Wordless Wednesday 15.08.18

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Ex Libris!

I’m so excited for a NEW workshop!!  It’s a bit different than my usual classes, but every bit as fun and rewarding.

Learn how to design, create, and print your own Ex Libris bookplate! In this workshop students will learn basic relief printing techniques, using 3″ x 3″ softoleum blocks and lino cutting tools. Simple designs will be encouraged for beginners. Then students will print their blocks in a small edition of 10, in one colour, creating the perfect adornment for their book collection!

When: Sunday March 25, 2018. 10am – 5pm
Where: Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw St., Unit 102, Toronto.

For more information & to register, please go here.

Wunderkammer Show

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This past saturday was the opening for the group show I’m in: Wunderkammer: The Cabinet of Curiosity.  It was curated by the Captain of the Toronto Etsy Street Team and all pieces included are of a science/nature theme.  I’m so proud to have one of my artists books (and paintings!) alongside so many other talented makers.  Scroll through the photos for a quick sampling of the work on display.

Image: Ele Willoughby

Image: Ele Willoughby

If you weren’t able to make the opening, don’t worry!  The show runs from now till May 28 at The Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery, 906 Queen St West, Toronto

Show hours are:
Tuesdays: 11 am – 4 pm
Wednesdays through Sundays: noon to 6 pm

For more information and to see the website, go here.

Wordless Wednesday 16.12.15

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Painted Notebooks

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Today I’m reflecting on one of my favourite projects to date; the painted journeys journal!P5231007_fotorThese journals are a combination of painting, printmaking and bookbinding.  I’ve written about the joys of creating in multiples and mixing mediums before on this post, but I haven’t talked about all three series together.

It all started with the set of pink journals in the bottom left corner, these were my first foray into this series.  It was a lovely afternoon of painting, printing and then bookbinding.  After they all found new homes (excepting the one I saved for myself as a photo prop) I wanted more!  Then the blue series happened!  This time, I made a different shape and size, and used the off cuts to make cute little mini books, which is all I have left of this series.  Lastly, the most recent are the Journeys Journals in brown.  Inspired by a not-so-Canadian winter that left my snow boots more muddy than icy.  I plan to write a more detailed account of these books, so stay tuned for that.  In the meantime, you can take a look at the Journeys Journal in the Artist’s Books section of my Etsy shop, there are a couple left.

I’ve enjoyed working on these books as they develop in slightly different directions with each series.  I switched up the binding for the blue series, but went back to the Japanese Stab Binding for the Journeys Journals.  I really appreciate the construction of the matchbook cover and the geometric shapes created by the stitching.

Mothers Day Gift Collection No.2

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A couple of weeks ago I put together a collection of items for Moms who love to draw and sketch.  With Mother’s day just around the corner, I’ve got another group of items perfect for the mom who loves to read books, collect books, make books and everything in between!DSC_0684_fotorI’ve tailored this collection to inspire people who love books, but might not necessarily write or draw in them.  This is a group of items for the book lover, the collector and the art appreciator.

From the top left, clockwise:
Starburst Journal in Garden Sage: Sage colored bookcloth adorns the spine and showcases the spine stitching, with green and brown floral covers.  Makes a perfect garden journal or outdoor adventure album.  More details.

Mini Book Necklace: A cute little handbound journal made from reclaimed leather!  Opens and you can write in it, keeping your ideas and dreams close to your heart.  More details.

DIY Bookbinding Kit: For the person who already has everything; give them a new skill!  Beginner kit teaches the basics of bookbinding and comes with everything you need: materials, tools and step-by-step instructions.  Various colours available.  More details.

Red Florentine Starburst Journal: A lively and bold journal perfect for recipes, special memories or someone who loves the colour red!  (any fellow leos out there?)  Because the spine is wide, there’s enough room to adhere papers to the pages, like some photos or recipe cards in your grandmother’s handwriting.  More details.

Queen Anne’s Lace on Linen: A perfect catch-all, coin purse or beach pouch.  Hand drawn images of thistles are screenprinted onto brown linen.  More details.

Ex Libris Bookplates in Green: For the book collector!  A stylish way to label your books and build your library.  Hand printed in various colours and self-adhesive, comes in a set of 4.  More details.

 

 

An Artists Book

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A couple of days ago I wrote a post about my feature in Uppercase magazine.  Today I’m going to talk about the piece that made it happen, an artist’s book titled “O2”.DSC_0707

O2 is an artist’s book about oxygen. While it is not in-depth, scientifically, it is colourful, enjoyable and beautiful.DSC_0724This project started as a drawing study of the beautiful cell formations of oxygen-producing organisms and their structures. This triggered a curiosity about their function and history, which in turn led to the creation of this artists’ book from accumulated images and information.
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This piece is also a labour of love, created entirely by hand.  All the paper is my own handmade paper, made exclusively for this project.  All images are my own, which I transferred and hand relief-printed.  I also wrote all the text, based on my research, which I then screenprinted.  And finally, I hand bound each book, completing this project and turning the prints into an art object, an artist’s book.

Hand printed in a limited edition of 9 books, there are only a couple of copies left.  To read more, see them in my Etsy shop here.

Wordless Wednesday 22.04.15

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Handkerchiefs

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It’s allergy season here in Toronto, and who knows where else!  Time to ditch the tissues and get some reusable, eco-friendly, handmade Hay Fever Hankies!!  For a bit of wit, I’ve printed each hand sewn hanky with an image of a plant that causes allergies.  You can choose from: Ragweed, Timothy/Hay or Crowsfoot!

Hayfever Hankies are on sale in my Etsy shop, here.  Or in person at Freedom Clothing Collective on Bloor St West here in Toronto.

Spring Time Collaboration

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Introducing the Spring Gift Pack from Graven Feather:
il_570xN.750167387_o8shI am so proud to announce that my Quick Notes notebooks in gold are a part of these gorgeous sets!  They are curated by Graven Feather and showcase the work of a few local artisans and shops.  (and did I mention how beautiful they are??)il_570xN.750038598_7kxb

Housed in handmade paper from Paperhouse Studio here in Toronto, Graven Feather printed on the reverse and hand crafted each folder.  Inside you’ll find all sorts of goodies including one of my handbound gold notebooks, as pictured above.
il_570xN.750041456_5koz Inside you’ll also find a pen from Articulations and several other printed goodies!  (I’m not spilling the beans on the rest of the contents – you’ll just have to get your own to find out!)il_570xN.750165361_pg84 When secured shut (gorgeous!!) it’s the perfect place to keep your cherished ephemera and paper treasures.  The Spring Gift Pack also makes the perfect gift for Mothers day or a special birthday or anyday!