Bookbinding: paper engineering and pop-ups
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VD290
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
During the six sessions you will look at and develop the 2D page into 3D pop-up. Exploring folding techniques and the basic building blocks on which to create and explore your ideas.
What will we cover?
You will be introduced to various folding techniques, counter folds, V folds, pull- strip and wheel mechanisms. With opportunity to practise and produce a number of models that will provide you with a good working knowledge of the materials and techniques required to enable you to develop your pop-up skills within the book or card form.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Select and use appropriate materials
- Understand the importance of grain direction
- making a range of folded mechanisms
- Make a folded book structure.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners
Some level of manual dexterity and attention to detail will be required but this will be taught through step-by step instructions and demonstrations. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions during live Zoom sessions, alongside accessing Google Classroom in your own time for additional information which support the techniques taught. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstration, practice and discussion you will be taught as a group and individually as required. Handouts shown on screen via google classroom will accompany demonstrations. The course is structured to manage the work within the class but preparation work on individual ideas may need to be carried out outside
course time. Online resource, inspiration and task handouts with be available to download in each session¿.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials used are included in the course fee. You may wish to purchase extra from City Lit during the course. All tools and equipment can be provided but if you have a small kit including pencil, ruler, rubber, your own scalpel and blades, acid free glue stick then please bring it along with you. Guidance on tools and materials will also be given on the first day of the course.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There will be opportunities to discuss follow-on courses and you will be given advice by your tutor towards the end of the course.
- VD292 Bookbinding: Learning to bind artists' books
- VD355 Bookbinding weekend:notebooks and folders
- VD 416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
- VD262 Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
- VD359 Beginners' bookbinding.
Clare Bryan is an artist maker who’s work often takes the form of the book. Originally studying Graphic Design at Salisbury College of Art (1983-87) Clare worked in the industry for several years before returning to study Printmaking and Bookbinding at Croydon College of Art (1994-96) and then an MA in Bookarts at Camberwell College of Art (1997-98). She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and has work in various public and private collections including Yale Centre for British Art, The Government Art Collection and the Tate Library. In 2004 she received ‘The Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust Award’ for works on paper. She is a member of ‘FOLD’ a group of four artists who formed in 2002 working with a combined interest in print and bookarts. Clare has taught and run workshops at various UK colleges and is currently a tutor working in Fine Art Printmaking at Goldsmiths University and teaching bookbinding across areas at the City Lit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.