We created some pieces for Christmas market exhibitions in local galleries. Artemis had some jewellery and I made mini notebooks, hand bound journals and textile jewellery. We also included things we’d made previously.
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We spent a lovely day hanging out with Meg in her warm and inviting space, enjoying fresh from the garden home cooking, as well as chatting and brainstorming about paper making and bookbinding for future workshops. I walked her through Coptic stitch binding so she could get a feel for it. Once you have figured out the pattern, the process isn’t that complicated and, as they say, practice makes perfect.
I’m not sure when I made my first book, do simple childhood ones count? I’ve loved letter writing, stationery and creative writing for as long as I can remember. I experimented with paper making and bookbinding at uni, but it was during the time of our creative writing association Amotissé in France, that I became serious and began some bookbinding courses.
Exposed stitch bindings are my favourites. I had long admired Coptic bound books, so learning the technique was exciting and I have made a few since. I am slowly teaching myself other bindings, scouring and collecting resources and playing around with textured mixed media covers. There will definitely be more to come.
As experimenting continues with paper making, rhythm is also finding its way back to some kind of regular flow.
After a few weeks of dreary listlessness, it is comforting to feel my creative energy re-emerge.
A little wallowing is normal, nice and even healthy but I like it less when it lingers.
It is the 1st of December, Bella, our faithful pooch, is 6 today and the silly season has arrived...nah, silliness reigns as a steady constant these days. Summer has arrived and I can smell the holidays.
Am up late listening to the 1980’s Australian special on RAGE, some good and not so good clips...whilst playing with paper, making envelopes and letter sets.
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.