The Studio on a Sunday

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Today in the studio, I’m finalizing details and such for a really exciting lineup of summer/fall workshops!!

For all those who’ve exhausted the options I offer and have taken ALL my classes (you know who you are!!) I’m happy to announce that there are some new classes coming soon!    There will be some slightly more advanced/intermediate classes.  So now’s the time to whip out your bookbinding tools and brush up!!

To keep an eye on my growing list of upcoming workshops, go here.

The Studio on a Sunday (on a Monday)

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The last few days I’ve been working on swag for this year’s Toronto Etsy Street Team’s Midsummer Market!!  If you’re one of the first 50 people through the door, you’ll get an awesome swag bag filled with goodies from local makers!

This year is a bit different, there’ll be an outside space AND an inside space, at the gorgeous Campbell House.  I’ll be inside, keeping my paper goods safe from the elements, but be sure to stop by and check it all out!

Bonus Tip: The show is right by Osgoode Subway station, so convenient!!

The Studio on a Sunday (on a Monday)

CollageItEvery time I’ve written a ‘Studio Sunday’ blog post, it’s been from this studio (pictured above).  Yes, it’s now totally empty.  Yes, we’ve moved!!

I don’t have any photos of the new space as we’re still amongst many boxes and other moving paraphernalia.  I’m still savouring that new-space joy and taking my time to unpack, putting things in thoughtful places.  But soon enough I’ll share some images of this lovely, sunshine-filled, creative space.

In the meantime, I plan to start up regular blog posts again!  Current and exciting news is coming your way!!

The Studio on a Sunday

photo 2_fotorToday was a workshop day!  I taught the Sampler Bookbinding Workshop over at Graven Feather.  Students learned three different binding techniques and left with as many finished sample books!

If you missed this one, don’t fret!  The next workshop is in a week, on Sunday April 17.  For details and to register, go here.

**Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway contest over on Instagram!  Today’s the last day to enter!!  Go here to learn the rules and enter!!

The Studio on a Sunday

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If you’ve been following along, you know that April is a busy month for Sprouts Press.  There are many shows and workshops happening, everyone seems to love journaling and sketching this time of the year.

So, today I’ve been working on a new batch of Adventure Journals, just for this month’s shows: Makeology and the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair!!  If you don’t know about these shows, just click the ‘Shows‘ tab along the top menu bar of my site to learn more.

Hope to see you soon!

The Studio on a Sunday (On a Monday)

photo 5-5On Sunday I was in a different studio, out of the city, teaching my craft to a lovely group of folks!  This is the Guelph School of Art, and it is one fun place to teach!  To the left is a wall (yes, a wall) of art supplies for every type of art imaginable!  To the right you can just make out the drying rack for printmaking and other 2D art that might need to lay flat to dry. And those windows!  Letting in all that natural light!!photo 1-70_fotor

This was a coptic binding workshop and everyone left with a finished project.  Covers they designed and collaged, then bound into a nice little hardcover book using the coptic stitch.  As I tell everyone who takes my classes: if you want to retain what you’ve learned, make another book within 1 week.  Practice makes perfect!!

I have more workshops coming up, the next one is this sunday here in Toronto at Graven Feather.  Take a look at the Workshops section of my site for details, more are in the works and will be announced shortly!

Leap!

This is a Studio on a Sunday (on a Monday) post, with a theme: Leap! (because it’s February 29, get it??)
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If you’ve followed along here for a while, you’ll know that our Spring 2016 workshop programming is moving along, with some new classes being offered in addition to the favourites.  This weekend was no exception, as the Arrow Stitch Workshop took place at Graven Feather on Sunday.

Getting to the theme of this post, Leap, I wanted to take a moment to say a big Thank You to everyone who comes out to my workshops.  There are quite a few people new to bookbinding that come out to try their hand at this craft.

While it’s fun and exciting, I realize that it can also be a bit daunting at first.  I’m always so proud when, at the end of class, everybody takes a step back and admires the handiwork and craftsmanship they might not have known they were capable of.  To me, this is taking a leap; to trust yourself and your abilities.  Maybe it isn’t bookbinding for everyone, maybe something else, but taking a leap and learning about yourself (ourselves) is always rewarding and so worth it!  Thank you!

To learn more about Sprouts Press workshops, go here.

The Studio on a Sunday

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Today in the studio I’m working on some Mini Book Necklaces for a retailer.  They’re tiny, functional, beautiful and inspirational.  They are designed to keep your hopes and dreams close to your heart.  And, of course, they’re made from reclaimed materials.

To read more about these little gems, and other book jewellery I make, check out a previous blog post here.

The Studio on a Sunday

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This weekend I’ve been working on putting together materials for some new items!  This is just a sneak peek after a photoshoot late last week.  Stay tuned next week for more info and to see the full items!!  Till then, happy Sunday!

Studio Sunday (on a monday)

Yesterday I taught a lovely and talented group of folks the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique.  It was my first workshop of the year, and I’m so pleased with everyone’s eagerness to learn a new skill, the results were fantastic!IMG_0637_fotorIf you missed this one and want to join in the fun, check out the other upcoming workshops below.  (Yesterdays class will be repeated on March 13 at Graven Feather here in Toronto).  There are classes all across Southern Ontario, read on to see if there’s one near you!  I also teach a few different bindings, so if you’ve taken one and enjoyed it, why not keep up your skills and take another?  As they say; practice makes perfect!

To see a the full list of workshops, with descriptions, updated as new dates are added, go here.

Creative Coptic Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday February 21, 2016.  10am – 5pm
Where: CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward Street, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

When: Sunday February 28, 1pm – 4pm & Sunday April 17, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.
Hard Cover Coptic Bookbinding Workshop

When: Sunday March 6, 2016. 10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham St. North. Guelph, Ontario.
For more information and to register, go here.
Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday March 13, 1pm – 4pm.
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.