Discover the Craft of Bookbinding

Ever wanted to explore the specialized craft of bookbinding for you or your loved ones? As you fully immerse yourself during these classes you will learn several simple hand-sewn book structures perfect for making pocket notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and more. Particular attention will be given to the final outcomes such as finished objects based on the personal skills, interests and attitudes of each student.

The course is for anyone with a special interest in bookbinding or handmaking in general. It is an especially brilliant experience for anyone who wants to develop craft-making skills. With minimal commitment per week this workshop acts as a creative and safe getaway for the stressful. The perfect recipe for the the busy adult learner!

Throughout this course you will benefit from the hands-on practical experience you need to hone your craft through a series of creative workshops.

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Upcoming Commencement Dates: 4th January 2022 ‘ *This course tends to become full quickly

Times and Sessions: Every Tuesday between 7PM-9:30PM

Duration: 20 hrs (8 sessions)  |  Fee: 170 euros

Application Deadline: All enrolments are to be confirmed by not later than 5th December. A 15 euro late admission applies on last minute applications (subject to available places)

Enrollments made before November 21st 2021 benefit from a 15 euro Early Enrollment Discount. Use coupon code: EarlyChristmasEnrollment21

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Course Description

Disclaimer: Due to the current COVID-19 situation being still liquid and as part of our Special H&S, Mitigation and Continuity of Learning Policy students may have the option to attend the course online or physically in-class*. Continue reading


* Physical classes are subject to be suspended or transferred online with or without prior notice depending on the then current COVID-19 situation. 

Stay Safe. Learn Online & Benefit from a 20 euro voucher! It’s on us!

Students who choose to attend their sessions online will benefit from a further 20 euro voucher. A coupon discount will be emailed to you after your first enrollment.

Course Overview

This course is specifically designed for adults with little to no prior knowledge in bookbinding. During this course, you will learn several simple hand-sewn book structures perfect for making pocket notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and more. Historical notes and technical tips will be also given according to the object we will be creating each session.

Particular attention will be given to the final outcomes such as finished objects based on the personal skills, interests and attitudes of each student.

What will you Learn?

The goals of the course are:

  • Acquire knowledge of the different tools, materials and basic elements
  • Create different types of different hand-sewn books and protective enclosures for documents
  • Develop a your 1st personal Bookbinding portfolio

We will also discuss theory, technique and process through lectures. Theoretical notes will also be provided as an integral part of the course.

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Rebecca Ranieri, is a professional artist and an Italian paper and book conservator by profession.

Native of Parma- Italy, Rebecca showed interest for art from a very young age. After dabbling in art school, she later pursued her professional studies in paper and photography Conservation where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Bologna. Rebecca specialized in subjects such as etching, librarianship, bookbinding, paleography and calligraphy. 

Since falling in love with – and in!  Malta in 2017, she continued working as a paper conservator while fulfilling her passion for art and teaching.

Amidst the recent challenging period of the pandemic Rebecca rediscovered the claim for making art during lockdowns. The obligation to spend more time indoor allowed her to get back to her canvas in full swing! She chose to add colour and share her sparkly talents with others. She has since launched several art exhibitions across different art spaces in Malta and Gozo.

Besides her love for art and anything creative she most passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, but most in particular those with the will to get their hands dirty and their creative brains sparking!

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