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Open Studios update

With only two weeks to go until the start of this year’s Open Studios, I have been busy in my workshop, making sure I have plenty of new and exciting stock to show. For those of you who may be planning to visit Potager Garden on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th August and Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th September, please be aware that the cafe is operating a strict bookings only policy. Weather permitting, drinks and cakes will be available in the garden on Monday 31st, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd.

You do not have to book to visit the studio, but we do ask that all visitors wear face masks and comply with the social distancing measures that will be in place. There will be a one way system through the studio and visitors will be encouraged to use the hand sanitiser that will be provided before entering.

Cornwall Open Studios 2020

I am delighted to announce that this event has been rescheduled and will now be taking place from Saturday 29th August to Sunday 6th September 2020. My work will be on display in the studio at Potager Garden, High Cross, Constantine, and visitors will be welcome every day between 11am to 5pm. Plans are currently underway to make sure that appropriate safety measures will be in place. Further details to follow.

Inspire Makers

It’s great to see that the Inspire Makers shop is now open. Vicki has created a beautiful, contemporary space filled with quality hand-crafted products, showcasing the work of local makers. I am thrilled to be included! Well worth a visit to 5 High Street, Falmouth.

New exclusive range

Today I delivered some stock of books, boxes, cards and bookmarks to Inspire Makers, an exciting new shop that will be opening in Falmouth in early June. This is an exclusive range as everything has been made using my own hand marbled papers. I hope to be running some bookbinding workshops there later in the year if circumstances permit.

Cornwall Open Studios 2020

As a result of the impact of Covid 19, Open Studios Cornwall 2020 which was scheduled for between 23rd and 31st May has been cancelled for the time being. The event might be rescheduled for later in the year and further information will available in due course.

Bookbinding workshops

Due to the current coronavirus lockdown, I am not yet setting dates for my bookbinding workshops.

Back to work

It felt good to be back at work in my studio this week. My first job of the year was this commission for a Solander box, which I have covered with black bookcloth and an Art Deco design paper. It is now on its way to Cambridge, to protect a precious volume from light and dust.

I am often asked how the Solander box came by its name. The story is fascinating….

It is named after the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander (1733-1782) who is credited with its construction while working at the British Museum, where he catalogued the natural history collection between 1763 and 1782. Solander accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the Endeavour. He was one of the botanists who inspired the name Botanist Bay (which later became Botany Bay) for the first landing place of Cook’s expedition in Australia. The Solander, also known as a clamshell case, is a book-form case and is still used in archives and libraries for storing manuscripts, maps, prints, documents, and old and fragile books.

The year ahead….

During this quiet, post-Christmas period, after an extremely busy December, I have been taking time out from bookbinding to recharge my batteries and to attend to some much needed home maintenance!

I have also been making plans for the year ahead and am looking forward to taking part in Cornwall Open Studios in May. Rather than exhibit on my own in Mullion, I will be showing my work in the studio at Potager Garden High Cross, Constantine, alongside other artists and makers.

I will be posting dates for bookbinding workshops at my home in Mullion later in the year – please keep checking here for details. In the meantime, I would be happy to arrange a workshop for friends, family or colleagues at a different venue. Please contact me for further details.

Remember, my etsy shop has small selection of books and boxes available all year round, and I am happy to discuss commissions if you have a special request in mind.

Christmas Makers Market

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st, 10 am to 5 pm

This event at Potager Garden will be my final market of the year. As well as my booksnboxes stall, there will other fantastic makers from around Cornwall. Why not pop along for some last minute Christmas shopping, and treat yourself to something tasty from the cafe while you’re there!

Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair

Christmas Markets

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Pencarrow House Christmas fair at the weekend and made the event such a success. The Georgian home of the Molesworth family made a spectacular backdrop to this festive occasion. My sketchbooks covered in hand marbled papers proved to be very popular and I am busy making more in readiness for my next event. This will be closer to home at The Exchange in Penzance, where I hope to see customers old and new.

