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Forthcoming Book Making Evening Class!

7 Dec

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – had some long needed hibernation time spent restoring an old letterpress (more on that soon) and making Christmas presents and generally shambling wrapped in many many layers! Over the next week or so I’ll post up new work and links and all sorts of other things, but right now I want to tell you about an evening class I’ll be starting in January:

Introduction to Handmade Books – Evening Class

Starting on Monday 17 January 2011, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Ten week course at Howard Gardens School of Art and Design in Cardiff.

Find out more and book a place: click here!

The handmade book is an exciting and versatile form, which artists continue to be inspired by. During the course you will explore a variety of folding, binding, covering and finishing techniques, with access to a collection of artists books to gather ideas from. Examples will include one-sheet books, concertina and pocket books, several stitched-binding techniques, and also more innovative and surprising ways to construct and finish your book.
To develop your skills you will work on several inspiring projects, using a range of recycled materials, ephemera, papers and photographs to construct unique journals, albums and story -books.  You will also have the opportunity to alter existing books and transform old pages into works of art.

Drop me a line at sarie8 (at) gmail.com if you have any questions about the course. Please do pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there.


It’s book making time…

18 Aug

As well as designing the odd book cover I love handmade books – folding and filling, cutting, covering and drawing in them. They are great houses for stories and illustrations – and right now, I’m planning a limited edition envelope book to accompany the forthcoming Shoe Tales exhibition, in September.  I’ll put a picture up of the work in progress in a couple of days. Meanwhile, have a look at these:

This book is about an old man who walks up and down his village while he waits for a visitor. It’s a folded book, the pages cut out in the shapes of houses, then a separate strip of card with the text on it threaded through the doors.

More of these little story books coming soon!

The first version of the Shoe Tales postcard book – photocopies of the original postcard stories are fixed in a folded book. It has a very neat finish, but I want the final edition to be more interactive!

A great book I’m reading – Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book – has some great tips for making books by hand, and ideas aplenty!