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.
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.
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.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.
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.