After a very slow start I have finally managed to design and finish a number of Christmas Cards. This is better than previous years when I haven't done any at all. I am using my favourite Neuland script.
I spent a lovely day a couple of weekends ago at a workshop run by the Canberra Bookbinders' Guild. The workshop was Gelli Printing and concertina bindings.
Gelli printing is essentially mono-printing without a press. It can give some very exciting results.
After much doing and undoing, I have finally finished binding the conference notes from the Australian National Conference of Bookbinders.
I chose to use the binding invented by Anne Goy. She apparently called it Criss Cross binding but it is universally known as Secret Belgian Binding. I chose it because the pages lay out flat when the book is opened. This is useful as there are many pages with instructions and this binding allows easy access to the information.
We followed many different instructions and after many wrong turns have a finished bound book. I learnt a lot in the process. Like most things, I should immediately produce another to consolidate my learning but I will probably flit onto something different.
I am back blogging after a lovely vacation and then a not so lovely bout of sickness that kept me in bed for quite some time. It is nice to be functioning almost properly again.
I attended a workshop run by the Canberra Calligraphy Society last weekend (or maybe the weekend before.) The workshop was based on a SSIW workshop run by Marina Soria. Marina is a very talented Argentinian calligrapher and textile designer.
Marina called her workshop "Empty Space: Womb of Shape". She included a quote from Lao Tzu to underline her meaning of how to treat empty space.
"We mould clay to make pottery, but it is in the empty space where the utility of the jug resides, therefore we should take equal advantage of what it is, just as we recognise the usefulness of what it is not." Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, XI.
I made my finished piece into an accordion book structure.
Nothing I like more than messing around with paper and the Witches Broom. Many thanks to Carol for having me over for the day and to Olive for teaching Carol the Witches Broom 'technique'. These pages (I think) will be turned into a book. Look for them later in the year.
I belong to a sewing circle that meets once a month. They are a lovely group of women.
Sewing is not one of my greatest skills but seeing that I am a participant in the sewing circle I thought that it might be nice to actually do some sewing. This particular project has been going for as long as I have been a part of the sewing circle. It is finally starting to take shape. Sewing this type of quilt is very time consuming but really shouldn't take a couple of years.
First hexagon shapes need to be cut out of paper. The material is then cut out a little larger and sewn to the paper. These shapes are sewn together.
Initially I just put the hexagons together without really thinking of a plan for the entire quilt. This led to much unpicking and annoyance at the whole process.
I then put them together in a much more ordered way and it seems to be working out. It may get finished after all.
This piece was inspired by a workshop conducted by Massimo Polello. I have called it Progression as a bit of a play on words as the piece is essentially musical but also looks like boats sailing.
As usual, I forgot to photograph it before I framed it and in addition to that I also forgot to photograph before I took it out to the Strathnairn Art Gallery and Shop. As a consequence there are reflections visible.
A lovely day spent with Carol making matchbox boxes and little accordion books to go inside. It is surprising how long they take to make. They do make a nice little present though.
During the week the lovely Bev generously showed Carol and me what I call making book cloth. Bev had previously taught me this but I hadn't taken notes and as a consequence could not remember the whole procedure. It can be used to cover hand made books.
Bev also shared with us some of her beautiful hand made books. Very inspiring.
We hung our paper up to dry but I think that if you had time and room it would be acceptable to dry them flat.
Bev advised that when they were dry we needed to board them a little and then iron them. I have not yet done that.
I had wanted to create something cheerful and bright. My initial reaction to my paper was that it was too bright and rather garish. In attempting to make it more subdued I risked making holes in my book cloth so I left it.
When it dried the colours were lovely and more muted - exactly what I wanted. That is something to remember.
Thanks again Bev.
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