Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring has sprung!!!

Hey everybody,

Sorry that we haven't been here for a while, it seems that everyday business has kept us busy enough!! There has been lots going on at the store, with new courses announced and our BIG Easter Sale!

Easter Bank Holidays & Sales!!!

As you probably know (and are looking forward to), there a quite few bank holidays in the coming weeks. Well, just to let you know, the store will be closed on the following days:
April 22nd, 25th, 29th & May 2nd. Don't worry though, you can still shop online, and in fact you can makes some great savings across the whole range of products on both of the holiday weekends. We're also running an EASTER EGG HUNT online (basically freebies if you find 'em!), so click the link for more details!


As you may know, we have been running beginners bookbinding course at Southampton Row for about six months. Well, now there are even more courses, and not just bookbinding. We have already run a conservation & restoration course (taught by Shepherds Bookbinders' very own Luke Hornus), as well as an introduction to the art of papermaking, which is taught by Mandy Brannan. We also have the pleasure of adding a rubber stamping course to the bill! Taught by Stephen Fowler, this course shows students the skills involved in creating hand stamped prints and designs... using erasers!!! For full course details and details and dates, click here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Back to school...

Hey all,

With the rain and everyone's noses drizzling, and winter coats being donned quicker than you can say conkers, you can tell that summer is definitely over! That means it's also the start of the school term, with the learning beginning again for all. And so with that we'd like to announce our Beginners Bookbinding courses at the Southampton Row branch. The first class is on Saturday, which is all full up I'm afraid folks, but there are many more going ahead for both one and two day classes on the following dates:

One Day course dates; October 21st, November 6th, November 18th, December 4th and December 16th.

Two Day course dates; October 14th & 15th, October 28th & 29th, November 11th & 12th, November 25th & 26th, and December 9th & 10th.

These are just the start, with more to be announced soon, so keep your eye out.

For full details on the courses, or if you have an idea to teach an alternative class in our seminar room, give us a call on 020 7831 1462 to speak to Joe, or email

For now enjoy the rest of recess!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010




Sorry to say that as of Sunday 29th August, we won't be open on Sundays. The reason we are doing this is so that Monday through Saturday we can have more staff on hand to continue, as well as develop the help and efficiency that we have brought to you in the past. We are sorry if this has inconvenienced anyone, but you can always shop 24 hours round the clock at our online store.


As some of you may know, we have been selling artists prints and books on behalf of the up and coming, as well as established artists. Well now, we're pushing it a bit more, so if any of you have some prints, paintings, illustrations or books that you have made, and want somewhere to peddle them out (both in store and online), give us a ring or an email and we'll be more than happy to have a look and see if we can get them out onto streets and across the world. Contact us at 0207 831 1151 / 0207 831 1462 to speak to either Matthew or Riikka, or email us at

Thats all for now, see you soon......


Saturday, August 7, 2010

We're back!!!

Ahem.... Ahem...

It's been a while but, like the Jedi, we have returned. And we're striking back like The Empire (not that Shepherds is an Empire at all!). Just wanted to get back in touch with everybody to let you know that there have been a few minor changes at the store.

Firstly, want to say a fond farewell and big thanks to our now former Retail Manager, William McCracken, who is moving on to brand-spanking-new pastures in Worcester where he's currently setting up the British Leg of The Japanese Paper Place. We'll still be working closely with him to continue bringing you all the best in Japanese Fine Art & Decorative Paper. Good luck the ol' boy!!! Have a look at what he's up to here:

From now Riikka Kassinen and Matthew Phillips are now the store managers & Joe Dixon is heading up our (very nearly ready to go) courses at the Southampton Row Branch. As has always been the case though, all the staff will be more than happy to help with knowledge, support and advice wherever they can.

!!!!!!!RED HOT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you checked out our 'RED HOT SUMMER SALE"? No? Well, during the month of August we have reduced many items in our favourite crimson shades to celebrate all the heat and sunburn that everybody has been enjoying (up to now at least). Get over to the site to get some incredible bargains before the end of August which includes paper, portfolios, bookcloth, brushes, leather, etc...

There'll be lots & lots more news to come, so keep checking the site, the blog and the store for more updates along the way!!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Book Launch

We are absolutely delighted to be supporting renowned London bookbinder Kathy Abbot's fabulous new book "Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide".

The launch is to be held at Shepherds Falkiners, 76 Southampton Row on February 16th at 6.30pm until 8pm. If you wish to attend please let us know by emailing Places are limited so be quick!

Kathy Abbot - Bookbinding, A Step-By-Step Guide

The craft of bookbinding has a long history and tradition. It has developed through the ages and is now enjoying a period of renewed popularity and creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an established bookbinder wishing to refresh your memory, this practical book introduces the techniques with step-by-step instructions and photographs. It explains how to transform a few sheets of paper and some thread into a book to be proud of. For the more experienced, the author also covers how to work with leather to create classic, professional bindings.

Topics include:· Single-section bindings; paperback and hardback· Multi-section bindings; full cloth case, photograph album, quarter leather binding with paper or cloth-covered sides, and wrap-around structure· Containers; phase box, slipcase and portfolio case

160 pages, 300 colour phtographs

260x215 mm