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Paul Johnson: movable book artist and teacher

The founder of the Book Art Project to teach children writing through book-making shares his experience and work at St Brides.
When Oct 28, 2014 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where GB

Paul Johnson studied at Norwich School of Art and Rabindranath Tagore’s University of Santiniketan in India. While on the art education staff of the Manchester Metropolitan University in the late 80s he inaugurated The Book Art Project, the main focus of which was to teach writing to children through the book form. Since then he has made books with over 200,000 children and over 25,000 teachers worldwide.

A parallel career is as a book artist. His unique pop-up books are represented in most of the major collections in the USA including the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Library of Congress and the Museum of Art in Washington DC. In 2013 he was awarded first prize (complete book category) in the International Bookbinders Competition of the Society of Bookbinders. None of his books have folds – all sections are joined with dovetail joints and piano hinges. Paul Johnson says, ‘It was seeing the sculptural bindings of Phillip Smith over thirty years ago that inspired me to look beyond the book as something to read.’

In this presentation Paul shares with us his life as book artist and teacher. He will show several of his unique carousel pop-up books first in the flat-pack state, then assembled into the 3D form, and then illustrate how these books inform the pop-up books children – some as young as four years of age - make in his workshops.

Admission: £7 DB members; £10 non-members; £5 students (with NUS card). You can book and pay online.

[Text from the St Bride Foundation website]

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