Bookbinding: experiments in paper folding

Course Dates: 18/06/22 - 25/06/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the potential of paper in the construction of books and three-dimensional forms. Bring together folding techniques used in bookbinding, Origami and paper engineering to create your own unique books.
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Course Code: VD419

Finished Sat, day, 18 Jun - 25 Jun '22

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this course you will learn how to fold, cut and construct with paper to make a collection of books based on experimental structures. We will work with different types of paper, exploring texture, colour and weight across a range of formats. This course is suitable for beginners and those interested in exploring experimental folded forms in bookbinding.

What will we cover?

- Paper and grain direction
- Folding single and multiple sheets working from simple to more complex formats
- The three-dimensional potential of paper
- Binding equipment and uses
- Contemporary book arts and artists.

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

- Use basic bookbinding tools safely and effectively.
- Fold a range of books based on traditional and experimental structures
- Explore folding, cutting and joining paper
- Explore colour, texture and weights in paper folding
- Design and create your own simple and complex book forms
- Explore contemporary book arts and artists to enhance and develop your own work.

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

The course is aimed at beginners or those who wish to build up their knowledge of techniques. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to do simple measurements and

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 will accompany demonstrations. You will be encouraged to investigate the current and historical literature on the subject, and will be informed of publications and events which maybe of interest. 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.

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

All materials are included in the cost of the course and tools are provided. As the course develops, you may wish to bring in your own papers to experiment with. Please bring a sharp pencil, notebook and pen to each class as you might wish to make your own notes to supplement the course handouts.

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencils to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

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

Suitable courses may be:
VD355 Bookbinding weekend: notebooks and folders
VD441 Creative arts for bookbinding III: Paper cutting
VD438 Print, Design and Bind: A book in a week
VD327 Bookbinding: box making
VD416 Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes.

Penny Stanford Tutor Website

Penny Stanford is an artist and educator in Book Arts and Printmaking. She studied printmaking and book arts as a mature student, gaining an HND in Fine Crafts: Print and Book, followed by an MA in Printmaking. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Penny taught book arts, printmaking and professional practice to BA Fine Art students at Croydon School of Art and postgraduate students in her role as lecturer and course leader of the Printmaking MA at Wimbledon College of Art. Penny has worked with groups of adults and children both developing and delivering creative projects in Museums and schools. She teaches practical making skills through demonstration and practice and supports the development of both the content and design. Her teaching always references the work of other practitioners and her own projects to facilitate a wider context for her practical demonstrations and to give a broader understanding of the subject. Penny’s work explores objects and their inherent narratives. Objects are collected, photographed, manipulated, collated and placed in containers or bound into Books.Penny exhibits regularly and works to commission.

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.