Join Monique in her home studio this summer in Summerfield! Space is limited to four students per class. Intermediate/Advanced students may choose to work on their course requirements for the diploma and will be given first priority until March 1.


JUNE 25 – 29 | MONIQUE LALLIER | $800
Monique Lallier developed and created her first panel binding in 1986 on L’Écorce et le Vent, now in the special collection at the Morgan Library in New York City. This style of binding has since become an example of one of the many innovative approaches to binding that Monique is known for. AAB is pleased to offer this unprecedented opportunity to learn the unique panel cover structure from the one who originated it.

The panel cover binding structure offers an opportunity to introduce a sense of surprise and an architectural element to the traditional codex form. The leather covered panel is attached and opens toward the fore edge to reveal an environment of surprising materials, techniques and design of the maker’s imagination.

Working within the technical requirements of the binding structure, students will arrive with a simple design they have created beforehand. Initially, for the purpose of learning and with Monique’s guidance, the design will be implemented on a plaquette. If time allows, students may wish to duplicate their design using different material choices to reinforce their understanding of the structure.

The focus of the class will be to learn the techniques and structural differences in creating an aesthetic, operable panel for the cover of a binding.

The Intermediate Fine Leather Binding class or comparable experience is required for these courses. Students should understand traditional bookbinding techniques to maximize their learning experience.


Create unique and stunning doublures to jazz up your bindings. This one-week course will cover a variety of techniques to craft stunning doublures for your bindings. Monique will explore various methods to prepare the boards for doublures including: edge to edge leather, sunken suede, silk and moiré, doublures decorated with onlays, inlays or tooling. Monique will also explore non-traditional materials to use for doublures such as metal or wood veneers.

Students will make a series of plaquettes to learn the techniques that can then be used for future project reference. They may also bring a book prepared to Monique’s specifications if they would like to apply doublures to the book.