2D-3D Experimental Book Art Structure

I recently attended a five-day experimental, sculptural artist’s book masterclass led by multidisciplinary artist Guy Begbie. It’s the third time I have attended UWE summer schools with Guy, each one learning new skills and thinking. This year we were looking at constructing books from printed material and making them into 3D structural forms contained within their bindings.

This Involved making additive monotypes using hand cut, low tech, type forms. These prints formed the matrix to produce freestanding books and pamphlets with structural context and creative narrative.

The aim was to create books that open up from the containment of their bindings into a freestanding structure. I don’t think I quite achieved this target, although it has changed my thinking on creating an artist book. Here’s what I managed to make:

Book One

Book Two

Book Three


I stretched a piece of paper months ago with no apparent plans for it. I stared at the blank piece of paper for about 2 months, then did a drawing. Stared at the drawing for another couple of months without any progress.  8 days ago I made a command decision and made a start. Maybe it will get to the exhibition on time. Another couple of days work and we might be able to frame it.

I never really new my local area until I got a dog. This is the rear of Haughton village, as seen from our river walk. The weather always feels like this when out with the hound, but maybe it’s just a little over dramatic.


Sheffield International Artist Book Prize

I decided to enter one of the books I made on the’Print Day in May’, into the Sheffield International Artist Book Prize. I uploaded to the site for an initial digital selection, and waited.


only took two days for my reply :

Message about your submissions to ‘5th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize'”Julie Macbean” made on 07/05/2015

Thanks for your submission to this year’s International Artist’s Book Prize. We are delighted to say that your book has been accepted and will be entered into the Prize and be exhibited in October. Could you please send the book as soon as possible to allow us to begin processing and preparing entries for the catalogue.

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Looking forward to the exhibition in October.

Print Day in May 2015

Print Day in May 2015…….An ideal time to bring a project to fruition that has been festering on the back boiler for years. ‘Terra Incognita’ using rusty metal plates to represent an unknown landscape.print-day-in-may-1

3 colours were used for the prints: Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue and Turquoise. A second ghost print was taken from each plate.

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As I finished the prints a lot quicker than expected, I decided to forge ahead and complete the project by making two artists books entitled ‘Here be Dragons’, which sometimes marked an area on the map in areas that were yet to be explored.

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