Book Binding Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Join mixed media artist Jen Crossley and learn metal etching and Coptic stitching to make a bound book with an etched metal cover.

Be warned, metal etching can be addictive! But Jen will teach you everything you need to know to do it safely at home.

In this full-day workshop, you will make a book cover out of brass which you will decorate through the etching process. You will learn to use the Coptic stitch to bind your book together. Finally, you will decorate the spine of your book with some treasures that you’ve brought from home.

At the end of the day, you can take your book home to use as a journal or display in pride of place.

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events, and residencies.

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  • Sat 26 Oct


Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350

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$250 per person

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  • Actively welcomes people with access needs.

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