2 Day Workshop
The Artist Book
Stay tuned - workshop for 2024
An example of a concertina book
image: Stardust by Louisa Boyd
[WPS Membership fee $30 is included in the non-member price - covering your insurance in the studio]
with Janet Parker-Smith
Learn the processes of bookmaking to create blank journals/sketchbooks and also explore the artist book.
During this course, learn skills in how to make handmade books including a
*japanese bound book;
*single signature soft bound book;
*concertina artist book of your prints;
*coptic bind hard cover journal.
You will also work on a self-directed artwork from an existing book using processes to create a deconstructed/altered artist book.
Over the course of the 2 days students will acquire skills in book-binding and learn 3 different types of binds. Using existing prints, textured papers or plain drawing papers you can create your own journals and artist books. Participants will curate their own prints into a concertina book. Through the process of experimentation students will also be able to explore the processes of folds, cutting and construction to create an artist book from an existing book.
Students will need to bring at least 1 book that they can deconstruct/alter (a hard cover book if preferable), their own prints for concertina book and for covers, and art paper for journals. Some cartridge and copy paper available for binding, but participants often like to make books with specialty papers for watercolour or sketching.
Learn binding methods to develop your next entry in next year's Manly MAGAM artist book award.
Janet Parker-Smith is a Sydney based artist who works with cross disciplinary processes using Printmedia, Sculpture, collage and Altered books. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over 30 years. Her work deals with identity, displacement and the environment. Janet has held several solo exhibitions at May Space Gallery. She exhibits at Sydney Contemporary and has been a finalist in many art competitions. She has had work purchased by the Art Gallery of NSW and National Gallery of Victoria. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. She was recently commissioned by Willoughby Council to create a large scale copper art work for the Chatswood Library. Janet works in teaching Public Programs across Australia and is a sessional teacher in Printmedia at the National Art school and Sydney College of the Arts. She has also been involved in public arts projects with various councils across Sydney as an arts worker. She is an experienced Printmaker and has printed for various artists including Locust Jones, Debra Dawes, Rebecca Beardmore and UK artist, Mario Minichello.