Papermaking and Sculptural Bookbinding

    Learn how to make a book from scratch (paper, bookbinding, etc.) in this Papermaking and Sculptural Bookbinding workshop by Object Book

    Bookbinding class hosted by Object Book

    Beginners welcome

    Three session workshop

    Object Book, SW19

    What you'll learn

    We often talk about making a meal from scratch, but making a book from scratch is next level. Learn how to do exactly that - paper and binding and all - in this Papermaking and Sculptural Bookbinding workshop at Merton Abbey Mills.

    In this class

    The three-day workshop will begin with paper. You'll use locally sourced cotton textiles to create paper with your own hands. You'll then learn simple binding techniques for turning those sheafs of paper into a bona-fide 'sculptural book'. The books will take over the window of Object Book studio for a week, after which you'll go home with your creation under your arm.

    Now you can

    • hone two unique bookmaking skills in one go
    • create one-of-a-kind sculptural book gifts for friends and family
    • engage more deeply and meaningfully with the materials you use in your book art projects


    Your sculptural book can be folded shut after its stint in the window display, and then it's yours to keep. Display it, gift it, build upon it.

    Did you know?

    Bookbinding in the Middle Ages was a bit fancy. Ivory, wood, leather, brass and sometimes even jewels were all used in the bookbinding process. It's would have been hard not to judge a book by its cover when they're made of such exquisite things! Get en route to rivalling the medieval masters in this unique Object Book workshop in Merton.

    Class location

    Object Book, Merton

    Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mills

    SW19 2RD


    About your host, Object Book

    Run by artist Chloe Spicer, Object Book is an experimental book arts studio in Merton that puts on artist workshops and events.

    Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills: a converted, 18th-century textile factory in Merton. The studio is run by Chloe Spicer, an artist, library curator and book lover trained in the art of handling rare books and archival materials. Check out Chloe's workshops to learn all manner of things from sculpting books into unique art pieces and making your own paper to using books as instruments!

    Find us:

    • Just a stone’s throw away from South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood stations.

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.