Monday, 4 August 2014

Book Binding for Book Artists - University of West of England

I had an amazing opportunity to attend this week long workshop run by Guy Begbie to learn to bind books. The workshops are designed for participants with or without previous book binding experience. I had made books before but the workshop was fantastic in providing invaluable tips and information to achieve a really high level of finish.

Specialist tools, materials and paper stock were provided. I had the opportunity to make and take away six completed hand bound books and a box. The specific methods taught to achieve this, combine both traditional and unorthodox bookbinding techniques, this includes stitching, pasting, paper folding and engineering processes. It is going to be invaluable for me to pass these skills on to the students interested in bookmaking next year. It was a fantastic week intensive but very rewarding.