Book Arts Courses

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Continuing Professional Development courses at UWE Bristol

We run courses in artists' books and related processes with visiting experts and in-house staff. All of our CPD book arts courses are listed on these pages and also featured in the Book Arts Newsletter.

The Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol
Summer Book Arts Institute June - August 2017

We will have Masterclasses led by Guy Begbie, Angie and Si Butler, Stephen Fowler, Ben Goodman, Jeff Rathermel…

Our new dates will be fixed in Spring 2017. Please check this page in Spring 2017 for news or email Sarah: Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk to go onto the CPD email alert list to be the first to know when we have set the dates. We had a great two months this year, thanks to all our instructors and attendees, and hope to see you in 2017!


Feedback from class attendees in 2016

Our Summer Book Arts Institute ran over June – August 2016, with guests from Europe and the USA attending new and old favourite classes. Here are their thoughts on the classes last summer:

Wood Engraving with Ben Goodman

The tutor was:

  • Excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent, excellent
  • Patient, knowledgeable, inspiring
  • Awesome, engaging, very informative and made the subject

The best aspect of the course was:

  • An excellent introduction to new process
  • Very practical – learnt lots of new tips
  • Everything
  • Learning a new skill which I will certainly use in my practice
  • Learning difficult cutting techniques

Letterpress Printed Book Arts Intensive with Angie Butler

The tutor was:

  • Absolutely excellent.
  • Faultless.
  • Years of experiences generously shared and infinitely patient.
  • She was really wonderful and excellent, and quite patient.
  • Excellent!
  • Excellent.
  • Angie Butler is skilled, compassionate and very good teacher. Good timekeeper, encouraging and keeping a healthy learning pace.
  • 25 out of 10 – v.v. good.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • An engrossing and inspiring experience.
  • Everything.
  • Learning and doing with such an expert tutor.
  • Being supported fully in learning process.
  • Good environment, made welcome from the start. All the equipment worked well and there were plenty of examples to learn from and emulate. I’m looking forward to trying out new skills on new projects.

Primitive Print in the City III with Stephen Fowler

The tutor was:

  • Excellent as always.
  • Very highly indeed.
  • Excellent! Very good fun, inventive, eccentric, very engaging and challenging.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • Meeting people and sharing ideas.
  • Being at Bristol’s MShed was really good.
  • Printing outside.
  • The other students and the brilliant tutor.
  • Another excellent course.
  • Experimenting, especially clay printing outside the museum and using the industrial environment as source material. Loved it!

‘Artistamps' with Stephen Fowler

I came on the course because:

  • The tutor, Stephen Fowler, was highly recommended by former students.
  • To learn printmaking skills I can use at home to develop my own practice.
  • To gain further experience in making stamps, with particular emphasis on artiststamps which was unfamiliar to me. I also really enjoy returning to UWE for the CPD courses to keep in touch with former students from my year.
  • To learn new skills and develop my practice, take techniques from the workshop to incorporate within my art and meet the legendary Stephen Fowler.
  • To further my knowledge in artiststamps and the techniques involved. To aid a creative block. The use of specialist equipment.
  • To expand my experience of printmaking

The tutor was:

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter.
  • Excellent.
  • Stephen was excellent – he is kind, patient and extremely enthusiastic.
  • Engaging, informative, interesting, approachable, fun, humble, modest, relaxed, learned – top notch.
  • Excellent.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • All the days were well organised and informative, four days would be ideal.
  • Experimenting, being inspired, meeting other creative people, learning skills.
  • Great course, great idea.
  • The best aspect for me was turning my design into a stamp using the perforator! I also found out I could make perforations using a dressmakers wheel so I can continue creating ‘stamps’ at home.
  • Fun, fun and more fun! Will come back next year to do more.
  • The use of an antique perforator held at UWE. Stephen showing us alternative methods using equipment found in the home environment.
  • Every part, extremely well tutored and managed. I look forward to another workshop or more!

Making Friends with your Adana Press with Angie Butler and Si Butler

The tutors were:

  • Angie and Si were excellent and explained everything really well, and gave us a huge amount of useful tips – a brilliant duo act!
  • I had an Adana press in my loft for more than 10 years – did not know how it worked. Excellent course, both Si and Angie are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable – they covered everything.
  • I bought an Adana on Ebay – no instructions! Fantastic tutors, very helpful and eager to share knowledge.
  • First class – excellent.
  • Excellent.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • Working as a group and coming away with more confidence.
  • Getting my press working and knowing how to use it.
  • Understanding the machine and fundamentals of letterset
  • Learning to use, look after and set registration for printing
  • Thorough, calm introduction to Adana

Decorate Japanese Techniques for Paper and Book with Jeff Rathermel

The Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts class with Jeff Rathermel 2015 The Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts class with Jeff Rathermel 2015 The Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts class with Jeff Rathermel 2015 The Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts class with Jeff Rathermel 2015 The Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts class with Jeff Rathermel 2015

