Sketchbooks are a hit!
From Open Studios to Mazey Day…
Thank you to all of my visitors who made Open Studios such a success! It was a pleasure to meet so many lovely people from both near and far, and I really enjoyed talking to you all. I am looking forward to seeing some of you again at my forthcoming workshops. I’m now busy producing new stock for The Makers’ Market at The Exchange in Penzance on Mazey Day, Saturday 29th June. Opening hours are 10.00-17.00 and entry is free.
Myths and Legends
I recently received a commission to repair and bring back to life this much loved volume of Myths and Legends. I had to remove the case in order to repair the spine at the top and bottom with new bookcloth, and also reinforce the spine inside. I then moved on to repair some small tears to the dust jacket, and finished off by re-casing in the block. The book is now in the press for 24 hours to dry out before being returned to the Cram family, so that the next generation will be able to enjoy their bedtime stories.
Cornwall Open Studios
It’s not long to go now until I open my doors for Open Studios. I will be welcoming visitors on Saturday 25 – Monday 27 May and Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June, 11am – 5pm. As well as my full range of journals, address books, sketchbooks, boxes and greetings cards, I will be showing some of my paper art.
Two Mullion Cove artists, Janet Judge and Sue Templeman, are also taking part, and studios in Cury, Lizard and other nearby locations will be open – look out for the orange ‘O’! Tea and cake will be available in my garden, so why not come on over and make a day of it. Full details can be found online at www.openstudioscornwall.co.uk or in the Open Studios Cornwall catalogue.
After two lively sessions teaching beginners’ bookbinding in my neighbour’s studio last week, I spent an enjoyable day on Saturday teaching a workshop at my home in Mullion. We tackled a multi-section, A5 journal with a cloth spine and Japanese Chiyogami paper. It’s always interesting to meet new people, and the topics of conversation around the table included Methodist chapels in Cornwall, forgery and the Bank of England, Japanese culture, publishing and life histories.
Finished at last
Bookbinding has taken a back seat recently, as I was determined to finish this patchwork quilt that I started almost three years ago. The fabric was from a bag of old duvet covers donated by a friend. It is mostly machine sewn, but I have hand sewn the quilting patterns in feather and noughts and crosses around the border. I just love the hot oranges and pinks offset with Mediterranean blues!
Last two places!
There are just two places left on my Introduction to Bookbinding workshop, to be held on Saturday 27 April. See workshops page for full details.
I’ve been having some fun lately experimenting with marbling paper. I love the way the results are so unexpected – it’s hard to gauge exactly what you are going to see when you do the ‘reveal’. I’m looking forward to doing some more soon, trying different techniques and colour combinations.
In the meantime, the papers shown below will be used to cover my next batch of blank journals.
Vibrant African fabrics
These three journals have just been added my Etsy store. The fabric used for the covers is 100% cotton, printed with bold, traditional, African designs. The paper inside is a high quality, 120gsm, cream cartridge paper, suitable for most types of media.
Small blank journals, quarter bound with bookcloth and printed African cotton
Etsy store now open
My Etsy store is now up and running and open for business, just in time to buy a special Valentine’s day gift. There is a small selection available at the moment, but I will be adding more stock over the next few weeks. Keep checking! In the meantime, if you have a specific request for a book or box, please contact me.
Down on the beach
The New Year is bringing new changes and I have decided to open an Etsy shop for online buying. It will be called BooksnBoxesShop and I hope to be up and running very soon. Please watch this space!
If you have a particular request in mind, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss it with you. A recent commission is this Baedeker’s Guide to Southern Italy c1880s. It was much loved but in a rather sorry state, with loose pages, a broken spine and a damaged front cover. The owner was delighted with the repair, ‘It’s great to have my book resurrected’