I first heard of these classes in 2007 from a friend who was going. She recommended them and says that once you know the basics, there is freedom to pursue your own projects with Adele and Wim to facilitate. With my masters to finish, I had to be patient, but now I am really looking forward to receiving some instruction in binding and construction techniques.
A couple of years ago, I attended a one day workshop on artists books which was run at Impress Printmakers Studio, and everything else I have done has been self-taught. While it sounds impressive to call yourself an "autodidact" (what a great word, hey?) it is a slow process, involving a lot of trial and error, and false starts, at least it is for someone like me, who can never stand to just do what the book says - I always have something a little different in mind!
I'm hopeful that Adele and Wim will be a great "fit" for me, as their work is often very sculptural, and I have had a long time dream of learning more about printmaking too, which we touched on during my ceramics course. A lot of printmaking techniques can be adapted for use with clay by using plaster for your plate and underglazes or slips for ink.
So you can see what I mean about the sculptural aspect of Adele and Wim's books, I've uploaded some images of their work.
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