Taking a day out to spend creatively making in my Midsummer Making Day workshop, all five participants worked intensively, creatively and imaginatively to make a unique, hand-sewn Artist's Book with text and image. The books were bound with a Japanese stab-binding sewing method.
Poetry, prose and single words were used to convey written content and watercolour and paper collage to depict visual imagery.
A great day was had by all - I loved it!
Here are a few images of the workshop and the Artists' Books...
I spent a really enjoyable day as a Visiting Artist at the Hartley Primary School in Newham. I am always impressed by the ideas and innovation of young learners and these Book Arts workshops with Year 6 and Year 1 were no exception.
In my workshops the Year 6 made sketch books for their school Arts Week ideas and artwork using the three hole pamphlet stitch bookbinding method. The Year 1 pupils made lovely concertina structures with papercut designs.
Thanks to the school staff for a warm welcome.
For more information about Arts Events in Newham, London click here.
A great evening demonstrating book binding and talking book arts at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London. Thanks to the University of the Arts alumni team for inviting us along. It was really nice to chat and make alongside Jaquinta, Sky and Tori whilst sewing a traditional French binding to create a miniature book of my illustrations.
My love of bright colours and paper engineering combine in these two paperworks. The first was inspired by the rose window in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and the second by the sunrise and sunset.
I'm really pleased to be running Book Arts drop in workshops at LCC tomorrow.
I will be demonstrating traditional book binding at the University of the Arts London alumni event at the Book Club in Shoreditch on Wednesday (2nd June) along with fellow BA Book Arts alumni from the London College of Communication.
I'm looking forward to spending time binding in a cool venue in East London and catching up everyone.
I ran an early morning 5 kilometre run today and this was great for clearing my mind and taking 'time to smell the flowers' - as they say. Clearly not literally, as this would have adversely affected my effort to achieve a Personal Best!
Hackney Marshes Park Run is a lovely course taking in shaded tree lined paths, open fields (bordering the new olympic site) and the canal tow path. I would always recommend running as a great sport and effective way of chasing thoughts of inspiration.
Find out more about the national Park Run events here. The graphic design for the site is brilliant too! Simple, recognisable and amusing! One run down, 49 more to go before I qualify for my Park Run t-shirt!!
The most recent blog post includes a video of the hand printing, letter press pressing and hand binding process of making a series of Artist's Books. Hours of work in just over 5 minutes!
This brings back memories of hours spent in the letterpress workshop setting type and printing Fairy Tales, my limited edition of hand bound books featuring fairy tales in 31 words. I raise my glass to the dedicated, skilled craft process of book binding!
Below are images of the hand binding of the Fairy Tales limited edition books.
I have just found the rather beautiful website of the featured Book Artist Abigail Uhteg (by pausing the video to read the text near the end!).
Greetings Readers! I am a freelance Book Artist, Illustrator and Linguist with two main aims - to inspire and to pass on knowledge to one and all.
Exploring the themes of folklore, language and the everyday, I create unique and limited edition Artist's Books and illustrations.
I devise and lead creative and language workshops for children and adults, in education and in the community.
I exhibit my art work, deliver presentations and write for publications.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog/s and I invite you to get in touch any time and to return again soon!