Experimental Print and Bookmaking


Early fee ends 3 December 2018

Mon-Fri 14 to 18 Jan, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Janet Parker-Smith

Create experimental handmade books, original mono-prints and combine them with new techniques to make small single-cover and hard-cover books.

9 Available


Term: Summer School Week 1 2019
Start Date: 14 Jan 2019
End Date: 18 Jan 2019
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Number of classes: 5
Teacher: Janet Parker-Smith

Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Age:16 and over
Early Fee: $689.00
Early Concession Fee: $655.00
Location: National Art School
Availability: Available

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

course overview

Create experimental handmade books and alter existing books from your own collection. Make original mono-prints and combine them with Japanese binding techniques to make small single-cover and hard-cover books. Janet Parker-Smith will introduce you to various folding and cutting methods and show you how to fuse glues, wire and threads to attach images to deconstructed and altered books. She will also present a range of artists’ books and inspire you to make your own unique book constructions and completed artworks.

teacher profile

Janet Parker-Smith is a Sydney-based artist who works with printmedia, sculpture and altered books. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for 20 years. Her work is held by the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Victoria and numerous other public collections, as well as private collections. Janet is the Studio Supervisor in Printmedia at Sydney College of the Arts and a casual academic in the Printmedia Department, where she has worked since 2006. Janet is represented by Van Rensberg Galleries in Hong Kong, and supported by both MAY SPACE, where she has had several solo exhibitions, and .M Contemporary in Sydney.

materials list

  • Cartridge paper (50 x 70cm) – 10 sheets
  • BFK Reeves 220-280 gsm– 4 sheets
  • Newsprint (50 x 70cm) – 10 sheets
  • Boxboard 30 x 40cm – 1 sheet
  • Rice paper – 1 sheet 50 x 70cm
  • 1 cutting knife
  • Each student to bring one to 2 books they can deconstruct/alter
  • Images for collage – students to bring these
  • Other (wire, threads, etc.)
  • scissors
  • Found materials for printing – students to bring these, e.g. textured fabrics, mesh, leaves etc.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential

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