Book Arts Workshops Devised & Delivered By Guy Begbie
‘Orange Rumba’ Video Short (GB Bristol 2012)
‘Brisbane Dérive’ Bookworks Series (GB Brisbane 2016)
Independent Bookbinding Workshops & Masterclasses taught by internationally established book artist, designer, university art & design lecturer and bookbinder Guy Begbie.
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.
Guy Begbie is an interdisciplinary artist, bookbinder & university associate lecturer currently based in Wales, UK. As an independent internationalist artist, he makes book works influenced by a core interest in parallels between historical bookbinding structures & architectural/sculptural forms. He works in a variety of media, that includes traditional bindery materials, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculptural casting and film-making. He uses non-linear narrative to investigate the book in transition from a folded 2D closed object to a 3D open and expanded construction. His works allude to spatial qualities experienced while making a passage or a dérive through both natural and built environments.
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.
begbiebook Australian Book Arts Workshop Tour 2020
Book Arts Workshops in Australia during March 2020
Impress Printmakers Studio & Gallery, Brisbane
134 Kedron Park Road, Wooloowin 4130
Book Arts Workshops – International Artist
Tutor: UK Based Book Artist – Guy Begbie
1. Case Bound Hardback Book with Longstitch Exposed Sewing’ and
2. ‘The Sculptural Tower Book Soft Back with a tabbed closure’ structure
Dates: March 14 and 15 2020
BOOK STRUCTURE NO 1 DAY 1. THE CASE BOUND HARDBACK BOOK WITH LONGSTITCH EXPOSED SPINE SEWING
This workshop is designed for participants with or without bookbinding experience. Participants will have the opportunity to make and take home a cloth bound hardback multi section book, constructed so that the cover and pages are sewn together using a longstitch sewing method with chain stitching at each end of the book cover spine. The sewing is exposed as a feature on the outside cover spine of the book. Inside the book, space between the pages allows for the optional addition of paper based materials if necessary. Although this type of book structure has a contemporary appearance in a hardbound cover, it is a bookbinder’s sewing technique with historical origins. This book structure is versatile and the sewing method can be applied to hard & soft back covers.
BOOK STRUCTURE NO 2 DAY 2. THE SCULPTURAL TOWER BOOK WITH A SOFTBACK COVER WITH A TABBED CLOSURE
This book structure is made in an elongated, but compact portrait form using a soft back cover with a tabbed closure.
The book can be opened to spread outwards horizontally, then some of the middle section pages pages can be expanded upwards several times to create a tall freestanding structure. The larger shaped sculptural page facets will be made from folded card stock and will be tipped and sewn into the book.
In the process of constructing the page elements, the use of paper engineering will be used to create pop-up features on folds, page throw-outs and gatefolds. Both the card page appendages and the paper stock pages will also contain elements of pierced and cut motif /pattern, as well as other sewn and tipped in paper forms revealed as colour palette through cut and folded page apertures. As well as functioning as a freestanding display to be viewed in the round, the book can also be held by the viewer and thumbed through for reading its narrative in a more conventional manner.
This type of book form provides a versatile foundation to address sculptural, architectural and non-linear narrative content concerns. This workshop is designed for participants with or without bookbinding experience.
For further details and booking please use the following link:
Grey Hand Press, Brisbane
Grey Hand Press, Unit 28, 16 Crockford Street, Northgate, QLD
- Sat, Mar 21, 2020 9:30 AM Sun, Mar 22, 2020 4:30 PM
- Grey Hand Press
Guest instructor Guy Begbie instructs an adventurous format for beginners and experienced bookbinders.
About this Event
Participants will have the opportunity to make a pasted & stitched, cloth covered hardcover concertina structured book, which opens out from the two-dimensional to a freestanding three-dimensional book construction. This type of book form provides a versatile foundation to address sculptural, architectural and non-linear narrative content. When fully opened, the dimensions of the book increase both vertically and horizontally, with pages that drop down and also fold upwards. The page configuration will also incorporate paper engineered & folded sculptural elements with revealed cutaways, contoured pages, colour variety in paper stock and architectural pop ups.
In the process of constructing the page elements, the use of paper engineering will be used to create pop-up features on folds, page throw-outs and gatefolds. Open-ended narrative content can be developed through collage elements and text, led by the particular structure of the book.
The book can be engaged with and viewed in the conventional way of being held and turning pages, as well as being opened out to a freestanding position. In this mode it can address the potential to be a physical container of space and 3D forms as well as being a collection of multi faceted paper substrate surfaces for drawn 2D content.
Date: Saturday & Sunday 21-22 March, 9:30am — 4.30pm. each day
Location: Grey Hand Press ( Unit 28, 16 Crockford Street, Northgate, QLD)
For further details and booking please use the following link:
telephone: 01558685470 or +44(0)7989393015
Bath Based Workshops
One Day Book Making Workshops Held At
Bath Artists Studios
Bath Artists’ Studios The Old Malthouse
Comfortable Place Upper Bristol Road
Bath BA1 3AJ
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(Recent Exhibition Listing in ‘BOOK ARTS NEWSLETTER’ No 119 page 2)
‘Bookscape: Recto Verso’ Video Short (GB Llansawel, Wales 2015)