An assortment of opened book spines seen from above
A bound book and a fitted case lay on a table
A decorated book cover

The Floating Spine: Covered & Visible

Date: June 15-17, 2018 (Summer)
Medium: Leather Bookbinding
Instructor: Gabrielle Fox (email)
Skill Level: All; previous experience in making books will help you enjoy the class

In this two-day class you will learn how to create a full leather-bound book using the simplest version of this structure. The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens and closes, and the possible variations that can be used for both design and conservation binding. This basic structure creates a binding which is full leather, inside and out, and the final step is to sew in the pages. You may also have time in the class to explore several on lay techniques, using pre-thinned leather and decorative papers which Gabrielle will provide.

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Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.


Supply List

Students will need

  • 4 pressing boards larger than the text block (maximum given to students is 4.5 x 6.5 x .75 deep)
  • 2 weights (brick weight or less)

Other materials will be purchased from instructor (approximately $50.00)


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Gabrielle Fox is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the 1980’s she taught throughout England and worked from her studio in Sussex before returning to Ohio in 1990. Her work is represented in many public and private libraries and in 2016 was exhibited in “The Poet of Them All” at the Yale Center for British Art and in 2017 was exhibited with Designer Bookbinders’ “Heroic Works” at North Bennet Street School. Gabrielle has had two books published: The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books and LARKSPUR PRESS: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community.