Practical Book Arts Workshops With Guy Begbie

The Next Online Zoom Book Making Workshop is ‘The French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book’

Guy Begbie will teach this practical workshop on Sunday 6th March 2022

10.00am – 4.00pm GMT

There are still places available for this workshop

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The begbiebook Independent Bookbinding Workshops & Masterclasses are taught by internationally established book artist, designer, university art & design lecturer and bookbinder Guy Begbie.

(GB Half Cloth Binding With Diamond X Exposed Spine Sewing)

The book is perhaps the most intimate, easily accessible and portable of all art forms. The book as a visual medium can provide links and meeting points between art disciplines. Guy Begbie demonstrates this both in his practice as a multi-disciplinary artist and in his teaching.

The workshops range from one day to five day intensive courses that include both traditional and unorthodox bookbinding, altered books and reconfigured narratives, paper engineering, kinetic book constructions and architectural book structures. All courses are designed to be appropriate for people with or without previous bookbinding experience. Masterclasses are delivered in the context of continuing professional development.

Courses are limited to 15 participants.

(GB Drum Leaf Binding)

Guy Begbie is a peripatetic interdisciplinary artist/bookbinder and a university associate lecturer who is currently based in Wales, UK. He works across borders as an independent European internationalist artist. His book arts practice is informed by a core interest in the parallels between bookbinding structures & architectural/sculptural forms. He works in a variety of media, that includes traditional bindery materials, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculptural casting, sound recording, photography and film-making. He uses non-linear narrative structures to investigate the book in transition from a folded 2D closed object to a 3D open and expanded construction. His book works often allude to the spatial narratives experienced while making a passage or a walking dérive through both natural and built environments.

(GB Sculptural Tower Book)

Guy Begbie exhibits his work and delivers independent workshops internationally. In 2016 he delivered book arts masterclasses at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where he also gave the ‘Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture 2016′. He was a recipient of a ‘Manly Library Artists’ Book Award 2017’ and during 2016-17, he engaged in three artists’ residencies in Australia, researching & developing new works at Queensland College of Art, Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, Griffith University, Brisbane; Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra and Cicada Press, University of New South Wales, Sydney. His work is held in state library, university and private collections in Australia and university library and private artists book collections in the UK.

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 21.28.34‘Orange Rumba’  Video Short  (GB Bristol, UK 2012)
2-Guy-Begbie-Architectural-Brisbane-Derive-Concertina-Freestanding-Books‘Brisbane Dérive’  Bookworks Series  (GB Brisbane, Australia 2016)

Online Zoom Book Making Workshops 2022

The Current Forthcoming Bookmaking Workshop

The French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book Workshop

To be taught by Guy Begbie as an Online Zoom Book Workshop on Sunday 6th March 2022

10.00am – 4.00pm GMT

For booking a place/s on this workshop using Eventbrite please use the following link

The French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book

This workshop is intended for participants with or without book making experience. The workshop will be taught online using the Zoom meeting platform and a Zoom link will be sent by email to each participant inviting them to join the workshop. The workshop will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm GMT and there will be a 45 minute lunch break and a 15 minute afternoon break.

During this workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to make a cloth bound hardback French sewn multi section book.

This is a traditional classic book structure that is strong and durable; the section page spreads will lie flat when the book is opened. There is the option to include some pull out and drop down pages within the sewn sections and a sleeve inside the cover for some minimal loose-leaf content material.

This type of book construction can be applied universally to books of varying scales and formats, providing a professional binding finish and a neutral, elegant space to contain image/text content.

Materials and Equipment List

The French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book

Materials and equipment needed….

Paper/Board Stock and Glue.

2 x A4 sheets of grey board, approx 2.5mm thick for hardback covers.

1x piece of book cloth 50cm x 50cm.

4 x A2 size sheets of cartridge paper 120gsm-160gsm in weight.

1 x A2 size of coloured paper stock, sugar paper or similar, approx between 90gsm and 160gsm in weight.

(Optional) Appropriated book material/library discard book/s to be used as source for some printed page image or text elements.

PVA glue, a small glue brush and a receptacle/jar for the glue.


A bone folder or similar tool for scoring and reinforcing page folds.

A small Cutting Mat.

A scalpel or craft knife.

A flat 30cm / 1ft steel ruler.

A bookbinders pricker or an etching needle or similar for marking paper and making sewing holes.

A bookbinders clip point knife or an old flat bladed kitchen knife for cutting through folds in the cartridge paper page stock.

A4 Waste paper for gluing. Printer or copier paper is ideal for this.

A sewing needle and approximately 3 metres of linen sewing thread.

A compass cutter for creating cut page apertures (optional extra if available).

Contact Guy Begbie


telephone:  01558685470  or  +44(0)7989393015

Guy Begbie Crossing Divides series GB Sydney Australia Wales UK 2017 2018
‘Crossing Divides’ series:  (GB   Sydney Australia / Wales UK, 2017-2018)
(Recent Exhibition Listing in ‘BOOK ARTS NEWSLETTER’ No 119 page 2)
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‘Bookscape: Recto Verso’  Video Short  (GB Llansawel, Wales 2015)
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