30 June 2010

Midsummer Making Day - Review

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...

My workspace in Uppercase magazine

I have an illustration published in the new issue of Uppercase Magazine(Issue 6).

Invited to draw ' My Workspace' I submitted a continuous line illustration and I am proud to see the result in the preview Flip through issue 6 page 47 on the Uppercase blog.

Congratulations to Janine and the team at Uppercase for attaining a GOLD award at the National Magazine Awards 2010 (Canada).

I really look forward to receiving my copy in the post!

My Workspace (June 2010)

16 June 2010

Midsummer Making Day

I am really looking forward to leading my Midsummer Making Day creative workshop on Sunday.

Illustration, creative writing and book arts combined into one day's inspirational session!

Small hands make great work!

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

3 June 2010

The Book Club event

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.

Above shows my hands making the mini book of illustrations.

And some more snapshots of our Artist's/Artists' Books captured on camera...

The last pic shows more of my Artist's Books.

1 June 2010

Fabric dye

I translated my rose window illustration into a fabric dye design today.  I kept the style free and flowing and i'm really pleased with the result!