Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Folded 3D Architectural Tableau Books

led by: Guy Begbie
dates: 23-25 July 2018
times: 9.30am - 4.30pm

price: £293 Full Price or £234 Concessionary Price
includes: materials and catering.

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This three-day course examines the potential for the book to function as a container of a physical space and it is designed for participants with or without previous bookbinding experience. During the course you will have the opportunity to make a set of both soft & hardback cover books with a presentation slipcase to contain them all collectively together. Each book will be constructed in a bespoke manner and bound to contain a folded flat tableau. When fully opened out and configured for display, the page content of each freestanding book becomes a unified 3D spatial/sculptural model with vertical and horizontal facets and surfaces that map and potentially can represent both a natural or built architectural environment.

A range of both bookbinding and paper engineering methods will be taught to enable the realisation and fabrication of the tableau books. In construction, the use of a range of coloured paper stock will enable participants to accentuate sculptural counterpoint and juxtaposition.

Lighting also plays an important factor in the book’s display mode. Options to include elements of image and/or text narrative will be demonstrated using direct drawing and collage strategies, rendering onto and through layered page surfaces. The course tutor, Guy Begbie is an inter-disciplinary artist and bookbinder. Since 1995 he has been teaching at various UK universities as an art & design lecturer and book arts co-ordinator. During 2016 and 2017 he completed three artist’s book and printmaking residencies overseas in Australia, developing new works at Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney, The School of Art at the Australian National University, Canberra and Queensland College of Art/Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Griffith University, Brisbane.

While in Australia, Guy also delivered the ‘Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2016’ at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and gave talks on his book arts practice at ANU, Canberra and The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. He exhibited his book arts work in the exhibition “Cover to Cover” at the Foyer Gallery, ANU, Canberra, Australia. In 2017 he exhibited his designer bookbinding work in the exhibition “CODE X: Contemporary Fine Bindings”, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia.

Guy has been the recipient of a ‘Manly Library Artists Book Award 2017’. His work has been acquired for the Artists’ Book Collection at The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and the Manly Library Artists Book Collection, Manly, Sydney, Australia.

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