Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  CPD wideformat course

A Boxed Set Of Printed Books Contained In A Presentation

Pop-Up (Wehmais) Box: Variations On The Pamphlet &

Concertina Book Structures In Both Hardback & Softback


led by: Guy Begbie
dates: 19-23 June 2017
times: 9.30AM - 4.30PM
price: £450 Full Price or £360 Concessionary Price
includes: ALL materials, LUNCHES, TEAS AND COFFEES

Book online now: The online store

The objective of this course is to fully explore the potential of the pamphlet and concertina book structures using printed page content. The aim being to produce a set of 8 books with printed content, formally presented in a bespoke presentation pop-up (Wehmais) box.

The first day of the course will be spent making additive monotype prints using platen printing presses and direct methods of surface printing. A theme of ‘The Architectural’ will provide a starting point subject focus for the printed book content material.

The remaining four days of the course will be spent on constructing and binding the sets of books from the printed material and making the bespoke presentation pop-up (Wehmais) box, which elevates to display the books when opened.

The pamphlet book structures will be made to include both one and two section sewing, with emphasis on innovative and extending page configurations. Variations in blank paper stock and appropriated library discard material will be used for the printing and subsequent book making. A range of book cover construction will be encouraged. This will include both hard and softback, Dos-a-Dos and French Door cover configurations.

The variations on the concertina book structures will be made to the same scale and format as the pamphlet books, with an emphasis on separate hardback cloth bound covers, but also with the inclusion of single piece covers with a spine, along with softback accordion version covers and spine pleating.  The page structuring for the printed material content in the concertina books will also be varied and will include gate folds, drop down pages, throw-outs, compound fold outs and paper engineering used to increase the facet surfaces of the page.

During the last day of the course, the participants will have the opportunity to construct a bookcloth covered and paper lined bespoke presentation pop-up (Wehmais) box, made to contain the complete set of pamphlet and concertina books.

Guy Begbie is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist printmaker, bookbinder, independent bookbinding workshop provider and an associate art and design lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. 

As a bookbinder, he is commissioned to design and make books and often works with other artists. In his art practice, he makes bookworks that examine the book in transition from a closed two- dimensional object to an opened three-dimensional form. Thematically these works investigate parallels in structural qualities between books and buildings through the use of non-linear narrative. These works are realised using methods of traditional and unorthodox bookbinding, as well as printmaking, drawing, painting, casting and video. His current book works are made as responses to architectural built environments, experienced walking through cities.

Guy also devises and teaches independent book arts and bookbinding workshops. He delivered the 2016 Siganto Foundation Artists’ Books Workshop & Masterclass at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and book arts courses at The Royal College of Art, London UK, The Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos, The Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking (Trykkeriet) Bergen, Norway.

During 2016 & 2017 Guy has produced printed book works in Australia as an artist in residence at Queensland College of Art, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Griffith University, Brisbane, The School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra and Cicada Press - University of New South Wales, Sydney. Guy has also given talks on his practice for the Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2016 at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and public lectures at the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University, Canberra. Guy has also exhibited his work in two Australian shows during 2016-2017,  ‘Cover to Cover’ at the Foyer Gallery, ANU, Canberra in May 2016 and ‘Code X: Contemporary Fine Binding’ at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, February - March 2017.

This course will be held at UWE Bristol’s Bower Ashton Studios with a maximum of 10 participants.

Book your place on any course:

The online store


or if you prefer you can send us a cheque made payable to UWE Bristol and post to:

Centre for Fine Print Research
University of the West of England
Room 0B9
Bower Ashton Studios
Kennel Lodge Road
Bristol BS3 2JT


If you would like us to invoice your employer or funder, please email their name, address, email address and phone number to cfprinfo@uwe.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions for CFPR CPD Courses
Read the Terms and Conditions