Studio 5 Creative Studies in Contemporary Bookbinding and Book Arts. Manifesto 2020.

The new Studio 5 modules and courses in Creative Studies in Contemporary Bookbinding and Book Arts offer a unique combination of specialisms in traditional, contemporary and experimental bookbinding and book arts practises and skills. With a flexible delivery programme throughout the year, modular learning and a teacher to student ratio that affords time and consideration so enabling the individual student to maximise their learning experience.
Over the last 17 or so years not only UK residents, but many visitors, students and working artisans from all parts of the world have been willing to travel to London to study both part and full-time at Studio 5. Whilst it would be easy to increase numbers, the ethos of Studio 5 has always been quality not quantity. Unlike many courses that concentrate on conceptualisation and theory with minimal exposure to the practical aspects of bookbinding and book arts or short non linear workshops, Studio 5 provides practical experience in making and doing.
With an ever increasing trend for people to have more than one career in their working life, and with the modular nature of the courses, Studio 5 is very well placed to offer all suitable students an exciting, stimulating and challenging learning opportunity in an area of the arts where there is growing awareness, varied progression routes and work opportunities.
Aims of the Studio 5 course, Creative Studies in Contemporary Bookbinding and Book Arts
The scheme of study has been designed to enable suitable students of any age to study the Art and Craft of Bookbinding and Book Arts with the emphasis being on practical projects and modules, balanced with theoretical understanding that offers a practical gateway in bookbinding and book arts.
It is anticipated that students will acquire and develop skills that will enable them to become artisans, designers and artists who understand the importance of good working practices as a firm and practical foundation for contemporary and progressive work.

The intention of the Studio 5 course, Creative Studies in Contemporary Bookbinding and Book Arts is to:

provide a unique education in terms of the diversity of the mixture of art, craft and making

stimulate creativity in terms of traditional, contemporary and progressive/experimental working practices

provide artisanal training in bookbinding and book arts that can be used specifically for bookbinding and book arts or adapted for further use in other areas e.g. applied arts, graphic arts, installation work, restoration, private press etc

develop a student’s sense of professionalism

develop students’ critical abilities and awareness and an ability for self expression and collaborative works through projects

develop the understanding and application of relevant health and safety in the studio/workshop environment

develop the student’s ability to identify and solve technical and design problems and to become self motivated in working practices and out-put

provide knowledge, environment and facilities that enable students to work with hand tools, workshop and studio equipment safely and competently

provide a sound background in general and working knowledge with particular regard to bookbinding, book arts and associated practices

The Future

Since the inception of the earliest hand written book and increased availability due to inventions such as paper and printing, there has rarely been a time that the book has been out of the public domain.
Recently, with the rise and eventual stagnation of the ebook and similar reading platforms, the contemporary book has undergone something of a revolution. The genre of the book as a creative vehicle is growing in importance and understanding around the world.
With the wonderful advances in technical communications and affordable equipment such as printers and graphic packages for computers along side the traditional processes, the scope for either the self-employed bookbinder, book artist or employed artisan, in an institution, company or college/university, to engage with the book has never been more varied, exciting and rewarding.








The Studio 5 Bookbinding for Beginners.



STUDIO 5 INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING.


Introduction to the Studio 5 Introduction to Bookbinding Course.



CASE BINDING.

Rationale
This module develops the students’ ability to use basic materials such as cloth and a number of machine made papers. It will allow students the opportunity to explore differing adhesives and covering techniques in the production of case bindings.
Aims
To develop hand skills related to paper and cloth work and hand foil work
To enhance professional skills, awareness and responsibility
To stimulate creativity in design
To develop awareness of choice of suitable styles

Learning Outcome
On completion the student will be able to:
Select suitable styles of case binding
Fold sections
Be familiar with various sewing techniques
Forward the book to the required standard
Make a case binding including the use of modern design techniques
Assessment Strategy
Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 5 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use.
The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included.
Fee £700

BRADEL BINDING

Rationale
This module develops an awareness of strength and structure specific to this type of binding. It will give students the opportunity to work with leather and apply the relevant techniques involved in the production of the disappearing spine Bradel binding.
Aims
To introduce the student to leather binding and manipulation
To identify the correct materials specific to the binding style
To understand the need for and limitations of the binding style
To apply the relevant techniques
To assess the suitability of the binding style
Learning Outcome
On completion the student will be able to:
Select suitable text blocks in need of this structure
Forward the book to the required standard 
Make a Bradel binding including the use of modern design techniques
Assessment Strategy
Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 1 finished item of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use.
The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included.
Fee £700

BOX & ENCLOSURE MAKING.

Rationale
This module is intended to develop the students ability in making 3 styles of boxes for the books made during the 2 previous modules. The student will be able to select and use suitable materials and incorporate style and design ideas.
Aims
To identify the correct materials specific to the box style and use
To explore design and material manipulation
To apply the relevant techniques
To understand internal measuring
Learning Outcome
On completion the student will be able to:
Select suitable box styles and construction methods
Apply the techniques for making boxes including a two tray drop back box 
Apply techniques suitable for various uses
Assessment Strategy
Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 3 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise design, process and protection.
The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included.
Fee £700

ARTIST’S BOOK OR COMPLETE BOOK (Option A)

Rationale
This module is intended to develop the students’ ability to explore print, book manipulation and creative journeys with the book.
Aims
To identify differing print techniques
To explore the book as a means of artistic and social expression
To apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums
Learning Outcome
On completion the student will be able to:
Select suitable print techniques and mixed media
Forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
To understand the relationship of the artist and the book
Assessment Strategy
Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes.

The Module is delivered over 6 days with some materials included.
Fee £700

INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY BRADEL DESIGN BINDING (Option B)
Rationale
The Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding gives students the opportunity to make a Design Binding and enclosure using contemporary and traditional techniques and materials.
Aims
To expand existing skills and techniques whilst learning relevant traditional skills
To explore Design Binding with contemporary arts practices
To apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome
On completion the student will be able to:
Select suitable construction methods
Forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
To boldly go where no one has been before
Assessment Strategy
Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes.
The Module is delivered over 14 days with basic materials included.
Fee £1,400

 
The STUDIO 5 BEGINNERS COURSE is delivered in 3 modules of six days each. Upon successful completion the student will be issued with a Studio 5 Certificate. The fee is £2,100.00 per person. The fee covers all tuition, hand tool use, workshop equipment as required and materials as outlined in the module information. A 50% non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking full payment being made no less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. The modules can be delivered in a block or days to suit the individual student.
Two further modules, options A and B are individually priced.
To book a place or for more information please contact us.
Mark Cockram
Studio Five First Floor The Mews 46-52 Church Road Barnes London SW13 0DQ
Tel: 0208 563 2158 e-mail:studio5bookarts@aol.co.uk

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