Artisanal Binding without Seams

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
Art designer and binder. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 04/21/2018
, Art designer and binder

Learn to bind a graphic piece without interrupting the image

  • 100% Positive reviews (239)
  • 3507 students
  • Spanish with subtitles
Artisanal Binding without Seams

Learn to bind a graphic piece without interrupting the image

  • Spanish with subtitles
  • 100% Positive reviews (239)
  • 3507 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (5h 14m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish / English / Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

Susana Domínguez -artist dedicated to the design of artistic binding- uses the art of bookbinding to create unique works; the artisan techniques that it applies become the perfect process to bind publications with a special value such as artist's books. Her work has been awarded in several countries (in Spain she was awarded the National Prize for Artistic Binding in 2017) and since 2006, she has headed up Códex with her partner Guadalupe Roldán, a study that has become an international reference in the artistic binding and from which he seeks a way to make bookbinding something contemporary and accessible.

Susana's work is characterized by experimenting with all kinds of materials and techniques that, often, borrow from other disciplines. For Susana, the external aspect of the publication is directly related to what its pages treasure, so that it is the content that determines the external appearance of the book and the choice of materials, creating a continent that has to be up to par. Of content.

In this course you will learn how to make an artist's book using techniques that will allow you to open the book completely, since the type of binding you will learn with Susana does not have any type of staple, stitching or interruption of the image; This type of binding is the result of combining three different techniques: the Japanese concertina, the "perfect binding" (or "American-style binding") and the technique of stitched lids.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Tools and materials
  • U3
    U3. Elaboration of the body of the book
  • U4
    U4. Preparation of the coating and final recommendations
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start knowing Susana's work, who will tell you about her professional evolution and her influences. In addition, you will see what is an artist's book, some of the different formats and presentations and their peculiarities.

Next, you will discover different types of paper that you can use for your publications and you will learn about different coatings and finishes.

Susana will also explain the tools and materials you will need to embark on an artistic binding project.

You will learn to prepare the printed paper and you will work the folding and gluing of your book.

To finish, Susana will show you different techniques to create unique covers with leather and vinyl paper.

What is this course's project?

You will make two books without seams or staples, one finished in leather and another with vinyl paper, through a simple binding technique very useful and practical for all types of graphic work.

Course student projects

Who is it for?

Photographers, illustrators, designers, artists and anyone interested in binding graphic work in a unique and handmade way.

What you need

No previous knowledge of any kind is necessary, since Susana will guide you throughout the binding process.

With respect to the materials, you will need a cutter, a folding knife, a ruler, a heel square (or any object with a 90º angle), a brush, cutting surface, cardboard, paper, white glue and any other material that you have by hand and want to incorporate to your artist book.


3507 Students
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Susana Dominguez Martin

Art designer and binder

Formed in the classic techniques of binding, his effort has always been to make this an affordable art looking for less expensive techniques, in time and materials, that help to bring a contemporary image to the artist's book, beyond that provided by the binding classic The personal style of Susana Domínguez is characterized by the constant research on new materials and techniques, working together with artists and techniques from other disciplines, but always looking for a personal image with solutions that adapt to the needs of the current binding.

Susana has been awarded in Spain and in other European countries for her work in the world of bookbinding and since 2006, she has been teaching in the Códex studio, together with Guadalupe Roldán. Códex, the studio of which she is founder, has become an international reference in artistic binding, and a space for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in which a large number of bookbinders and artists of different nationalities have been trained.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What is an artist's book?
  • U2

    Tools and materials

    • Types of paper
    • Coatings and finishes
    • Tools for the project
    • Materials for the project
  • U3

    Elaboration of the body of the book

    • Preparation of printed paper 1
    • Preparing printed paper 2
    • Preparation of the skin and decorative paper: chrome tanning
    • Preparation of the skin and decorative paper: vegetable tanning
    • Folding of the body, preparation of cardboard for lids and pressing 1
    • Folding of the body, preparation of cardboard for covers and pressing 2
    • Gluing
  • U4

    Preparation of the coating and final recommendations

    • Covering of leather covers 1
    • Covering of leather covers 2
    • Covering of covers in vinyl paper 1
    • Covering of covers in vinyl paper 2
    • Covering of covers in vinyl paper 3
    • Finishes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Seamless bookbinding

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Artisanal Binding without Seams. A Craft course by Susana Dominguez Martin

Artisanal Binding without Seams

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
Art designer and binder. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 04/21/2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (239)
  • 3507 students