Alex Hare Photography

Alex Hare Photography

Hand Made Book Making - Whitstable


Come and enjoy a morning in my lovely garden studio near the sea in Whitstable where you'll learn how to make a hand made book with a cover style of your choice which you can take home with you.

All safety precautions are taken to mitigate C19 risks-we’ll be in a room with windows open, double doors wide open, face masks and hand sanitiser if you require it.

I'll provide all the kit you need and show you how to use the tools, materials and binding techniques involved in this traditional craft. By the end you too will be a book maker and have the skills to make your own books at home!

I’ll show you all sorts of simple but beautiful hand made books and, together, we’ll make a hard covered concertina book with your choice of cover. 

These books are perfect for displaying your photos of your time here in Whitstable, as journals, sketch books or leave them blank and offer them as birthday/Christmas gifts to friends and family!

This experience is ideal for anyone over 16; friends, couples or families. Under 16's go free!

At the end of the workshop, you'll take away your very own handmade concertina book. 

Refreshments are provided, parking is free in the road I live on (with plenty of nearby Pay & Display options) and toilet facilities are available.

Hand Made Book Making - Whitstable FAQs

  • Testimonials for the Photo Book Making Workshop

    "Thank you so much for today, I really enjoyed it and your tuition as usual, was excellent!  I can now put into practice many ideas into my book making with both types of book, and am looking forward to spending many happy hours printing, sticking, cutting and creating some lovely mementoes of my photography."

    Claire Gilbert

    “This was an excellent online course with comprehensive content presented in a way which was easy to follow and practice. I now have the confidence to create my own concertina books and am looking forward to exploring these new creative outlets for my images - thank you Lizzie & Alex.”

    Jane Simmonds


    “I thought the course a great way of getting into bookmaking. I felt I was guided along the way and ended up with a book I was really proud of. I was also pleased that you went through the sequencing of images so covered the aesthetic as well as the practical side.”

    Susan McGilveray


    “Just completed my first handmade book - super fun few under the guidance of Lizzie and Alex who led the group through everything one needs to complete your first hard-backed, concertina book. Alex and Lizzie were forever supportive and encouraging, including presenting ideas about how to choose and sequence images for your book.  A hugely enjoyable two half days with a great sense of accomplishment which can repeated time and time again.  Now waiting for the next course!”

    David O’Brien


    “A well thought out and presented course with good supporting material that took me from complete novice to producing a very passable photobook in two mornings.”

    Nick Joyner

  • What sort of book will I make on the workshop?

    The book we will be making will be a hard covered (in material or paper, depending on what you choose to buy) 13x13cm book which will have pages that are 12x12cm (similar to the ones in these photos). So think in terms of small prints at this time and, ideally, square format photos. Once you can make this book, you can make any further book you like at any size!

    If you don’t have any images in mind at the moment, don’t worry – you can simply make your first book and then add photos in later on.  Your book will also be suitable for sketches, stencils hand written notes and you can stick in anything you wish!

  • Why Are Photobooks a Good Idea?

    A photo book is a medium for displaying our work, from simple triptychs through to larger collections of images that might otherwise remain only on a hard drive.  

    Perhaps you have a collection of photos on a theme or from a specific trip or location and would like to display without having to single one or two out for being a larger framed print? 

     Photobooks make displaying a series of images easy and fun and making a photobook is simple and thoroughly enjoyable craft skill that is easy to learn.  With the skills to make your own book, you will have complete creative control over the whole process, from image creation to printing and display. The materials and equipment is simple and relatively cheap and it is a nice extension to the craft of photography and image making.

  • Why is Printing a Good Idea?

    Printing is exciting!  So many of us have so many files (photographs!) on our hard drives collecting cyber dust and printing gives us a means to turn them into a physical object we can enjoy and display in various ways. Home printing is a thoroughly enjoyable extension to the creative process of image making and gives us complete control over how our work looks in terms of the choice of paper we make and the adjustments we do to see it looking ‘just right’ in a final, beautiful, printed form. Printing is more than just a single, large photo for wall hanging; it includes making small prints for cards, or themed collections for photobooks which bring our work to life in a non digital, physical form, and give us a final conclusion to the creative process we started out on location.

  • Date

    26th June, 2021

  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • Group Size


  • Included

    • All book making kit

    • Tea and Coffee, biscuits

    • Hand sanitiser

    • Free illustrated map of the Whitstable Coastal Trail

    • Free on street parking

  • Excluded

    • Transport

    • Pay & display parking nearby (postcode: CT5 1BZ)