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Book Making Class with Victoria Lucas

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I’m a massive fan of self published books and especially those that are self produced as well using the raw materials available.  Earlier today I had the pleasure of being taught book making by Victoria Lucas.  Victoria provided everything needed to make a hardback boook.  All we had to do was follow her instructions.  This involved making a complete hardback book from scratch.  From sewing the pages together to wrapping the material around the cover, we did the lot.  The finished product was identical to the type of book which you would find it any quality book shop on the high street.

I attended a self publishing book seminar at Host gallery earlier in the year, details of which can be found HERE and it was at this event where I first came across David Gray.  David really convinced me that self publishing and making books was the way forward.  He later came to talk to the #Phonar group at Coventry University.  Details of Davids talk are HERE

Feedback from the whole group in attendance was very positive and promises have been made to have Victoria return again soon.  Classes such as this prepare us for leaving university and looking at the bigger picture of how we market our work.  Not only that, but how we make our own work unique and different.  Limited edition small print run books is just one idea open to us.  It also enables us to establish a customer base of people who are interested in our work and maybe our next project.

I would like to thank Victoria for coming to run the book making class today and giving a great talk about her work.  Victoria’s work can be seen HERE and I like many others look forward to seeing her again for another constructive class.

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Written by Dean O'Brien

March 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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  1. Agreed.

    Right where’s my glue…

    Jonathan Worth

    March 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    • Yep its enough to get you fired up thats for sure. Thanks for arranging the talk and class. Definitely one of the most constructive to date..

      Dean O'Brien

      March 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm


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