Thank you to all the lovely and friendly people who came along to attend the first of the scheduled bookbinding workshops which I'll be continuing to host at the Wellers Hill Art Hub from now until (hopefully) well into 2016.
During the afternoon workshop (held on the 27th September), the class participants each handbound themselves a softcover leather notebook using the traditional Cross-structure binding technique.
Some ladies brought along their own 'feature' papers to include in their books - vintage storybook pages, patterned papers, colourful scrapbooking papers, even some delectable deckle-edged handmade papers. Mixing these with the various options of leather colours and thread colours, led to some really lovely results!
To every workshop I always take along a good selection of sample books I've made, not only to help illustrate what the end result will look like, but also to inspire and suggest further ways to be creative beyond the basic bookbinding style being shown.
I find one of the most exciting aspects of bookbinding is its vast potential for explore and create variations using an almost infinite assortment of materials, colours, sizes, shapes and styles. Once you grasp the basic techniques of binding together a book, the sky really is the limit!
For instance, one of the sample books I made up ready for the workshop, incorporated a myriad of patterned papers (sourced from an old Marrimekko catalogue!), gold foil, translucent pink pages, and even some pages made from fine linen fabric. The leather covers were a vivid cherry-red, hand embroidered with a simple motif drawn from one of the pages bound inside the book. And a candy-pink bookbinding thread was used to bind the whole thing together. It was such fun to create!
I also created an A5 sized version of the same cross-structure binding, to show how easy it is to scale up to a bigger size. This sample used plum-coloured leather for the covers, chocolate-brown thread, and cartridge drawing paper inside (with a handful of interesting 'feature' pages too) which makes a wonderful journal for writing or sketching. It might just become my own next journal!
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For anyone interested in attending future workshops, please feel free to send me an email at:
and I'll add you to the mailout list for announcements about newly scheduled workshops.
For more info about the Wellers Hill Arts Hub, run by BVAC over at Tarragindi, you can visit their website here. And for more info about the Qld Bookbinders Guild (of which I am a member!), please visit their website here. I'll be hosting bookbinding workshops through both these organisations throughout 2016, so stay tuned, and if there's a particular style of bookbinding you're extra keen to learn please email me and we can discuss!
NEXT SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS:
> Coptic bookbinding, 1st November 2015, 1-5pm, Wellers Hill Arts Hub. $80/person
> Three miniature books (pamphlet, accordion, mini leatherbound book), 22nd November 2015, 1-5pm, Wellers Hill Arts Hub. $80/person
Let me know if you'd like to make a booking for either of these workshops coming up :)