Bookbinding – The Ideal Sketchbook


Residential course

Dominic Riley

12 April 2021 to 14 April 2021

From £266 Non-resident fee

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This course is ideal for those who love to make their own books.  This workshop offers basic skills in bookbinding which can be repeated at home with no specialised equipment.

Strong, elegant and pleasing to use, this was the ‘daybook’ of choice for all the great romantic English poets and artists. This structure is modelled on the nineteenth century artists’ sketchbooks and journals, similar to the ones used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered across the Lake District to draw and write. It is an honest structure made simply and from high quality materials, opens beautifully and is very durable.

It can be made at home with no equipment, just a few simple tools, and since it is not ‘cased-in’ requires very little pressing.

Residential Fees From: £378.   Non Residential: £266

Tutor information

Dominic Riley is an internationally renowned bookbinder, restorer, artist and teacher. He has won over twenty prizes for his Design Binding, including the first prize — The Sir Paul Getty Award — in the International Bookbinding Competition in 2013, and first prize for restoration — the Bernard Middleton Award — in the Society of Bookbinders’ competition. He restores books for antiquarian booksellers and collectors in the UK and USA, and teaches throughout the year both here and in America, including a summer residency at the San Francisco Center for the Book. He has also taught and lectured extensively across the USA for the Guild of Bookworkers, as well as teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil and the Czech Republic. His school, Bookbinding in the Lakes, was founded in 2009.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.