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The Condensed Complete Book Artist 2021

Hot Bed Press is very pleased to announce that we will be running an intensive course in Book Arts from September 2021. Run over a total of 20 weeks this course is aimed at anybody looking to learn how to make books and explore and develop ideas through the form of the artists‚Äô book. The course is not accredited, but students will ‚Äėgraduate‚Äô with a Hot Bed Press certificate in Book Arts.


You will develop a sound knowledge of materials and techniques and will learn how to make a variety of book structures. These range from simple, yet fascinating structures to more challenging multi-section case-bound books. You will also learn how to make two different portfolio boxes to house and protect loose prints or some of the great books you have made on the course. Whether you have never made a book before or have some experience already, if you like books and you like making, this course is for you.


As well as equipping you with technical knowledge, the course will also dip into exploring narrative, sequencing, text & image and consider the relationship between form and content. If you are new to creative practice you can use the book form to discover your own creativity. If you already have an established visual practice you will be able to explore how this might be translated into the form of the artists’ book.


Condensed Book Arts will be tutored on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 9pm. The course fee includes an additional 4 hours access to the workshop throughout the week where you can work independently. [Open hours are Mondays to Thursdays 10am ‚Äď 4pm.] All students wanting more than 4 hours access per week will also be able to ‚Äėtop-up‚Äô their hours with usage in the workshop at any time during open access throughout the week at the hourly rate.


About the tutor:

Sylvia Waltering makes and publishes books as one half of Battenburg Press. She is an artist working with a variety of media, including photography, text, installation and artists’ books. Sylvia has been running book arts courses at Hot Bed Press for seven years and she also nineteen years‚Äô teaching experience as a lecturer at Manchester School of Art.

Sylvia’s books have been exhibited internationally and her publications are held in private and public collections in the UK, Denmark, Hungary, Australia and the US.


Here are some of the things previous participants have said about some of Sylvia’s courses:


‚ÄúExcellent, excellent class.‚ÄĚ

“It has been a great course and I have learnt so much, met some amazing people and got to use and feel confident using Hot Bed Press’ facilities. Sylvia is a great, patient and kind teacher/mentor. She really inspires me to be more creative. Great course and I would highly recommend it”


“A thoroughly enjoyable course.”


The cost is £800.00

Students are required to sign up for the full 20 weeks. The first payment of £300 secures the place on the course, with further instalments of £100 per month from October to January, payable by standing order on the 15th of the month. (We will send you a standing order form on booking.) Alternatively you can pay the full fee up front.


Basic materials are included in the fee. Students can top up their materials/pay for extra materials throughout the course should they wish to do more. We also include membership of Hot Bed Press for the 20 weeks plus 4 hours a week access so you can carry on in-between taught sessions.


Course Schedule: (Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm)

1st September             Introduction: Course, Tools & Materials and 3- & 5-hole Pamphlet Notebook

8th September             Concertina/Accordion Book

15th September           Single Sheet Instant Zines (introduction to editioning)

22nd September           Japanese Stab Stitch

29th September           Japanese Stab Stitch

6th October                  Tape-sewn Album

13th October                Tape-sewn Album

20th October                Longstitch Notebook

27th October                Longstitch Notebook

3rd November              A5 Fold-out Portfolio

10th November            A5 Fold-out Portfolio

17th November            Coptic Book (group project)

24th November            Coptic Book (group project)

1st December              Buttonhole Book

8th December              Buttonhole Book

15th December            French-sewn Casebound Book


5th January                  French-sewn Casebound Book

12th January                Bespoke Clamshell Portfolio

19th January                Bespoke Clamshell Portfolio

26th January                Bespoke Clamshell Portfolio