Make a book for: family memories
Who is this course for?
This is a relaxed course that is aimed to support good wellbeing; it 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 to share or hold personal memories.
You will create a bound journal using practiced binding skills.
You will have the opportunity to try more than different binding style before working on your final book
Creating something new, using your hands, learning a new skill and making friends can help us to feel less isolated, can increase our self esteem and encourage us to use our time more productively, giving us a greater sense of wellbeing.
“No one can give wellbeing to you. It’s you who has to take action,”
Professor Stewart Brown
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 and Specialist Tutor providing support to Open University Students. Previously Brian worked for City College Plymouth (2009-2014), West Suffolk College (2007-2010) and Suffolk MIND (1993 -2010).
Brian has a BA in Fine Art; specialising 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 1980’s with a focus on Linocut, Screen-print, and Etching. He has continued to develop these skills focusing on 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