Hot Bed Press
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Condensed Book Arts 2021

20 weeks Course

This course is not currently on the schedule

Tutor: Sylvia Waltering

About the course:

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.


Course Schedule: Wednesdays 6pm ‚Äď 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


Maximum of 9.00 people