Time well spent preparing for my workshop on Embossing. It is quite hard to photograph embossing to make it stand out as it should. I hope that all of the participants enjoy embossing as much as I do.
Oh well, isn't there a saying, better late than never. It has only been nearly eight years since Emma was married. This piece is a circular list of people attending her wedding. Finished finally! I was prompted by my sudden interest in map making which made me remember my first attempt at map making for Emma's wedding which in turn prompted me to remember Emma's guest list. So pleased to have finished it and it is now winging its way to her.
Although we have only watched one of the episodes of 'War on Waste', the show has really focused our attention on what we do every day and how much plastic we use.
I made these bags (very light weight) to cut down on the number of plastic bags we get at the supermarket and the markets. They are the same size as the plastic bags we used to use for fruit and vegetables. The sewing is a bit dodgy but the functionality is just fine.
We have had only positive reactions to them with most shopkeepers saying what a good idea it is.
When I attended a gestural writing workshop run by the Canberra Calligraphy Society I found it difficult to "let go" sufficiently to create broad free strokes with my pens. I suspect that I have done too much traditional calligraphy to find this easy.
In my last post I showed an example of Keith Smith's decorative spine stitching. This made me very interested in what else I could do with this type of bookbinding. From there I bought several of Keith's books from his website. Keith replied to me very quickly and sent the books the very next day. What a lovely experience.
From one of the books I attempted the caterpillar stitch (not really a caterpillar - too many legs) but you get the idea. I love it. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. I will experiment with a caterpillar that is a bit more lively next time.
On Saturday I attended a fabulous bookbinding event put on by the Canberra Craft Bookbinders' Guild. Vicki and Nicky guided us lucky participants through the techniques of making a case bound book that opens flat with decorative stitching on the spine. The decorative stitching is from one of Keith Smith's bookbinding manuals.
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.
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.
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.
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