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Artists’ Books: Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursday 9th August 2018, (Code PR030-402) Add to Basket Thursday 9th August 2018, 5:30pm - 7:00pm • (One-day course) G10 Thomson's Land • Tutor: Susie C M J Wilson BA, PG Dip
£20.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

This 90-minute workshop will focus on altering the look, feel and substance of an existing published book. Through creative deconstruction of an existing text or structure, students will make a re-imagined work.

Course Details

Content of Course

This course will introduce students to:

  • the concept of the altered book and the work of artists who alter books in their practice e.g. Tom Phillips, Georgia Russell and J Safran Foer 
  • different approaches to altering an existing book through demonstrations

Teaching method(s)

This 90-minute group workshop will introduce techniques, processes and concepts to enable students to alter an existing book into a more focused and personal exploration.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • respond to an existing text/book and consider different approaches to altering the content or structure within the context of the altered book;
  • explore the  different possibilities  offered by the deconstruction of a book form;
  • develop one altered book through an immediate response to an existing text.


Core Readings

  • Bodman, S., 2005.Creating Artists' Books. London: A&C Black.
  • Smith, Keith, and Jordan, Fred, 1998. Bookbinding for Book Artists. Rochester NY: Keith A Smith Books.
  • Bodman, S., ed., 2011.Artist's book yearbook 2012-2013. Bristol: Impact Press.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.