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.

Last Weekend for the Bees Gallery Show!

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It’s the last weekend of this year’s Bees (& the Birds) show at Graven Feather!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it, definitely go!  Last day is this sunday!!

Bonus: 10% of all proceeds go towards helping the bees via the David Suzuki Foundation!!

For show information, go here.

Bees (& the Birds) Opening Reception

Join me this thursday evening at Graven Feather to celebrate the opening of our group show: Bees (& the Birds)!!  I’ll have some different pieces in this show (tiny paintings, not book works) and I’m so excited to show them!  opening-beesThere are 38 artists in total, and we’ve gathered in support of bees (and pollinators).  This is why 10% of all show proceeds go to helping the bees, via the David Suzuki Foundation.

Opening reception is 6pm – 9pm at Graven Feather, 906 Queen St. West, Toronto.

For more information, see the facebook event page here.

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!!

Sampler Bookbinding Workshop *NEW*

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Good news for folks learning the craft of hand bookbinding with me: I’ve got a brand new workshop being offered at Graven Feather!

It’s a Sampler Workshop!  This means I’ll be teaching three different bindings, and we’ll be focusing on the technique rather than making a ‘pretty’ finished project.  I’ve chosen fairly straightforward, easy to remember bindings that lend themselves well to projects you might want to make on your own, at home.  These are good bindings to help build your bookbinding repertoire.

What: Sampler Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday April 10, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

The Longstitch/Linkstitch Technique

Spend a sunday afternoon learning this gorgeous bookbinding stitch and make your own journal!  IMG_0637_fotor_fotor
I’ll be at Graven Feather this sunday teaching a bookbinding workshop; everyone will learn the tools of the trade, make their own cover and bind it all into a journal to take home.  If this sounds like fun to you, click the link below for details and to register.

What: Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop (see picture for examples)
When: Sunday March 13, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather, 906 Queen St. West, Toronto
*Appropriate for beginners and those wanting to brush up on their bookbinding skills.

To learn more about this workshop and to register, please go here.

Can’t make it on Sunday?  No prob, I’ve got more workshops coming up!  Go to the Workshops section of my site for details.

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.

Arrow Stitch Bookbinding Workshop!

Have you been watching the flurry of bookbinding workshops I’ve been hosting, wishing you were participating and learning how to make your own books? 
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Good news!  This sunday is the next one; Arrow Stitch Bookbinding Workshop (see picture) and it’s here in the city!  We’ll be making the hardcover version, and then learning how to stitch it all together.

To learn more & register, go here.  (Only a couple of spots left!)

Upcoming Book Binding Workshops!

photo-12_fotor_fotorBesides making my own journals and offering them for sale, I also teach my craft at various galleries and art centres across Southern Ontario!  Below is a list of what’s coming up.  *Please note that ‘Creative Coptic Bookbinding Workshop’ at CBBAG is now full, but I’m offering a variation of it at the Guelph School of Art, on March 6 of this year.

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.

Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Journal Workshop
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.

January Bookbinding Workshop!

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I’m kicking off the 2016 workshop season on January 24, with the Longstitch/Linkstitch class.  Join me and learn to how to make a book from scratch, leaving with your very own, hand crafted journal!

What: Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday January 24, 1pm – 4pm & Sunday March 13, 1pm – 4pm.
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.