Simply Folded – Artist Books


Sat-Sun 14-15 August – Complete
Email me to be added to the wait list for this workshop

9:45am for a 10am start
Finishing around 4pm

Cost: $330-$350
(ALL materials included)
The workshop fee is a combination of:
New Students – $290 pp ; or
Returning Students – $270 pp
All students – $60 pp
*Pensioners and Carers book as a Returning Student

The Studio, North Maleny

Minimum 4 people
Maximum 5 people

An Artist Book is a medium of creative expression that uses the form and function of a book as its inspiration … but note, the interpretation of ‘book’ is wide and varied.

An artist book can be intimate and personal; it can be a one-of-a-kind or form a small edition; it can be sculptural and robust, inviting touch and exploration; it can be delicate and fragile; it can be pretty and interesting and serve no functional purpose; it can hold postcards or secrets, or tell a tall tale … no matter how you want to refer to them, they are an exciting form of personal expression – and can be created by anyone.

In this workshop we will explore and create several simple book forms focusing on folding methods to bind the structure (plus maybe some with a little tape and glue to bind the structures). We will investigate more complex construction techniques, and you will leave the workshop with skills and information to continue creating your own artist books in varied levels of complexity from home.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate, all ages over 16.

Scroll down, or click here, to read what past students have said about this workshop.

Learning Outcome

Many book structures can be made with just the simple art of folding paper. Add glue or tape and possibilities and structural complexity increase.

We will cover designing and planning your artist books; different paper, cover and book materials; and work with several different folding structures. These folding structures can then be adapted to make more complex and interesting structures.

You will take home the books you make. We’ll be making 4-5 books plus 2 different covers that can be used across a range of different book types. You will be given handouts with the basic book structure instructions.

With artist books, you are limited only by your imagination. I have plenty of reference books to look through, and will give you plenty of information for ongoing inspiration and exploration of the art and craft or making your own hand made artist books.

You will be able to take these skills home and continue to confidently make your own artist books from your own studio or home.


All necessary materials for making our artist books are covered in your Materials Fee and provided for this workshop.

– plenty of plain and simple coloured papers in a range of sizes (and you are welcome to bring some of your own papers to make your own unique books)
– glue and tapes
– tools and resources used for book making
– a selection of decorative papers and washi tape to embellish your artist books
– paints, pens and other creative resources to embellish your artist books
– tea and coffee, with a light morning and afternoon tea

Not Included

Everything you need for this workshop is included and provided.

What to Bring

You are welcome to bring your own printed, painted or favourite papers – papers with drawings, paintings, gel plate monotype prints, cyanotype. I will have plenty of plain and simple coloured papers on hand, but if you have some of your own papers that you would like to work with, please bring them with you. We will work with different paper sizes for different book structures; bring what you think you may like to work with and we’ll see how everything fits together on the day.

Lunch. You can pop into town to buy lunch, but it is a few minutes drive and parking can be difficult (Maleny is a popular weekend destination). Therefore I recommend you bring your lunch and maximise the time you have printing and learning in the studio.

Please also bring a journal or notebook for taking notes during the workshop. And you are welcome to take photos of demonstrations and examples on the day.


​Participants are advised to wear closed in shoes, and suitable clothing or apron that you do not mind ‘studio’ dirty.

We will be using sharp tools to cut and work with our papers. You will be given instruction on how to hold and use the tools, and it will expected that you follow instruction and take care while using them.


To book your place in this workshop, please complete the booking form to the right.

Full payment is required to secure your booking. Payment can be made via PayPal or direct deposit.

If you cancel your workshop booking you may incur fees. Please read my cancellation policy here.

If a workshop does not reach the minimum numbers required, it may have to be cancelled. If this happens you will receive a full refund or an option to reschedule.

Once your booking form and payment has been received I will contact you to confirm you place and advise any special instructions.

Workshops and Students’ work

Folded Artist Books

Below are examples of artist books I have made using different folding techniques. The structures are simple. The papers and content within each book are what make them beautiful and special.

Click here to see more artist books.

Artist Book - Season 1 + Season 2

Artist Book - Found

Artist Book - Home

Artist Book - Blue

Artist Book - Turning Point

Read what past students have said about this workshop

  • Kim, apart from the opportunity to remove myself from the ‘everyday’, I am grateful that you provide a place where, for the first time since year 8 art, I can simultaneously enjoy, create, learn and have fun in a completely non-judgmental and fabulously encouraging environment.

    Roz, Toowoomba
    Roz, Toowoomba Simply Folded Artist Books
  • Excellent [workshop] and I had a great time. Great information ! Plus value for money. Good pace pleased with what I came home with.

    Cathy, Noosa
    Cathy, Noosa Simply Folded - Artist Books
  • Kim has such a genuine passion for printmaking and artists' books that you can’t help but be enthused and engaged. It was a privilege to be able to learn and play in her personal studio space. I really enjoyed the way we were “worked hard,” and made to think how we could apply the many techniques and samples we created to our own art practice. I was so inspired by the end of our 2-day course that I stayed up the next evening until 3am, thinking and planning my future projects.

    Denise, Cooroy
    Denise, Cooroy Simply Folded - Artist Books

About Dates and other options

If the dates noted above don’t suit you, or you would like private tuition or to arrange a private group workshop, please contact me to enquire about other date options that better suit you.

You can also sign up to my mailing list to be kept up to date about upcoming workshops dates and opportunities, plus tips, hints and ideas for your own printmaking practice. I will also include information about other local artist workshops in the Maleny Sunshine Coast Hinterland area.