DB/SoB Joint Weekend Workshops



How to Gold Tool an Image

Oxford Pulp Board Binding

Cased-in Drum Leaf Binding

Full Leather Reback

Moveable Book Magic

Stub Binding


Moveable Book Magic

Tutor: Paul Johnson
Dates: 11-12 May 2019
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Derby Arboretum
Fee: GBP175.00 (plus materials payable on the day)

The workshop begins with making a sixteen-page book with a detachable cover from a single sheet of paper. Each of the six spreads contains a different movable structure - house, furnished room, Turkish map fold, secret box (with a message inside), sailing boat and palace. Japanese locked cards adorn the cover.

We will devise a narrative that links these forms and create a story that weaves its way through the pages from beginning to end.

Suitable for all levels.

Paul Johnson lives two professional lives - as an educator with an international reputation for developing children’s writing through the book arts, and as a book artist.

His published books include A Book of One’s Own and Literacy Through the Book Arts. He has made books with over 25,000 teachers and nearly 200,000 children worldwide.

His unique pop-up books are in most of the major collections in the USA. He has received the Colophon Award from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and the Portnall Award from the UK Society of Bookbinders.

In 2019 The Johns Hopkins University acquired over 500 pieces of his original work dating from the 1960s.






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