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Papermaking and Sculptural Bookbinding

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About this workshop

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.

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.

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.


The studio is an inclusive accessible space that beckons in brains and bodies of all types. Bibliophiles, writers, readers, craftspeople and inquisitive minds are sure to fill this workshop.

Your guide

Jane Ponsford is an artist and papermaker based in London and South East England. She works using repetitive processes, constructing sculptural forms made up of hundreds of near identical fragments to make bookworks, sculpture and installations.

Although in the past she has used a variety of materials, recently she has mainly concentrated on working with handmade paper.

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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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