Press Releases: Cut, fold and construct, books and paper short courses

Discover how to bind your own books, create unique artist's books or make complex book repairs through traditional processes that offer a fulfilling contrast to the rise of digital media. Escape to the relaxing and inspiring atmosphere of West Dean College, located within the stunning South Downs landscape. Learn from expert tutors in professional workshops as you explore your creativity, and enjoy good food and a friendly environment. The college offers over 700 art and craft short courses every year and there is something for every level from beginners to advanced levels.

With paper artist and illustrator, Andy Singleton, you will explore the art of paper cutting and create enchanting imagery using just a sheet of paper and a sharp knife. Paper cuts (13 - 15 May Weekend £244 Suitable for all). Andy also teaches Cut, fold, construct - paper sculpture. Discover the potential and versatility of paper to create sculptural three-dimensional forms. Learn how to use simple techniques and develop an individual approach to paper sculpture (15 - 18 May Three Days £355 Suitable for all).

Learn how to produce beautiful hand marbled papers starting with simple Suminagashi, using Chinese inks to produce delicate papers. You will then progress onto traditional marbling techniques, using gouache paints to produce papers in a set of standard patterns and others of your own design. Making marbled papers with Louise Brockman (13 - 15 May Beginners/Intermediate Weekend £250).

Bring your books to life turning the 2-D into 3D. Learn step-by-step mechanisms upon which to build and experiment with your ideas. Collate these into a simple book of techniques to take home and use for further exploration. Pop-ups within the artist book form Clare Bryan (NEW 30 July - 5 August Summer School £692 Beginners/Intermediate).

Learn every stage of making a notebook, from folding the paper into sections to gluing and case-making. Progress to ao project such as the repair of a personal book. More experienced bookbinders can renovate their own cloth or leather-bound books. Bookbinding for all with traditional hand book binder, John Robinson, (4 - 9 September Five Days £526 Suitable for all).

Learn the traditional Korean way of making textured paper using water and eager hands. Create textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Become acquainted with its usage and role in Korean society, learn techniques and its adaptations into contemporary art forms. Joomchi and beyond - Korean paper art (NEW 25 - 29 September Four Days £467 Beginners).


Treat a friend or loved one with a gift voucher for £10, £25, £50 or £100, which can be used as full or part payment towards a short course. Email [email protected].


If you are new to West Dean you are entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of course fees for your first booking (telephone bookings only) +44 (0)1243 818300.


Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £102 per person for 2 nights (twin occupancy).


To view the digital brochure or to book a place visit e-mail [email protected] or call 0844 4994408.

Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation which also comprises West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • West Dean College offers over 700 creative short courses every year. To browse the digital brochure visit
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London

Media Contact Information

For further information, high-resolution digital images of filming opportunities, please contact

Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer, +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