Today we held an open studio for some of the artists who are holding sessions at the Julia Street Creative Space. I was there alongside some incredibly talented people - Ruby Richardson (screen printing), Brett Jarrett (realist painter), Jenny Griffin (felt maker) and Shelley Husband/Spincushions (crochet work).
It was so busy that I only got a chance to take one quick photo to send to Shelley (who was unable to be there today), and then posted it nearly at the end of the actual time! Oh well, it's a testament to the event that I was so busy.
luciandjoe have scheduled two workshops for the coming months, and there are plans underway for more.
The first one is an introductory session which is designed to give people a taste of what book projects could be made. We'll be making a concertina book (A5 in size, beautiful paper covered hard book cover and at least 90cm wide paper (depending on how big the sheets are that I can order!). These are great for albums, guest books and folios.
Also in that workshop we are making a simple sewn book, using card as a cover and a single signature, hand sewn into place.
The idea of this workshop is to give you an idea of what skills are involved, and how you could make your own personalised version at home. All materials and tools are supplied, and places for this date are filling up!
On the 21st June we've scheduled a fabric covered book workshop, which is to made a book as seen in the photo below. You start with a piece of fabric, a piece of beautiful paper, some card stock, artist paper and thread - and you finish with a multi-signature hand bound hard cover book. Voila!
If you are interested in doing the workshops, drop into the Julia Street Creative Space (old Arts Company) in Julia Street Portland to sign up. They are taking names of anyone who can't make those dates - or please get in touch with me here.
We are looking to do repeat workshops, as well as introduce some specialised projects with upcycled and artist books.
Exciting times ahead!