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The Lost Art of Bookbinding: Bookbinding 101 Workshop

Are you an avid book lover? Do you appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted, hand-bound book? If so, then mark your calendar for the upcoming event, Bookbinding 101, hosted by The Old English Bindery on July 8 or August 19 in Poet's Corner, Gastown!

Event Details:

Bookbinding 101 is a unique opportunity for book enthusiasts and creative individuals to learn the art of bookbinding from experts in the field. Whether you're a complete beginner or have some experience in bookbinding, this event is designed to cater to all skill levels.

What to Expect:

During the event, participants will delve into the fascinating world of bookbinding and discover the techniques and craftsmanship behind creating hand-bound books. The experienced instructors will guide you through the step-by-step process of creating your own journal!

Why Attend:

  1. Hands-on Experience: Bookbinding 101 offers a hands-on learning experience, allowing you to actively participate in creating your own hand-bound book. You'll gain practical skills that you can continue to develop long after the event is over and progress to more advanced techniques.

  2. Connect with Like-minded Individuals: This event provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow book enthusiasts, share your passion for books, bookbinding, and exchange ideas. You might even make new friends who share your love for the art of bookmaking.

  3. Discover Your Creative Side: Bookbinding is not only a practical skill but also a creative outlet. Through this event, you can tap into your artistic abilities and unleash your creativity, all while creating something beautiful and functional.


Amrita Aggarwal, an experienced member of the AMNIe Expert Network, is a passionate storyteller and strategist dedicated to helping organizations achieve an equitable and sustainable future. With a background in fine arts and business, she brings a unique blend of skills as a natural facilitator and strategist. Amrita's goal is to create positive social change by leveraging her energy, enthusiasm, and expertise. She actively contributes to organizations like Lean In Canada and YWCA to foster inclusive and healthy communities. Amrita acknowledges and appreciates the cultural and historical context of the First Nations territories on which she resides.

Richard Smart, a 3rd generation bookbinder from London, England, is a master of his craft. In 2000, he established the Old English Bindery in Vancouver, Canada, and quickly gained recognition for his exceptional craftsmanship. Richard's expertise lies in creating exquisite and period-style bindings, honed through studies in gold-finishing techniques at Sangorski & Sutcliffe in London. He has worked on prestigious projects and created handcrafted designer bindings for notable clients like Charlton Heston, Hunter S. Thompson, and Mark Mothersbaugh. Notably, Richard was commissioned by the Government of Canada and the Department of Veteran's Affairs to bind the Seventh Book of Remembrance, preserving the memory of Canadian service men and women who died in military service.

While Amrita will be leading the session, Richard Smart, the esteemed bookbinder, will be working in the background on his restoration projects. You'll have the opportunity to witness a master at work as Richard focuses on his intricate craftsmanship and restoration work. Amrita will guide and facilitate the session, sharing her expertise and leading the participants in engaging discussions and activities. It will be a unique experience where you can learn from both Amrita's strategic insights and Richard's exceptional bookbinding skills.

How to Register:

To secure your spot at Bookbinding 101, simply visit the Eventbrite page and follow the instructions to register. Hurry, as spaces are limited and tend to fill up quickly.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn the art of bookbinding from skilled professionals in a friendly and supportive environment. Bookbinding 101 promises to be an enriching and memorable experience for all attendees.

Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and get ready to embark on a journey into the captivating world of bookbinding!

Era Psodis, Creative IA - with help from AI

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