Summer School: learn to sew and bind your own notebook

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is a 2-day course that will give you a taste of what bookbinding has to offer and the confidence to develop your interest further. Learning techniques that can be done in your own home, the course will focus on the creating an A5 journal or notebook with a rounded spine.

Course content

You will create a bound notebook with a rounded leather or cloth bound spine using recycled materials

Although this course is aimed at the absolute beginner, and you will be taught the fundamental skills of bookbinding; any existing binding skills are welcomed and can be built on and developed.

Support and feedback

You will receive one to one support and feedback from your tutor.

Additional costs and requirements

The tutor supplies all basic sundry materials and tools for experimental work.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will be given guidance as part of the workshop to help you should you wish to experiment further in your own time.

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 date25 July 2018
End date26 July 2018
Start time10:00
End time15:00
Concessions not available