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Intro to Book Arts

Merton SW19
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3 hour class
This unique class at Merton Abbey Mills is the perfect introduction to the craft of book arts.
Intro to Book Arts
by Object Book
Intro to Book Arts by Object Book - crafts in London

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What you will do

3 hour class


Books have always been portals to other worlds, but their creative potential doesn't end there. This unique class at Merton Abbey Mills is the perfect introduction to the craft of book arts. Beginners welcome; you'll learn the many ways in which you can turn these powerful paper objects into something entirely new.

In this class

In this class, you'll learn the many ways you can sculpt and tease books into unique art objects. Three activities will be pre-picked out of the following: book sculpting, pamphlet binding, collage/black-out books, miniature book jewelry and narrative photo books. The class is designed to give you a little taster of multiple book arts; so you can decide which world is calling you the most!

Now you can

  • craft original art pieces to give to book-loving friends and family
  • repurpose old books you might have been meaning to donate
  • discover new ways to celebrate and immortalise words and literature


You'll get to go home with your lovely literary creation, be it a sculpture, photo book or cute piece of jewelry. Participants are advised to bring an old book of their own along (though some will be available from the studio if you can't bear to reinvent your favourite tome!)

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Did you know?

Part of the M6 toll road is built from books. Pulped copies of Mills and Boon novels, to be exact. During construction, 2.5 million books were shredded into a paste and then added to a mixture of asphalt and Tarmac to prevent it cracking. Romantic! You might not be building roads at this intro class at Object Book, but you'll leave with new ideas about the immortal and flexible lives of books!
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Class location

Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mills
SW19 2RD

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Intro to Book Arts by Object Book - crafts in London

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.
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Flexible cancellation policy

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

Intro to Book Arts
by Object Book
Intro to Book Arts by Object Book - crafts in London
3 hour class