Bookingbinding (Introduction to Intermediate Level) – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Bookingbinding (Introduction to Intermediate Level)

Bookingbinding (Introduction to Intermediate Level)
Date: October 2 – November 27, 2023 (Mondays, 8 weeks)
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Instructor: Liam Ross
Fee: $132 plus HST (Members) | Fee: $151.80 plus HST (Non-Members)

Learn how to make elegant notebooks decorated with marbled paper! This course will cover the approachable bookbinding projects through a series of instructional sessions that will become a launchpad for you to create self-directed work. When the course is finished, you’ll have a collection of self-made pieces that can be used or gifted. Maximum students 8 (No class on October 9) Materials fee not included

Week 1: Discussion: Marbling Tools & Techniques
Suminagashi Paper Marbling
Explore Experimental Techniques

Week 2: Discussion: Making Cover Boards
Softcover Boards
Discussion: Bookbinding Tools & Techniques
Saddle Stitch

Week 3: Discussion: Stab Stitch
Softcover Stab Stitch

Week 4: Hardcover Boards
Hardcover Stab Stitch

Week 5: Discussion: Stab Stitch Variations
Hemp Leaf Stitch and Experimental Styles

Week 6: Discussion: Coptic Binding
Small Softcover Coptic-Bound Book

Week 7: Recap: Coptic Binding
Practice: Large Hardcover Coptic-Bound Book

Week 8: Discussion: Concertina Binding
Practice: Concertina Binding

Liam Ross is a Canadian settler artist and teacher who works with paper-related art/craft processes and foraged art materials. His practice is informed by the legacies of life, work, and activism in Mi’kma’ki and the relationship formed here between the sea, the land, and the people.

Liam has worked throughout the region to develop and deliver arts-focused programming, aiming to connect communities and schools to new creative practices. In 2020, he was selected to take part in the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program, and in 2021 he was the assistant curator for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia permanent exhibition TYRANNY. In 2022, he joined NSCAD University as an instructor in the Extended Studies Program to bring accessible art and craft education to the local community.

He is currently based on Unama’ki/Cape Breton Island. You can find his work on Instagram under the handle @bigturtlemoon.

Advance registration for members begins August 21

General registration for non-members begins September 11

For more information on this program or to register, email