Bookbinding: cloth bound books using decorative long stitch

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a relaxed group running for 5 weeks for those who wish to explore aspects of printmaking and bookbinding as a creative craft. This is a course suitable for all levels; any existing skills are welcomed and can be built on and developed. You will develop a range of skills used by Printmaker’s and Bookbinder’s, applying these to produce a number of artefacts.

Course content

By the end of the course you will have produced a hand bound book and a number of prints using a single or combination of techniques.

The tutor-guided bookbinding process being explored for this for this course will be cloth bound books using decorative Long-stitch.

Printmaking resources will be available to explore the ‘relief printed’ processes of Linocut and woodcut on paper or fabric; also ‘Intaglio printed’ collagraph and dry-point techniques.

Resources and guidance can be provided if individuals want to work on their own projects or other processes. Please make contact with the Tutor to discuss your requirements.

Support and feedback

This an informal session where you will receive one to one support and feedback from your tutor

Additional costs and requirements

You can if you wish bring your own ideas for designs. The tutor supplies all basic sundry materials and tools for experimental work.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

There will not be formal homework but learners are encouraged to continue to develop your practice outside of the classroom to further develop confidence in techniques learned.

All relief printing and bookbinding techniques learned are easy to replicate at home and this idea will be explored in the classroom.

About the tutor

Brian Norman works as an Art and Craft Tutor, and Internal Verifier for Learn Devon. He also works as a Mental Health Mentor providing support to Open University Students; and is a Lecturer at City College Plymouth. Previously Brian worked for West Suffolk College (2007-2010) and Suffolk MIND (1993 -2010).

Brian has a BA in Fine Art; specializing in Printmaking from Sunderland University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Online Education from Open University and a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education from University College Suffolk.

Brian was taught the craft of Printmaking from Master Printmaker and Artist Pris Forrest in the late 80’s with a focus on Linocut, Screen-print, and Etching. He has continued to develop these skills focusing on Lithography, Collagraphy, Linocut, Monotype and mix media processes.

Brian has a range of other creative interests to include photography, papermaking and more recently exploring the creative potential of bookmaking.

Brian has work in private collections held by other artists in the UK and in New York. Brian has run printmaking workshops at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival for the past 4 years.

He rarely exhibits his work with his focus being more about ‘play’ and the process of making.

“Creativity should be about ‘play’, and is an intuitive process; trying and pushing ideas to make new forms and allowing ideas and images to evolve into being.

John Cleese (1991) said about creativity;

‘This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting

against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious”

This idea encapsulates my approach to my creative practice.”

Brian Norman, Art and craft Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date13 June 2018
End date11 July 2018
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available