Bind your own sketchbook
Who is this course for?
This is an open and flexible workshop designed to meet the learning needs of those new to Bookbinding; as well as those of more experience who wish to refresh their skills.
Learn a simple stitch technique to easily create your own personalised A4 or A5 sketch books
Resources and guidance can be provided if individuals want to work on their own. Please make contact with the Tutor to discuss your requirements.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will be there for assistance and advice. You will complete a learning plan for course over 9 hours with your tutor to enable you to monitor your progress.
Additional costs and requirements
No Experience necessary. The tutor supplies all basic sundry materials and tools to create a covered A4 or A5 Sketchbook using good quality recycled Cartridge and handmade papers.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
No, there is no need to do anything in your own time, but you may wish to experiment or practice on your own after the class.
About the tutor
Brian Norman works as a Tutor for Learn Devon, and teaches Bookbinding, simple book restoration and a number of Printmaking processes. He also works as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor with other organisations.
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 pursued range of other creative interests to include photography, papermaking and the creative potential of bookbinding.
Brian has work in private collections held by other artists in the UK and in New York. He has run Printmaking and Binding workshops at Bovey Tracey Craft Festival for a number of 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.
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent van Gogh