French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book & Clamshell Book Box

with Guy Begbie

31th Oct and 1st Nov 2015

10am to 4.30pm


This two day workshop is designed for participants with or without bookbinding experience.

French Sewn Flat Back Case Bound Book

During the first day of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and take home a cloth bound hardback French sewn multi section book.

This is a traditional classic book structure that is strong and durable; the section page spreads will lie flat when the book is opened.

This type of book construction can be applied universally to books of varying scales and formats, providing a professional binding finish and a neutral, elegant space to contain image/text content.

Clamshell Book Box

During the second day of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make and take home a Clamshell Book Box. This type of box structure provides a secure and elegant method of containing and displaying prints or housing books.

The box exterior is covered with book cloth, the interior is paper lined.

The contents of the box can be displayed with it laid flat and opened out. The box can be stored freestanding on a book shelf in an upright position.

All equipment and materials will be provided for the workshop.


Tutor: Guy Begbie

Guy Begbie is an interdisciplinary artist, bookbinder & university associate lecturer. As an artist, he makes book works influenced by a core interest in parallels between historical bookbinding structures & architectural forms. He works in a variety of media, that includes traditional bindery materials, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculptural casting and filmmaking.  His work uses non-linear narrative to investigate the book in transition from 2D to 3D, alluding to spatial qualities in ancient & modern sites & buildings.