2 week online Bookmaking with Guy Begbie


Weds 17 – 24 March

2 weeks



We are really pleased to run a 2 week bookmaking course with the inimitable Guy Begbie.  We intend to follow this with a 10 week course in the summer and a one year course from October 2021.

Week 1

The Sculptural Hard Back Cover Book

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make a hard back cover concertina book structure that can be used as a freestanding platform for display, with the potential to contain printed or hand rendered material.

The book will be constructed using a combination of cover boards, paper and card stock. It will be bound using a combination of stitching and PVA glue and will be of a conventional compact pocket scale when closed. However, when opened out and freestanding, the book will expand upwards, downwards and horizontally on a floor of pages, with multi configuration possibilities that result in the book occupying a considerably larger display surface area.

Week 2

The Architectural Soft Back Cover Tower Book

This book structure is made to be opened in an expanded, elongated format and folds down closed into a much smaller and compact portrait shaped /sized book which is contained in a soft back wrap around cover with a tabbed and slotted closure.

The book can be opened to spread outwards horizontally. Then some of the middle section pages can be expanded upwards several times to create a tall freestanding structure. These larger architecturally shaped page facets will be made from folded card stock and will be tipped and sewn into the book.

Full course description with materials list on booking.


Guy Begbie  MA

Guy Begbie is an inter-disciplinary book artist, bookbinder and printmaker based in Wales, UK. He has been teaching at various UK Universities as a lecturer and book arts co-ordinator since 1995. His professional arts background and teaching experience is multi-disciplinary.

Guy’s current ongoing research and development interests are in ‘the activated fold’ in a book arts and print context. In his recent teaching and practice in the field of book arts, graphic investigation and printmaking, he has delivered a Siganto Foundation Artists’ Book Lecture at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and also has presented talks on his arts practice at four Australian Universities while engaged in developing new works as an artist in residence at three of these institutions.

His work has been acquired for the Artists’ Book Collection at The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and the Manly Library Artists Book Collection, Manly, Sydney, Australia.  

In 2016 he exhibited his architectural bookworks in the exhibition ‘Cover to Cover’ at the Foyer Gallery in The School of Art, ANU, Canberra, Australia. He has been a recipient of the ‘Manly Library Artists Book Award 2017’ and was also selected to exhibit his designer bookbinding work in February 2017 at ‘CODE X: Contemporary Fine Bindings’, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia.

His 2020 independent artists book workshop tour of Australia was cut short by the world pandemic and he was marooned in Brisbane for four months before being able to return to the UK.

Spaces available