The Foundation Year Book Project
"The idea was to give us practical experience in simple book binding techniques. So diverse was this project that we were introduced to the processes involved in making a concertina book, a folded book with a wrap-around cover, a single selection sewn book and a Japanese stab binding book!
"To find inspiration we went to visit the artist's book collection in the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum to look at original examples of artist’s books first hand. This visit allowed us to see how the book form has been used a vehicle for ideas and showed us how far artists have challenged the concept of what a book can be; this greatly influenced our own final works.
"Not only that, but we were lucky enough to see books by a range of artists that included Ed Ruscha, Picasso, Giacometti and Sol LeWitt!"
"Back in the studio, we used the book-binding skills we had learned at the start of the project to produce a final artist's book with our own content and interpretations of what form an artist's book might take, experimenting with lots of different approaches such as collage, printmaking, drawing, and painting.
"In the end we produced many distinctive pieces that combined a range of materials with a range of processes. It was really brilliant to see how individual everyone's final books were."
Our next Foundation Year open day is on Thursday 8th January 2015 Book open day
The application deadline for entry in September 2015 is Friday 15th February 2015 Apply now