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Handmade Binding without Stitches

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017). Madrid, Spain.
Joined April 2018
, National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017)

Learn to bind graphic artwork for full-image viewing

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (976)
  • 15296 students

Learn to bind graphic artwork for full-image viewing



Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (976)
  • 15296 students
  • 20 lessons (5h 14m)
  • 10 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Susana Domínguez is an artist and expert in handmade bookbinding who uses her craft to bind pages into one-of-a-kind works of art. Her artisanal techniques add the perfect finish to publications that already hold immense personal value, such as artists' books. The quality and creativity of her work has earned her awards in multiple countries, including the 2017 National Artistic Bookbinding Award in Spain. Since 2006, she has been working side by side with her business partner Guadalupe Roldán to run Códex, a studio that has become an international reference in artistic bookbinding and whose mission is to bring this art form into the 21st century and make it accessible for everyone.

Susana's work is characterized by her desire to break new ground; she is constantly experimenting with a variety of new materials and techniques, often borrowed from other disciplines. For Susana, the outward appearance of a book is directly related to what its pages hold, meaning that what's inside determines how the outside looks and the materials it's made of, creating a casing that matches the quality of its content.

In this course, learn how to make an artists' book using techniques that don't leave a curve between pages. Susana teaches you how to bind a book without staples, stitches, or image creases by combining three different techniques: Orihon, perfect binding, and case binding.

What will you learn in this online 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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Start the course by getting to know Susana and her work as she talks through her professional career and shares her biggest influences. She also introduces you to the concept of an artists' book and shows you the range of formats and designs they can have, as well as some of their peculiarities.

Discover what kind of paper you can use for your projects and learn about different covers and finishes.

Susana then shows you the tools and materials you need to embark on your bookbinding journey.
Learn how to prepare printed pages before moving on to the folding and gluing process.

To wrap everything up, Susana teaches you a set of techniques to create original covers using leather and vinyl paper.

What is this course's project?

Create two books without stitches or staples, one in leather and the other in vinyl paper, using a simple, yet highly practical binding technique that's perfect for all kinds of graphic artwork.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers, illustrators, designers, artists, and anyone interested in hand-binding graphic art with a unique finish.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary as Susana guides you through the entire binding process step by step.

In terms of materials, you need a utility knife, a bone folder, a ruler, a square (or similar object with a 90° angle), a brush, a cutting surface, card stock, paper, white glue, and any other material you have on hand that you want to add to your book.


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Susana Dominguez Martin

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National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017)

As a classically-trained bookbinder, Susana's mission has always been to expand accessibility to this art form by searching for more affordable techniques, in terms of both time and materials, that also lend a contemporary image to the artist's book, beyond that of classic bookbinding. Susana Domínguez's style is characterized by her drive to break new ground while defining her image and seeking solutions to the needs of modern-day bookbinding. She is constantly experimenting with different materials and techniques, learning from fellow artists, and often borrowing from other disciplines.

Her work has earned awards in Spain and other EU countries. Since 2006, she has been teaching her craft alongside Guadalupe Roldán at the studio she founded: Códex. Their studio has become an international reference in artistic bookbinding and is a space for exchanging ideas and knowledge where many bookbinders and artists from different nationalities have honed their skills and explored their creative potential.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

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

Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Handmade Binding without Stitches. Craft course by Susana Dominguez Martin Best seller

Handmade Binding without Stitches

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017). Madrid, Spain.
Joined April 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (976)
  • 15296 students