Book Arts Workshops Devised & Delivered By Guy Begbie

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‘Orange Rumba’  Video Short  (GB Bristol 2012)
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‘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.

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Online Zoom Book Arts Workshops 2020

For further details and booking using Eventbrite please use the following links:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-sculptural-tower-book-an-online-zoom-bookbinding-workshop-tickets-113375067880

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Bookmaking Workshop

The Sculptural Tower Book

To be taught as an Online Zoom Book Workshop on Monday 27th July 2020

09.30am – 4.30pm BST (British Summer Time)

There will be short tea breaks in the morning and afternoon as well as a 45 minute lunch break

Create a folded down book with sculptural tower pages, that can be opened outwards and upwards for freestanding display.

This workshop is intended for participants with or without book making experience. The workshop will be taught online using the Zoom software meeting platform. As a participant in a Zoom book workshop you are not required to download the software. A Zoom link will be sent by email to each participant inviting them to join the workshop. The workshop will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm BST and there will be a 45 minute lunch break and a 15 minute morning and afternoon break.

The Sculptural Tower 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.

Materials to be acquired by the participants for the workshop

2 x A2 size pieces of approx. 300gsm weight Coloured Card (2 different compatible colours) for the book’s cover and its sculptural upward opening pages.

2 x A1 size sheets of cartridge paper 120gsm-160gsm in weight. If A1 cartridge paper is not available then 4 sheets of A2 size cartridge paper can be used instead.

4 x A4 size of coloured paper stock between 120gsm and 160gsm in weight. This will be used for inside page elements.

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

Tools

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

A small Cutting Mat.

A Stanley knife and 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.

Waste paper (cut into approx. 5cm wide 20-30cm lengths) for gluing. Printer or copier paper is ideal for this.

A sewing needle and approximately a metre length of linen sewing thread.

Workshop Tutor

Guy Begbie the workshop devisor and tutor is a UK based independent bookbinding workshop provider, interdisciplinary book artist/printmaker and a visiting associate university lecturer

Guy has devised and teaches many innovate kinds of book arts based workshops in the UK and in places further afield such as Australia, Spain, Portugal and Norway. He teaches book arts both independently and in art & design higher education to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying in a wide spectrum of art & design disciplines.

Guy also regularly runs both multi participant and bespoke one to one book making workshops for independent established artists and studio groups.

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Bookmaking Workshop

The Drum Leaf Binding with Hard Cover Boards

To be taught as an Online Zoom Book Workshop on Thursday 30th July 2020

09.30am – 4.30pm BST (British Summer Time)

There will be short tea breaks in the morning and afternoon as well as a 45 minute lunch break

This workshop is intended for participants with or without book making experience. The workshop will be taught online using the Zoom software meeting platform. As a participant in a Zoom book workshop you are not required to download the software. A Zoom link will be sent by email to each participant inviting them to join the workshop. The workshop will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm BST and there will be a 45 minute lunch break and a 15 minute morning and afternoon break.

Participants will have the opportunity to make an adhesive based book structure with full-page spreads. The book with hardback covers will open flat and has no stitching through the centre folds.

The Drum Leaf Binding structure is ideal for photographers and printmakers, or those presenting visual narratives without the disruption of sewing thread dominating visual continuity in page content.

The pages in this book structure are made of single sided folios. This makes the task of printing and layout imposition of page content relatively straightforward.

Materials to be acquired by the participants for the workshop

1 x A4 size piece of Greyboard / Strawboard for the book’s cover boards. It needs to be approximately 2.5 mm thickness (with the grain running along its length).This can be tested by flexing the board along its length and then comparing the resistance by then flexing it along its width. Flexing along the length is easier when the grain is running lengthways).

1 x A1 size sheet of cartridge paper  (long grain / grain running along the length) can also be tested for grain direction by flexing the paper to see which direction has the least resistance (should be lengthways).

If A1 cartridge paper is not available then use 2 sheets of A2 size cartridge paper instead
(this should have the grain running along width of the paper, again flex the paper to use the resistance test).

2 x A4 size of coloured paper stock between 120gsm and 160gsm (this will be used for covering the book cover boards. If required, each of the two book cover boards can be covered with different colour papers as they are covered separately from the spine of the book.

A small piece of coloured book cloth
(13 cm x 6cm) will be needed for covering the exposed spine section of the book ( the colour of the cloth can be complimentary to the coloured paper used for covering the book cover boards.

If book cloth is unavailable, then a piece of clean etching scrim (cut to the same dimensions) would be suitable.

A piece of craft paper (brown paper) also cut to 13cm x 6cm dimensions will also be needed.

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

Tools

A bone folder or similar alternative (e.g. a standard all stainless steel bread and butter cutlery knife or a wooden clay workers modeling tool) will be used for scoring and reinforcing page folds.

A small Cutting Mat.

A Stanley knife and a scalpel or craft knife.

A flat 30cm / 1ft steel ruler.

A bookbinders Pricker or similar (e.g. an etching needle, a pointed awl or a darning needle with a cork over the eye end) for marking paper and greyboard.

A bookbinders Clip Point Knife or similar (e.g. an old thin and flat flat bladed kitchen knife) for cutting through folds in the cartridge paper page stock.

Waste paper (cut into 5cm wide 20cm lengths) for gluing. Printer or copier paper is ideal for this, keep several A4 pieces aside for the cover glue pasting process.

Workshop Tutor

Guy Begbie the workshop devisor and tutor is a UK based independent bookbinding workshop provider, interdisciplinary book artist/printmaker and a visiting associate university lecturer

Guy has devised and teaches many innovate kinds of book arts based workshops in the UK and in places further afield such as Australia, Spain, Portugal and Norway. He teaches book arts both independently and in art & design higher education to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying in a wide spectrum of art & design disciplines.

Guy also regularly runs both multi participant and bespoke one to one book making workshops for independent established artists and studio groups.

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Contact Guy Begbie

email: g.begbie@live.co.uk

telephone:  01558685470  or  +44(0)7989393015

http://www.guybegbie.com

 

One Day Book Making Workshops are often held at:
Bath Artists’ Studios The Old Malthouse
Comfortable Place Upper Bristol Road
Bath BA1 3AJ

N.B. Currently there are no Begbiebook workshops scheduled at BAS

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‘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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