The tutor was:

  • Excellent – Jeff was extremely kind.
  • Highly knowledgeable, patient, informative – great!
  • Excellent, very well organised, clear instructions, very patient.
  • Highly knowledgeable bookmaking practice.
  • Excellent – Jeff is great at demonstrating and keeping you on target, he was really helpful with all abilities.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • Speed, variety of techniques covered.
  • So nice to work through multiple decorative paper techniques, allow the time to experiment and trying out different bindings using the paper that had just been made.
  • Really well organised course, nice to have space to work and plenty of materials. Lovely to have so much prepared, i.e. paper and boards cut, so we could progress quickly through techniques.
  • A good relaxed atmosphere.
  • Paper decorating processes.
  • Learning the water and oil marbling
  • Learning new paper techniques.

2D-3D Experimental Book Art Structures with Guy Begbie

I came on the course because:
  • To widen skills and knowledge.
  • Loosen up my approach to printmaking and book arts.
  • To re-engage with art after a break.
  • To learn new book-making skills and combine print, the 2D/3D element was the main reason.
  • To expand my knowledge of making books to be more 3 dimensional.
  • I enjoy book arts and I have attended Guy’s courses before so know they work for me. I wanted to extend my experiences and find different ways of constructing books.

The tutor was:

  • Excellent.
  • Very thorough. Took time to explain as many times as required.
  • Excellent.
  • Very good – there was a good amount of flexibility in the class to accommodate students' particular interests.

The best aspect of the course was:

  • Allowed to create individually.
  • To enhance own strengths.
  • Demonstrations were structured but then time to experiment with own ideas – it was a good balance.
  • Good to see current artist’s work in progress.
  • The freedom to develop my own book structures but with guidance by a really good tutor.
  • Interaction with other people on the course.
  • Having a whole week to experiment and having expertise of a very experienced book artist. I liked painting and bookmaking combined

Some of the Book Arts classes held at the Centre for Fine Print Research

The collaborative artist's book made in the Fluxus Lab class The Fluxus Lab summer school with Jeff Rathermel The Fluxus Lab summer school with Jeff Rathermel Imposition and Inkjet Printing for Book Arts class with Melissa OlenImposition and Inkjet Printing for Book Arts class with Melissa Olen
Guy Begbie's Advanced Bookbinding class Guy Begbie's Advanced Bookbinding class Guy Begbie's Advanced Bookbinding class Guy Begbie's Advanced Bookbinding class Guy Begbie's Advanced Bookbinding class

2D-3D Experimental book art structures with Guy Begbie
Advanced Bookbinding for book artists with Guy Begbie
Advanced Letterpress with Angie Butler
Altered Books with Guy Begbie
Architectural Book Structures with Guy Begbie
‘Artistamps' with Stephen Fowler
Book Boxes and containers with Guy Begbie
Bookbinding for Book Artists with Guy Begbie
Collapsible Star Binding and The Coptic Stitch with Guy Begbie
Comics, Books, Zines with Offset lithography with Jon McNaught
Contemporary Letterpress - Finding your form(e) with Angie Butler
Contemporary Letterpress 2 - Making An Impression with Angie Butler
Contemporary Letterpress 1 – Getting Type High! with Angie Butler
Creative Laser Cutting with Claire Phipps
Cut It Out! Introduction to Laser Cutting with Sarah Barnes
Decorative Japanese Techniques for Paper and Book Arts with Jeff Rathermel of MCBA
Fluxus Lab Assembling Box with Jeff Rathermel
Home Made Rubber Stamps and books with Stephen Fowler
Imposition and Inkjet Printing for Book Arts with Melissa Olen
Japanese Book, Print and Paper Arts with Jeff Rathermel of MCBA
Laser-cutting for Book Artists with Tom Sowden
Letterpress for beginners with Angie Butler
Letterpress with Angie Butler
Letterpress Printed Book Arts Intensive with Angie Butler
Making Friends With Your Adana Press with Angie and Si Butler
Making Books: Binding, Pages, Covers and Cuts with Angie Butler
Pop-ups with Alexandra Czinczel
Primitive Printmaking with Stephen Fowler
Primitive Printmaking in the City with Stephen Fowler
Printing Without Picas: A Pressure Printing Masterclass with Angie Butler
Pulp-printing with Tim Mosely
Roller printing with Stephen Fowler
The French Sewn Flat Back and Concertina Binding with Guy Begbie
The Pamphlet/Booklet and Japanese Stab Bindings with Guy Begbie
Using Digital Technology to Produce a Book with Dr Douglas Holleley
Wide Format Print and Laser Cutting for Arts and Crafts with Paul Laidler and Tom Sowden
Wood Engraving with Ben Goodman

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