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For the Birds Trapped in Airports

Workshop: Beginning Bookbinding

Workshop: Beginning Bookbinding

Regular price $175.00 USD
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Caring for Books

Books made by hand are generally going to be more resilient than books made by machine, but in either case: the nicer you are to them, the longer they'll last in the condition you bought them in.

Depending on your location, the moisture of that environment may cause slight curling in the board and papers. If so, the materials are adjusting to your environment, and if you left the journal under weight in that environment for 24-48 hours, that issue should resolve itself. This acclimation process is something many libraries conduct when getting new books for their shelves.

Did you scuff or mark your book cover? Don't put soap or water on it! Get a rubber cement pick up and gently rub the mark off of the area. You may not be able to get all of it, but, most of the time, it gets the job done!

Shipping & Returns


We take great care in the packing of our orders and offer UPS and USPS shipping options. UPS will usually go out in 1-2 days. USPS orders will go out the next Friday.


If extreme circumstances cause the order to be damaged along its way to you, we can offer a discount for the inconvenience, but we are often unable to offer total refunds or replacements due to the handmade nature of our products.

Single Day Workshop — Beginning Bookbinding

Time: 10 am – 5 pm (PST) lunch at noon is included in course cost. Coffee, tea, water, and snacks will be provided for the day as well. 

Instructors: Matthew Austin and Kiki Lechuga-Dupont

Where: 2012 Stoner Ave., Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Parking: Plenty of free street parking available

5 students maximum

Have a group of friends who would like to do a workshop together? Request additional dates for this course to run by emailing [].

This one-day course will cover the basics of bookbinding and students will become familiar with the various processes by producing a hardcover and softcover notebook / sketchbook. We will cover the technical aspects of paper, board, fabric, printing methods, and sewing methods. 

Each student will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the bookmaking process and their own personalized hardcover notebook/sketchbook.

All book materials, printing, and tool use are covered in course fee. Students do not need to bring anything to class.


Matthew Austin (he/him) is an arts worker in Los Angeles who is still learning. He has been working with books, furniture, and education in his creative efforts for the past several years.
Previous projects aligned with the efforts of this studio first began with The Chicago Perch in 2012 and evolved into Candor Arts in 2015. For the Birds Trapped in Airports is the next iteration of these studio projects.

Kiki Lechuga-Dupont (she/they) is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates static and moving images and designs. They are inspired by visual memory and its capacity for emotion and perspective. They strive to create pieces that evoke a sense of wonder and mindfulness, bringing the viewer somewhere safe and warm. Kiki is a contributing illustrator at Sixty Inches From Center

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For the Birds Trapped in Airports is a publishing studio making books in collaboration with arts workers.

Our studio is structurally designed to foster relationships between peers that are based in collective support of one another’s well-being.

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