Bookbinding Box-making


18 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Create boxes to protect and hold artworks, documents, or books. Learn the introductory aspects of bookbinding traditional box making techniques. Make a Solander Box or a clam shell. This is a book-form case used for storing manuscripts, maps, prints, documents, old and precious books, etc. It is commonly used in archives, print rooms an libraries. It is named after the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander (1733–1782),[1] who catalogued the British museum's natural history collection between 1763 and 1782.

Course content

  • Traditional box making techniques
  • Solander box
  • Clamshell box
  • Slipcase
  • Artist portfolio case


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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No prior knowledge or experience is necessary for this introductory course.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

A list of materials you will be required to purchase will be supplied prior to the course commencing.

Suited to

  • Printmakers
  • Artists
  • Crafters
  • People interested in books
  • Designers
  • Photographers
  • Anyone (no experience necessary)


Creation of Solander Box or make a clam shell. Also Slipcase-A slipcase is a five-sided box, usually made of high-quality cardboard, into which binders, books or book sets are slipped for protection, leaving the spine exposed.Finally students will create Artist portfolio case - A hardcover folder hold individual sheets.

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