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Leather Journal Workshop Joy Tonkin

Coinciding with the exhibition of fine bindings titled ‘Reflections of a Philosophical Voyager’, which will showcase the creative work of 18 Australian bookbinders, the Sutton Village Gallery will host a 3hr workshop run by master bookbinder, Joy Tonkin who will guide you through the steps to construct a 15th century leather journal, known as a ‘Tegumentum’ limp binding. (Tegumentum comes from the Latin meaning “covering” or “vestment”) The technique is practical and simple. The binding features a leather, or suede, cover, with many opportunities to be creative. You will come away with your own unique handmade leather journal and the knowledge to continue creating beautiful journals in your own time.

Tutor: Joy Tonkin

12 Aug,  1-4pm


Sutton Village Gallery

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Joy Tonkin  is a master bookbinder and book & paper conservationist who has been working out of Bookarts Bindery with her husband John Tonkin, also a master bookbinder, for 30 years. Together and individually, they have been commissioned to work on distinctive one-off book projects and have run many specialist bookbinding workshops, comprising a range of traditional and contemporary bookbinding techniques. Both Joy & John have exhibited their work internationally and many of their special bindings can be found in both private and public collections around the world.