Road Trip to Guelph

Look at these beautiful hand bound, hand painted journals!  This is what students made at Sunday’s workshop at the Guelph School of Art; Painted Longstitch/Linkstitch journals.  If you’ve never been, this is a gorgeous, light filled studio on the 3rd floor of Wyndham Art Supplies in the heart of Guelph.

A big Thank You to everyone at Guelph School of Art, it’s always a pleasure teaching there.

If you missed out and want to join the bookbinding fun, I have more workshops coming up over the next couple of months.  Go here to see what’s next.


Sprouts Press goes to Guelph!

I’ll be teaching a bookbinding class at the Guelph School of Art in a couple of weeks!  Join me on Sunday, March 4 and learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique!

We’ll go over decorating paper for covers (as pictured above) and then dive into bookbinding.  Suitable for beginners or those who’ve tried bookbinding before.

For more information & to register (only a couple spots left!), please go here.

Coptic Bookbinding Workshop!

Join me this sunday for a coptic bookbinding workshop in Guelph!  (details below photo)

What: Coptic Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday January 15, 2017  10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham Street North, Guelph

For more information and to register, go here.

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!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday!)

Yesterday was my last bookbinding workshop for 2015!  I’m so happy with the response these classes have received, and how eager people in learning to make their own handbound books!!photo 3_fotorWith that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that there are some new workshops for 2016!  I’ve kept everyone’s favourites and added a couple of new classes (and a new location!) to the roster.  While you don’t have to have any prior bookbinding experience to take my classes, they are great chance to dust off your bookbinding skills and get a refresher in technique.

Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday January 24, 1pm – 4pm & Sunday March 13, 1pm – 4pm.
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto

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

When: Sunday February 21, 2016.  10am – 5pm
Where: CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward Street, Toronto
When: Sunday March 6, 2016. 10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham St. North. Guelph, Ontario.
Pro Tip: Workshops are a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list, especially if you plan a day of it and take the class together!  (Most of my Toronto workshops start at 1pm, why not go for brunch and then a class?)

Bookbinding in Autumn

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I’m pleased to announce that the Fall schedule of bookbinding workshops is now published on my site!  I’m excited by the mix of different classes and can’t wait to share more with you!

photo 3_fotorThings you can learn:
-How to make your own hard cover journal from scratch, using traditional bookmaking methods!!
-How to deconstruct discarded library books and bind them into new, unique journals!  (bonus: this class happens AT the library!!)
-How to decorate your own paper and then craft it into a one of a kind journal!!

For more information, locations and pricing, please go to the Workshops tab along the top menu bar.  Hope to see you there!!


Workshops, workshops!

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The low-down on late spring workshops, in case you’re someone who likes to plan ahead.

Bookbinding Workshop (Today!)
Sunday June 7, 10am – 4pm
Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham St. North, Guelph
For more information, go here.

Bookmaking Workshop
Sunday June 14, 1pm – 4pm
Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
For more information and to register, go here.

Hard Cover Arrow-Stitch Journal Workshop
Saturday June 27, 10am – 1pm
Graven Feather, 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Guelph School of Art

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Introducing a new bookbinding workshop at the Guelph School of Art!IMG_1710-0

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be instructing a full day workshop at the Guelph School of Art on Sunday, June 7.  We will be decorating cover papers similarly to the photo above, but I’ll be teaching 2 new soft cover bindings!  This means everyone will leave with 2 hand-crafted journals.

When: Sunday June 7  10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham St. North Downtown Guelph (above Wyndham Art Supplies)

For more information and to register, please go here.