The 1st “Let’s Bind a Book” at Singapore Science Centre (July 2014)

A group of 5 bookbinders and sketchers came together to organise “Let’s Bind a Book”, a bookbinding day for kids, tweens and teens on 13 July 2014. There were bookbinding workshops, live demonstration of bookbinding techniques as well as an outdoors sketchwalk specially created just for the event.

The event was organised by five bookbinding and sketching instructors and supported by a team of co-instructors passionate about bookbinding. The instructors for the event were Ian Tan, Mariko Watanabe, Pooja Makhijani, Mabel Yap and S T Leng.

Some of the workshops from the event include:

Make an Accordion Book with “Pop-Up” Flower-Fold Pages: A Class for Children and their Parents

Learn bookbinding’s basic vocabulary, its fundamental tools and their uses, as well as the materials (paper and adhesives) and techniques (folding and gluing) of the craft. Children and their parents will learn how to make an accordion book with “pop-up” flower-fold pages, a beautiful and fun three-dimensional structure.

pop up book

Make a Pouch Book

Learn to use paper and boards to make a book that has pouches instead of pages. Participants will also learn how to construct the pouches and cover separately, then combine for finished book. The covers are then secured by a ribbon.

Pouch Book

Make a Japanese Stab Binding Book

Learn about the various types of Japanese stab binding styles and have a go at making the covers, markings sewing stations and sewing the book using a traditional Japanese bookbinding style.

Japanese Stab Binding

Make a Botanical Sketch

Learn to draw flowering plants found in the Eco-garden of Science Centre and appreciate the beauty of nature. Join sketchers from Urban Sketchers Singapore as they transform lines dots and colours into a beautiful montage of botanical beauty  

Make a Little Pamphlet

Learn to be a bookbinder in 15 minutes! Try out our taster workshop and learn how to fold and sew a simple 3-hole pamphlet that can be adapted for use in a variety of recycled and craft papers.

The various workshops attracted more than 40 kids. There was also good response for the on-the-spot taster workshops as well. Take a look at photographs from the event here.


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