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Bookbinding - Make your own journal

September 22 - Create your own handcrafted journal

  • 80 US dollars
  • Small Space Art Collective

Service Description

Have you always wanted to make your own handcrafted journal that you can write in, draw in, and keep special treasures in? Learn the ancient art of coptic bookbinding from fine artist Kristianne Riddle. This engaging, hands-on class with Kristianne teaches the simple art of sewing signatures of paper together to form a book. In the coptic style, the pages of the book open and lay flat so you can draw easily on each and every page. If you love sewing and paper as much as Kristianne, you will love creating your own handmade journal. You will take home a completed journal and the understanding of how to simply bind paper together to create more hand bound journals on your own. Tools supplied: Paper for pages of the book Chipboard for the front and back cover of the book Photographs by Kristianne on paper and fabric that you can use to create a unique cover for your journal Archival glue Templates for the binding holes Sewing needle Waxed linen thread in a variety of colors Bone folder Feel free to bring your own pieces of thin fabric or paper to use on the cover of your journal. The journal will be approximately 5x7” No prior experience is necessary! Kristianne will guide you through the entire process, from making your cover using paper or fabric to forming the signatures, a binding template, then sewing everything together into a beautiful bound book. Group is limited to 8 participants. Get your tickets today! For adults and teens when accompanied by an adult. About the Instructor Kristianne is a visual artist captivated by the photographic process, paper sculpture, and book arts. Common themes in her work are the personal narrative and its intersection with the environment and motherhood. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from California State University Long Beach and has exhibited her work around the country. Her award-winning photographs are held in private and permanent museum collections and she regularly works with corporate clients creating imagery for advertising campaigns, magazines, and websites.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Our Policies: Please arrive 10 minutes early for your workshop. Workshops start on time. If you are more that 15 minutes late for your class, you may forfeit your chance to take the class. You may cancel for a refund up to 20 days before the workshop. After that, workshop fees are not refundable or transferable. You may reschedule for a different workshop up to 15 days before the workshop, and up to 7 days if for the same workshop within the following 3 months. We reserve the right cancel or reschedule a workshop with fewer than 4 sign ups. We will inform you at least 24 hours before the workshop if there is cancellation due to low registration. If you cannot attend the rescheduled date, you will receive a refund. If we have no registrations up to 7 days before the workshop, unless otherwise noted in the description, we may cancel or reschedule. Please book in advance or let us know you're planning to book. Please note that we may take photos during the workshop to use on social media. If you do wish to be photographed, please let the teacher know when you arrive. If you are sick, please stay home. Call or email to let us know that you are not coming. You will receive a credit for a future class. By signing up for a class or workshop hosted by Small Space Art Collective you agree to the terms and conditions stated here. You hereby release Small Space Art Collective or any person or persons acting on its behalf from liability for any bodily injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of any personal articles while on the premises or participating in an activity sponsored or hosted by Small Space Art Collective. Furthermore the undersigned agrees that in the event medical attention is required due to accident or illness, Small Space Art Collective shall, without accepting fiscal responsibility, seek such medical services as it deems necessary and appropriate through EMs/911 and/or local hospitals.

Contact Details

  • 210 Calle de Los Molinos, San Clemente, CA, USA


POV: Taking a class at Small Space

Sam Crane,

Dana Point, CA

This embroidery class was perfect!  The space is inviting and sparks creativity.  Cecilia is a skilled and effective teacher.  She provides you a cute little kit with everything you need! Incredibly grateful for Cecilia to hold the space for some therapeutic making time, community, and skills that I can take with me. Thank you, thank you!

Kristianne Riddle,

San Clemente, CA

"I have only attended the Fiber Club and Marbling Workshop so far am so inspired!! Small Space Collective is such a treasure in our town. San Clemente has been needing something like this for a long time. The two women who run this studio have an incredible vision. They are building a wonderful community of artists and crafters who can share and learn from each other."

Catherine Peet,

San Clemente, CA

"Small Space Collective is such a gem!! I was so happy to find a place to go do small artsy projects. I love that you don't have to sign up for multiple weeks but that you can just pick the workshops that you would like to go and it's easier with me with my schedule that varies all the time. I am already signing up for the next fun workshop."
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