28 May 2012

Inspiration Monday: The Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre in London has played a part in my life for almost as long as I can remember.  

One recollection brings about an image of bright sunlight, sparkling reflections from the Waterside fountains, red seats and high, soaring windows which brought on a sense of unreality.  On relating this tale to my parents we worked out that I was 3 or 4 years old and I was waiting with my mother and sister to meet my father who worked on the construction project in the 1970s.

Making screen printed cards under the chandelier over the main staircase; watching the live performance of Leonard Bernstein's concert West Side Story in the Barbican Hall in 1984; and years later in 2003, working as a steward alongside really creative and inspiring people.  

Since then, I have enjoyed concerts, peaceful moments, spontaneous discoveries walking through the building, film, chats with friends...

I'm still undecided about the architecture - although now iconic in architecture history, as I have heard tales of the construction processI find it difficutle to be fully passionate...but that's another discussion.

23 May 2012

New bookbinding workshop in June - now booking!

Please click the poster to view full details of my forthcoming workshop.

Join me for a full day of learning and making using traditional bookbinding techniques and tools - and leave with you own, unique hand bound, hard cover book.

Great to offer as a gift or to expand your own creative skills!

To be held at 15 Queen Street, Colchester.

Book now!

Here are some images of the sell out January Bookbinding MAXI workshop...

21 May 2012

A Stitch in time....

Now that I have worked out how to use the reverse stitch on my sewing machine, I no longer have to hand sew each seam to prevent long term unpicking.  Result!

So, this weekend I indulged in stitch...

beautiful Liberty print fabric + sage green felt + hand embroidery = lovely new mobile phone case.


18 May 2012

Get set for the weekend!

Papercut, felt pens, paint, stitch, line, clay, print....

...what methods and materials shall I use this weekend?

14 May 2012

7 May 2012

Announcing my next workshop: Bookbinding MAXI

Inspiration Monday: New and Old friends

I am very happy to have new friends in my (old) new area and old friends in my (old) new area and old friends in all my old areas of abode :-)

Support, inspiration, a warm welcome, sharing, caring and thoughtfulness.

Thank you to you all.