Bookbinding for all: FULL

Online East

Who is this course for?

This is a flexible online programme designed to meet the learning needs of those new to Bookbinding; as well as those of more experienced who require technical support

Course content

This is a relaxed group running for 5 weeks for those who wish to explore aspects of 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 Bookbinder’s applying these to a range of stitch patterns and Art-bindings; to produce a number of hand-bound books.

Those new or less experienced with binding structures can join the more structured, taught parts of the programme. While those who have more experience and want to work on their own projects can do so; and will receive technical support from the tutor.

As part of the structured programme, tutor-guided projects will focus on different forms of binding. Guidance for required materials will be made available to explore open spine variants, Casement binding, and punch-binding. By the end of the course you will have produced a number of hand-bound books with a chosen range of decorative surfaces and closures; using a single or combination of techniques.

Guidance can be provided if individuals want to work on their own projects or other processes. Please contact the Tutor to discuss your requirements.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, talk through techniques and give feedback and support throughout the interactive workshop.

Additional costs and requirements

This course is delivered online and provided free of charge. You will, however, need a computer or a tablet with a stable internet connection, as well as a built in or external microphone and camera to attend the course.

You will be sent a list of materials and essential tools with guidance on where to buy them.

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 binding techniques learned are easy to replicate at home and this idea will be explored in the classroom.

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.

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.

“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

Start date16 June 2021
End date14 July 2021
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available