Bookbinding and paper marbling

Bookbinding – the art of the folded book with Tracey Bush

Ref: SWE10766

Suitable for all

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About this course

Explore a playful range of folded book structures, often based on a single sheet of paper, as you learn a range of simple binding skills.

Course Description

Learn essential bookbinding skills such as folding, tearing and cutting paper as you produce several book structures. The structures are all based on the concertina format, which is ideal for displaying your work and have the potential to become artists’ books. This approach will free up your creative potential and develop understanding of the materials and processes to make further books.

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


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. 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 for residential students).

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 are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including the materials to make the book structures. Any special papers or additional materials would need to be purchased from the Craft Shop.

What students need to bring

  • A cutting mat, bone folder, ruler, set square, scissors, craft knife (not with snap off blades) apron, pencil case, sketchbook for note taking.
  • You must wear covered toe/foot shoes at all times in the workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra paper, small tools


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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