Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  book arts room

Making Books: Binding, Pages, Covers and Cuts


led by: Angie Butler


The book is a viable, visual medium that is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all the art forms.  This evening course offers an introduction to bookmaking: by looking at hard copy examples and following step by step demonstrations covering different techniques - such as simple pamphlet stitch and Japanese stab bound books, a cut-page book, making a sculpted case bound cover, to a hard back binding. Perfect for those who have little or no experience in Book-Binding and Artists’ Books, or just need a refresher.

The course fee covers all basic materials, tea and coffees. Bookbinding tools will be provided for use, and are also available to buy for future work.

Angie is a Multi-Disciplinary Artist, producing Artists’ Books and printed matter with Letterpress and hand typed text. She holds Masters Degrees in both Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking (specialising in Artists’ Books) and Visual Culture: Fine Art. Angie is a current PhD Student working with Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden, Book Arts Research, CFPR (The Centre For Fine Print Research) at UWE, investigating how we learn to design and create artists’ books through letterpress. To gain an understanding of how contemporary book artists teaching letterpress has influenced what is produced in the field, and how this relates back into studio and private press practice.

Awarded two prizes for her recent Artists’ Books: the Sheffield Book Arts Prize (Student Prize) 2009, and the Agassi Book Arts Prize, UWE, 2011; Angie’s work is now held in both UK, and International Private and Public Collections.

Over the past few years, Angie has been involved with various Artists’ Books Exhibitions, Symposiums and Conferences organised by Sarah and Tom: plus Collaborative Projects and Events as part of CocoLLab, with Caseroom Press, and The School Of The Arts Institute, Chicago and The Minnesota Center For Book Arts, USA.

Find out more about Angie and her work at:

Any questions on the course content e-mail: angie.butler@uwe.ac.uk
Bookings e-mail Jesse Heckstall-Smith: jesse.heckstall-smith@uwe.ac.uk