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Class No 912 – fee $420 +  materials fee $60




1: Millimetre binding. This binding style was developed around the time of the second world war; shortages in all kinds of materials meant leather was in short supply. Binders therefore used minimal amounts of leather for the areas most susceptible to wear – the spine, corners/ board edges. The boards are covered in a decorated paper ( often paste papers ).

Millimetre bindings are often used for fine bindings; students will learn techniques to achieve a high level of finish on their books, including the modified sewing structure on hemp cords. Headbands of rolled leather will be incorporated. The ‘millimetre’ of this binding often refers, literally, to the amount of leather showing on the finished book.

2: 2-Piece box with fitted lid. Students will be taught the construction and covering methods of a 2 piece box, covered in either buckram and/or paper. Students will be able to choose from a few lid-and -base styles for their box.

3: Limp leather notebook. Students will learn a simple method of creating a notebook with unique closure that uses a pen/pencil as the locking mechanism. There will be scope to individualise the spine and boards with decorative sewing and leatherwork.

Phil first took book binding lessons in Bath, England in the binding studio at the Bath Artist Printmakers. At the same time he completed a short course at Brunel Technical College in Bristol. From there he moved to Lyon, France, where he studied under Myriam Bassett, a former pupil of Sun Evrard, at the Ecole du Livres Jean Grolier.

On moving back to Australia he worked in several places as a professional binder before, some 10 years ago, setting up his own Melbourne School of Book Binding where he both teaches and provides book binding services.


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