  • November 30 Makers’ Market at The Exchange, Penzance
  • December 7- 8 Trevenson Moor Christmas Market, Tehidy, Camborne
  • December 14 – 15 Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair, Penryn
  • December 20 – 21 Potager Garden Christmas Makers Market

Last workshop of the year

All set up and ready for my recent Repair and Rebind workshop

The topics covered in the workshop included learning about the structure of a book, how to tip-in endpapers, how to use Japanese repair tissue, how to deal with creases and tears, and what sort of glues to use. I was delighted to receive some very positive feedback –

“The introductory workshop on bookbinding and repair was excellent. While being thoroughly enjoyable and interesting, it also proved to be very good from an educational perspective – I really did feel that I learned a lot about the subject. (The tea and cake was very good too.) I do now feel that, once I have sourced a few basic tools and materials, I would be able to make a start on my own, which is a fine result from a one-day workshop. You also very kindly helped point us in the direction of possible suppliers, which really helps.” Dave L

“Thank you for the fantastic workshop last Saturday. I had a
lovely day and learnt lots! As someone who knew absolutely nothing it was
quite a steep learning curve but I have typed up the notes I took and will
have a go. “
Rosie.G

I will be running further workshops in the new year. Look out for dates.

Back to work!

For the last four weeks I have taken a break from bookbinding and have had a wonderful time touring northern Spain in my campervan. I’ve been sketching all along the way and have posted some of them on my Instagram feed. Saturday saw me back at work and running a workshop from home. There is only one more workshop left to run this year, on Saturday 9 November, in which I will be teaching how to repair and rebind a book. Two places are still available. Click on the workshops tab for further details.

Future events

As the summer holidays are nearly over and the nights are drawing in, my thoughts are turning towards Christmas! I am hard at work replenishing my stock of books and boxes, which I will be selling at several events leading up to the festive season. Confirmed dates so far include:

  • November 16 – 17 Pencarrow Christmas Fair, Bodmin
  • November 30 Makers’ Market at The Exchange, Penzance
  • December 7- 8 Trevenson Moor Christmas Market, Tehidy, Camborne
  • December 14 – 15 Jubilee Wharf Christmas Fair, Penryn
  • December 20 – 21 Potager Garden Christmas Makers Market

Keep checking here for further details.

Sunday 25 August – Makers Market at Potager Garden

I will be joining a group of local artists and crafts people for a Makers Market in the greeenhouse at the glorious Potager Garden, High Cross, Constantine. It will be a chilled Sunday evening of chatting, oohing and aahing, finding treasure for your home, your mums home, your cats birthday etc. The bar will be open serving hot, cold and alcoholic beverages.

Others taking part include printmakers Flavia Pinto, Meg Fatharly, Sonja Burniston and Jane Ziemacki ; Madeline Kemsley with her embroidered homeware, jewellery from Pearl Love, Rare Bear and Alice Mallinson; artwork from Julia Sheills; paper craft and string bowls from Kerry Burniston; furniture from Carl Austin; metalwork from Rebecca Walklett; bakes from Jonah Myers and curious little men from Cat Myers…

Hope to see you there!

Two recent commissions

My lovely neighbour’s recipe book was falling apart, and when she came to visit me during Open Studio she decided that it was time to treat herself to a new one. She chose the hand marbled paper and matching bookcloth spine from my collection.

I received a commission for a visitor book whilst at the The Exchange in Penzance on Mazey Day. The hotel is situated right in the middle of the map that I used for the front cover.

Workshop change of date

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances I have had to change the date of my October workshop (Make a Hardback Book) from Saturday 26th to Saturday 19th. Apologies for any inconvenience. Places are still available so please contact me if you would like to attend.

Sketchbooks are a hit!

My new range of landscape format sketchbooks were snapped up at Saturday’s Meet the Makers’ Market.
I will be making more of them for my Etsy store.

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.

Bookbinding workshops

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!

Learn how to make your own A5 multi-section blank journal

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.

Marbling magic

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

Spent this morning on the beach at Poldhu, taking photos of a selection of books for the new etsy store. Enjoyed a mug of coffee from the wonderful Poldhu cafe before moving on to Mullion Cove for some more photos.

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!

Commissions welcome

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’