Bookbinding: artists' book projects

Course Dates: 21/01/25 - 18/03/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the world of Artists’ books and develop your skills and creative ideas in creating books as art. If you are interested in working on tutor-supported, independent projects and you welcome the opportunity to share your work and your ideas with other makers, this course will support your progress and help you develop your concepts through the structure of the book. Not suitable for beginners.
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Bookbinding: artists' book projects
  • Course Code: VD371
  • Dates: 21/01/25 - 18/03/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Sue Doggett

Course Code: VD371

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Tue, day, 21 Jan - 18 Mar '25

Duration: 8 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This workshop-based course is a creative space in which to develop your artist’s book project. There will be opportunities to explore the relationship between the structure and the concept of the book and you will support the development of your work by personal research which will be presented to the group at regular intervals. Before the course starts you will be asked to complete a proposal form outlining your ideas and themes for your project to help your tutor support you with relevant demonstrations and advice.

What will we cover?

You will explore the creative possibilities of artists’ books through your personal project and through the study of contextual materials, discussion and tutor demonstrations. You will also develop skills in both the production and design of a handmade book through experimentation and through sharing experiences during discussion groups. This will enable you to develop your individual skills and creativity, and the tools to work towards the production of conceptually and structurally coherent creative work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Demonstrate a developed understanding of the book structure in relation to its contents.
• Initiate, develop and produce practical creative work which utilises book making skills
• Engage in supportive critical discussion of your own work and the work of others.
• Develop and evaluate critically, your progress in relation to the proposed work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course, and the outline is based on students having a prior knowledge of basic bookbinding techniques and experience in the production of creative work. This course is not suitable for beginners.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

• Class discussion and critique, demonstrations, 1:1 tutorials, personal research and developmental work.
Use of Google classroom.
• It is expected that you will work on personal projects outside of the class time to develop your work as the course

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

As this course is based on your own proposal, the material costs will depend on what you wish to purchase to complete your own project. These materials will be provided by you, as and when you need to use them. There are some general materials such as paper, board and cloth available to purchase in class. The workshop has small hand tools that you can use but please bring your own kit if you have it. Your tutor may suggest materials and tools as the course progresses, but these will be suggestions only.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in the following courses:
VD373 Artists' book projects
VD341 Book arts drop in
VO105 Book arts club (online)
VO124 Book arts club (online)
VD439 Sewn boards binding and drum leaf bindings for book arts
Your tutor will advise you of other possibilities during the course.

Sue Doggett Tutor Website

Sue Doggett is an artist who creates hand-made books and bindings. She gained a first class honours degree in Visual Studies and Art History from Oxford Brookes University in 1985 and an MA in Design from Brighton University in 1998. She received the World Craft Council Award for Contemporary Craft in 1994 and was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996. She has lectured and led workshops in book arts in the UK, Europe and the USA and she currently teaches bookbinding and book arts at City Lit. As an exhibiting Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Sue works to public and private commission including the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and she is the current editor of ‘The New Bookbinder’ journal. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Europe and USA and can be seen at the Hyman Kreitman Research Library, Tate Britain; The Folger Library, Washington DC; Yale University Library, San Francisco Center for the Book, The Bodleian Library, Oxford; The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol and Manchester Metropolitan Museum.

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.