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

A Set of Two Bound Books with a Slip Case Container: The Secret Belgian Binding With Hard Back Cover Boards & Paper Engineered Page Content & The Drum Leaf Binding with Hard Back Cover Boards


led by: Guy Begbie
dates: 26-28 June 2017
times: 9.30AM - 4.30PM
price: £270 Full Price or £216 Concessionary Price
includes: ALL materials, LUNCHES, TEAS AND COFFEES

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This course is designed for participants with or without bookbinding experience.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to make a set of two hardback books of the same scale and format with a presentation slipcase to contain them.

The first book will be the Drum Leaf Binding with Hard Back Cover Boards bound in book cloth. This is an adhesive based book structure with full-page spreads. The book is designed to open flat and has no stitching through the centre folds.

The Drum Leaf Binding structure is ideal for artist’s book makers, photographers and printmakers, or those presenting visual narratives without the disruption of sewing thread dominating the visual continuity in the page content.

The pages in this book structure are made of single sided folios. This makes any printing and layout imposition of page content relatively straightforward.

Each page is also a double thickness, allowing for the inclusion of hidden paper based collages and montages. During the course these will be created as part of the book binding process. They will be hidden between the double sheets of the pages, to be then viewed through cut aperture fold back reveals.
The second book to be made during the course will be the Secret Belgian Binding With Hard Back Cover Boards. This book structure is sewn with an elegant and distinctive thread pattern. The sewing is used to lace the front and back covers to the cover spine piece, so the cover is made up of three separate book board components and the sewing is visible on the outside of the book. Measures are taken in the binding construction, to hide the interior thread on the inside of the covers.

The book block/pages for this binding are made up of signature folios that are attached in the sewing process to the inside spine of the cover. This binding is robust and durable and allows the book to lie flat when open.  During the making of the book block pages we will create a variety of pull out pages that will incorporate paper engineering and pop up content.

During the last stage of the course, participants will have the opportunity to construct a bookcloth covered bespoke slipcase to contain the two book set.

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.

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


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