookbinders competition. Tracey is an experienced educator and has delivered workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Library, West Dean College and the Barbican Centre.

Mark Cockram

Mark was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2001, Brother of the Art Workers Guild in 2008 and Special Researcher - University of Shanghai School of Art and Design in 2019. After studying art and design at Lincolnshire College of Art, Mark worked as a free lance artist and designer.  After graduating from the bookbinding course at Guildford College of Technology he went on to study Japanese bookbinding and related subjects at 'Studio Livre' Tokyo and London College of Printing. Mark opened his bookbinding studio in Lincoln in 1992 and Studio Five, London in 2003. He works in fine contemporary bookbinding, book arts, printing and box art. Teaching various aspects of bookbinding / book arts in Studio Five, the UK, France, USA, India, the Philippines, Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong. His work is eclectic, once being described as the Christian Lacroix of bookbinding. Mark's diverse work is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. Since being elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders he has been a regular Booker Binder.

Nick Cowlishaw

Nick served a six year hand bookbinding apprenticeship and has been a professional bookbinder ever since, with 50 years of experience in the craft.
He taught craft bookbinding at the London College of Printing for 18 years, and part time at Morley College London for a further 14 years.

Arthur Green

Arthur is an independent Book Conservator with particular interest in the history of the book. After five years working as a trade bookbinder he graduated with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2008. Following internships at The Leather Conservation Centre and The British Library Arthur worked for the Oxford Conservation Consortium, he then spent over five years working at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Arthur has published on bookbinding and conservation and started teaching in 2012. In 2016 he established his own
conservation studio in Oxfordshire (now moved to
Hanley Swan, Worcestershire).

Martin Frost
Martin is the last commercial fore edge painter in the UK (
the craft was made popular in the 18th century). A trained artist and designer Martin demonstrates the art of painting on the fanned pages of a book so that nothing is visible until you fan the pages releasing the hidden secret of the illustration.

John Green

John is one of the most experienced bookbinders in our club, having studied extensively at Morley College, London over many years. He leads the 13 week Introductory Courses for those new to bookbinding and now also runs some of our Training Days.

Kate Holland
Kate is a multi-award winning Fellow of Designer Bookbinders specialising in contemporary fine bindings to commission or for exhibition. She has books in many public and private collections around the world and, in 2015, was commissioned to bind a title from the Man Booker shortlist. Examples of her work are on her web site.

Paul Johnson
Paul was senior lecturer in art education at Manchester Metropolitan University before becoming self-employed in the book arts. Author of sixteen books including A Book of One’s Own, and Literacy Through the Book Arts, he continues to run workshops in the UK and USA although now semi-retired. For his work in the book arts he received the Colophon Award from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and the Portnall Award from the UK Society of Bookbinders.

Gene Mahon

Gene is a hand bookbinder and conservator of art on paper and books. After an earlier career as a designer/art director, he trained as a conservator at Camberwell College of Art. He was active in the Society of Bookbinders through the '90s and taught bookbinding at an adult education institute in London for around 10 years. He continues to give workshops in the regions for the SoB.

David Mills

Served apprenticeship in a stationery Binders while taking his City and Guilds in Advanced Craft. Attended Camberwell School of Arts and Craft Bookbinding course and taught at the London School of Printing. Studied a MA in History of Art concerned with Book Arts. His work is found in Tate Britain and the V & A Artist Book collection. Runs Sundial Bookbinders and teaches at Morley College in London.

David Nye
David began amateur bookbinding activities when he retired and joined a group of volunteers in the Admiralty Library in Portsmouth Naval Base. A professional book conservator, Caroline Bendix, trained the volunteers to carry out assessments, cleaning and basic repair, and then additional skills including box making. Other short courses followed with skilled binders and monthly lessons with the wonderful Maureen Duke.

Janine Pope

Primarily a textile artist, but Janine is also trained in bookbinding. Her speciality is drawing, print and stitch. Previous winner of the SoB's annual competition for 'Best overall book by an amateur bookbinder'. See her web site.

Dieter Räder

Dieter has been binding books for the past 35 years, After a full bookbinding apprenticeship in Germany he worked in Marseilles and Vienna before moving to the UK. In the early nineties he opened his own bindery in Somerset which he ran for over eighteen years. For six years he then established and managed the new fine binding and restoration department of a commercial bindery in London. He has now started a new bindery and letterpress in Wiltshire ( )
Dieter’s clients range from individual private collectors and booksellers to major university libraries, museums, and the Royal Collection

Lori Sauer

Lori specialises in contemporary fine binding and works on private commissions and bindings for the Booker Prize. For the last decade Lori has turned her attention to the development and promotion of alternative binding structures and passes on her knowledge of them through teaching. Her work is held in public and private collections both in the UK and overseas. She is the founder and director of BINDING reDEFINED.

Freya Scott

Freya works as a freelance commercial and theatre photographer and bookbinder. She is currently working with Otter Bookbinding as a bookbinder and in-house photographer. She is also a tutor with The Wiltshire Barn Project .

Rachel Ward-Sale

A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Rachel works as a self employed bookbinder, undertaking a wide variety of projects. Although a large proportion of her current work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, she has a strong interest centred on the creation of designed bindings.

Robert Pattison,
4 Nov 2019, 12:06