Masterclass – Crossed Structure binding

Course period
Week 30/31
28 July – 5 August 2020 (4 + 4 days, 1 August free)

Bookbinding Master Class with Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo

This is a masterclass, therefore it is designed for experienced bookbinders, although not necessarily professionals. We will give for granted some basic bookbinding knowledge, about piercing, folding, cutting, measuring.

This master class, based on Carmencho Arregui’s Crossed Structure Binding, will develop your capacity to deal with an unusual way of thinking in a perfectly balanced asymmetry, and your everyday practice will benefit of this extra understanding of books’ motion

The course is organized in two parts. During the first four days, we will deal with 9 different variations of the Crossed Structure Binding, making 9 sample books with blank pages and covers in handmade paper.

Then one day of pause is planned, to rest and let the acquired information sink in.

During the second part, lasting again four days, each participant will make some bindings on real books with the cover in leather or parchment. Participants will have to identify the most suitable structure for their books, providing justification for the choice, which will be reviewed collectively.

The aim of the workshop is indeed to learn the techniques but also to get able to discern which structure can better fit depending on which book has to be bound.

Furthermore, during the course we will also get to know the technique of lining the leather with hand-made paper, which will then be used to create the bindings.

For participants who the following week will attend Tracey Rowledge’s class too, the leather bindings will be perfect to practice gold tooling.

”In the last years Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo has worked with me, discussing technical matters as well as finding new solutions to different problems. Out of this friendship Cristina has developed her own ideas about the Crossed Structure Binding and is now able to present the structure in a more complete and complex form. Her interest in book conservation has led her to adapting the technique to the needs of old books and heavy volumes. Such matters will be treated during this workshop.”
Carmencho Arregui, 2009

Materials and tools
Most materials will be provided to all participants. Instructions about what tools and other things to bring by the participants will be sent in advance.


You can also register after the last registration day if there are places left on the course. You register by filling in and submitting the registration form for the course you want to attend. You will find the registration form by clicking on the yellow botton with the text ”Anmäl här” below.
Here you will find registration and payment terms.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Fahlgren at or tel. +46 247 369 66 or Fia Palmgren at or tel. +46 247 648 25.

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  • Tutors

    Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo, head tutor
    Linda Allard Forsman (Gimle), assisting tutor

    Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo
    Graduated in Painting in 1990 from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy, she has worked as assistant to the Paper Conservation Program for professional restorers in Aosta and as trainee to the Laboratorio di Restauro Scentifico del Libro in Rome, Italy. In 1993, Cristina opened her own workshop in Milan, while completing her professional development at the ‘centro del bel libro’ in Ascona, Switzerland. Cristina’s training in both bookbinding and conservation, has led to a respectful approach to the book and to making unobtrusive and discrete bindings, with minimal use of adhesives. She is also involved in creative contemporary bookbinding and likes to study and play with structural elements, emphasizing aesthetic features as well as functional qualities. She has taken part in several exhibitions in England, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and United States. Presently, Cristina works for private collectors and bibliophiles and teaches fine binding, restoration and book arts, both in Italy and abroad, while collaborating with other professional contemporaries (bookbinders, artists, photographers, calligraphers, graphic designers). More information about Cristina at:

    Linda Allard Forsman who was a pupil of Cristina for several years, will be assisting tutor. She is a trained bookbinder & contractor and runs pappersfrossa, a bookbinding- and paperworkshop in Dalarna. She has been a member of the Board of the Bookbinding Master’s Association between 2013-2019 and are also a member of the Bookbinding Society. Linda has a passion for paper and simple, fun bookbinding techniques.


  • Course fee

    Course fee:
    9 150 SEK incl. materials, lunch and two evening meals.
    14 670 SEK for 10 nights in a single room incl. materials, meals, bedlinen and cleaning.
    13 670 SEK for 10 nights in part of a double room incl. materials, meals, bedlinen and cleaning.

    Check-in from 4.00 pm the day before the workshop starts. Check-out at 11.00 am on Saturday the 6th of August. We finish the course with a common dinner the last night. Accommodation including breakfast on the 6th of August is included in the course fee. No course on the 6th of August.

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