Critical Tourism – The Art of Bookmaking

During this week’s session, we were joined by Simon Goode from the London Centre for Book Arts who taught us the art of making and binding books by hand.

The idea of the session was to learn the skills required to make a book by hand which in turn could help us in the production of our final tourist guides to Birmingham. The session was really informative and fun and we all had our own go at making and binding our own mini 28 page books.


Having our own go; the tools and methods required for hand sewing your own book.

Using a selection of tools, papers and card, the session was practical and we were all taught two different methods of hand sewing the spine of the book together. The diagram in the image indicates the sewing method needed to secure the book in place.


After we had all had a go and bound our own books, we then gathered back in our groups for tutorials with Tom and Simon. Following the interim review, the purpose of these tutorials was to try to finalise the direction in which we were going with the guides and start to discuss how we might want to bind and present the final books.

Our group tutorial was successful and we discussed the idea of using Trump’s own biographies to emulate his language within our own guide. We are currently spending the next few days gathering the information required in order to begin presenting our guide on Saturday as a group.

On reflection, the session was very interesting and we have discussed how we could use the various sewing techniques we learned to present our final book.


Holly Turton; Group 3

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