Bookbinding and paper marbling

Paper journeys – stitch and fold unique books with Tracey Bush

Ref: SSS08954


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About this course

Make a creative document or exploration of a location or journey from the combination of maps, charts, photographs, drawings and text. Explore simple book formats as you learn the skills and processes to create your own unique book, based on a map or journey, guided by the tutor's expertise in creating artists' books on geographical themes.

Course Description

You will learn the skills and processes to create your own unique handmade books, based on a map, journey or place, while you explore a range of simple book formats based on two key structures, the pamphlet or single section binding and the concertina, all suitable for adaptation into unique artist's books. The outcomes of the course could be both a small collection of different book formats, but also a more considered unique book, based on a journey or place.

The final presentation of a unique book(s) will include the making of a hard cover (case binding) using a combination of paper and book cloth and another in a Japanese style wrap-around case (Maru Chitsu) using a combination of paper, board and bookcloth.

The course is inspired by the tutors ongoing series of artists' book inspired by the River Thames. The most recent book The Last Voyage incorporated a hemp paper boat with rubber stamped map and has been acquired by the Bodleian Library, Tracey will give a talk about this during the course.

By the end of the course,

You will have created a unique book making a mock up, incorporating typography, imagery and editing material for maxim effect.

You should have the skills and techniques to produce further books based on a map, journey or place.

You should leave the course with a set of small single section books in a case, in addition to a concertina book in a hard cover.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • Some of the materials supplied are included in the workshop fee (PVA glue, cartridge paper, Khadi paper, etching paper, watercolour paper, mill board, bookbinding threads) these are sufficient to make the initial sample books (set of pamphlet books, Japanese style case) though you will need to purchase some specific papers, board and cloth for your individual book project, after discussion with your tutor.

What students need to bring

  • Ideas and consideration to the text and images you may wish to base your book/s on. Also consider bringing maps and other background information you may need to inform your 'journey'. For example: maps/atlases/charts/images/text, photos, drawings paintings on paper, small prints, paper ephemera.
  • Stanley knife with a retractable blade, for cutting paper if you have one (please do not bring a snap off craft knife or knife with a fixed blade).
  • The following are also useful if you have them: a notebook, pencils/mechanical pencil, pens, small scissors, paper knife, bone folder, pricker/awl, special paper or board, coloured threads (if desired) an apron, and ribbon, cordage or string that you may wish to use as a tie, bone/wood or other button or toggle to use as a fixing (if desired) and a good quality set square.

Available to buy

  • Various papers including cartridge paper, watercolour papers and Khadi papers
  • Bone folders, Book cloth, book binding needles and much more!
  • Grey board and card
  • Drawing equipment
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the College craft shop, we suggest you do so after having discussed with your tutor.
  • The tutor will bring some additional materials: papers, ribbons, buttons and fixings, coloured threads, charts and maps for the course, you should reimburse her directly for anything you use.

Please note: The course will involve fine cutting using a knife or board chopper, sewing, and demands a level of manual dexterity. So you need to be able to hold a needle and knife to cut accurately and safely during the course.


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years before attaining her MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts. She has produced a series of books under the imprint Fathom Five Books, which have been acquired by national and international collections including the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. Tracey has a PGCE from the Institute of Education, London and regularly devises and delivers workshops in major institutions. In 2014 Tracey was commissioned to create the large scale 'Ports of the World' butterfly box, which is installed on the P&O cruise ship, Britannia.


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