Make decorative papers and books with Tracey Bush

Bookbinding and paper marbling

Ref: SSS10564

Suitable for all

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About this course

Use Suminagashi, Orizomegami and print, to make decorative papers to create books. You will explore surface and pattern further as you make a series of simple, yet effective book structures to free up your creative bookbinding potential.

Course Description

Immerse yourself in the creation of making decorated books. Learn how to create a range of decorative surfaces on paper, utilising processes such as Suminagashi, Orizomegami, stencil and block print you can create a collection of papers which can be used to create unique books.

Tracey has developed a range of simple and effective book structures with covers made of paper or bookcloth to teach you. There will be opportunities to explore decorative techniques such as hand foiling and transfer printing to create cover designs. You will be guided through the safe use of small bookbinding tools, preparing paper and how to choose the right format for the paper. This course will free up your creative bookbinding potential and develop understanding of the materials and processes for further artists’ books.

Your tutor, Tracey Bush, has made artists’ books for the past two decades and is an experienced tutor with lots of skills and techniques to share.

A feature of the Summer School is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace further opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course.

Several early evening creative sessions (5.10pm - 7pm) are planned throughout the week. Extra activities will differ this year in response to social distancing. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• Sign up early evening tutor-led drawing sessions in the garden

• Time to relax or explore in the tranquil West Dean Gardens

• Take a break from your course with some free time on Tuesday afternoon, from 3.30-5pm

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


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


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including those to make the decorated papers, papers, boards and cloth for the further book structures and materials for foiling and transfer printing. Any special papers or additional materials would need to be purchased from the Craft Shop.

What students need to bring

  • Any ideas or image references for pattern and decoration.
  • A cutting mat, bone folder, ruler, set square, scissors, craft knife (not with snap off blades), a sketchbook – if you have them (may also be purchased in the College Craft Shop)
  • An apron, pencil case.
  • Please note you must wear covered toe shoes at all times in the workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra paper, board or cloth, small tools including bone folders and items listed to bring


Tracey Bush

Tracey Bush trained as an illustrator, and successfully freelanced for many years. She has produced a series of books, which have been acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, Tate Britain and the Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry. 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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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