Folded & Stitched Artist Books 2 Day Workshop


2 Day Workshop with Avril Makula.

Saturday 19 August – Sunday 20 August
10am-4pm both days.

$35 materials fee pay directly to tutor.
Suitable for All Skill Levels, ages 18+

Learn simple paper folding and stitching techniques to create sculptural book structures. While many artists are familiar with bookmaking, primarily the codex form, the world of books is vast and varied, embracing a cornucopia of experimental and sculptural book structures, many of which we will explore.

The workshop will cover the following:

  • In this two-day hands-on workshop we will focus on simple but effective paper folding and stitching techniques to produce books that present work in new ways and also act as standalone works of art.
  • DAY 1 – we will play with folded structures like the Columbus cube, various zine folds, the flower fold, Turkish map fold and some of the many permutations of the humble concertina.
  • DAY 2 –we will work primarily with sewn books, a great opportunity to inject new life into old drawings and prints, or re-use paper from other sources like discarded books and maps.
  • We can also create new text and imagery for our bookworks. The seascape, landscape, white sandy beaches, birdlife and history of the Jervis Bay region offer plenty of inspirational creative fodder.

This is a two-day workshop! The class will run across both days.

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About Avril

Avril has always been drawn to words, books, colour and the shape of letters. She learned to set lead type in her first job, had a grounding in printmaking at art school, then the lure of typography and the challenge of combining words and images in a meaningful way led her to a career in book design. This in turn shaped her art practice, in which she prints and hand-binds books, takes discarded books and other printed matter and restructures it into new forms, and even makes prints using letter shapes. Much of her work explores the books as art using typography, geometry and colour. She also incorporates themes of connection to place, landscape and the natural world into her bookwork. She loves the way a closed book can reveal its secrets depending on how it is opened by the reader. Her books are held in the National Library of Australia and the state libraries of NSW and Victoria, as well as private collections.

Instagram: @avrilmakula

Additional information


SATURDAY 19 August, SUNDAY 20 August

What to Bring

Student Requirements List

To bring

  • Cutting mat – best with 1cm grid
  • Metal ruler or other metal straight edge to cut against
  • Cutting tools: scalpel, snap-off blade, stanley knife – whatever you
    like to use (plus replacement blades). A kitchen butter knife or boot knife. Scissors. The most important thing is you use cutting
    implements you like.
  • Bonefolder
  • Awl
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Glue brushes (one small and one larger, eg 10 mm and 30 mm),
    plastic containers for glue, resting glue brush, water, mixing paint or
    ink if using
  • waste paper for glueing out (butchers paper, old magazines with
    shiny paper)
  • Chux
  • Baking paper
  • Hand towel
  • Offcut of foam core board or similar
  • Needles (bookbinding needles or straw no.1)
  • Adhesive: glue sticks, double sided tape, pH neutral acid-free PVA (kids PVA from officeworks is suitable)
  • Plastic spoons or chopsticks are handy for mixing
  • Drawing materials: anything you like to use to make marks on paper (eg pencils, pastels, Ink, Rubber stamps, collage materials, ink, watercolour etc)
  • Paper for making book sections, whatever you like to use for your
    mark making and is able to be folded. Any type of printmaking or
    drawing paper, 120 to 260 gsm.
  • Paper of any type, can be plain or printed (eg cartridge paper,
    Japanese rice paper.
  • Coloured paper, eco-dyed paper, your favourite decorative paper,
    handmade paper – anything except shiny wrapping paper). Pages
    from discarded books like atlases are good for repurposing to make
    new sculptural books.
  • If you wish to incorporate fabric or stitching, bring relevant materials
  • Optional (but handy): a small weight and pressing boards (such as a
    couple of bamboo chopping boards)


  • You must wear closed-toe shoes (no thongs or sandals)
  • Apron, protective clothes or old clothes

Materials fee $35 – payable directly to your tutor

Your Tutor will provide

  • Cover board
  • Linen thread
  • A selection of general purpose paper and paper suitable for endpapers
  • A selection of suitable covering materials
  • Bookbinding essentials such as mull, tape, spine cloths
  • Extras will be available for individual purchase on the day.