More Bookbinding Workshops!

The fall workshop schedule is rolling out!  Another batch of classes were just added to my site!

New additions are: Painted Longstitch/Linkstitch and Hardcover Arrow Stitch!!  Go check them out here!!

Learn the Arrow Stitch!

If you missed last weekend’s bookbinding workshop over at Paperhouse Studios, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Next monday I’ll be teaching another class in this great space!  This time it’ll be the Arrow Stitch, featuring hardcovers made from scratch.  It’s a great class for beginners and those looking brush up on their technique.

When: Monday June 19, 2017  6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Studio Sunday

Today’s Studio Sunday is a throwback to a couple of weeks ago when I took a wonderful paper marbling class over at Paperhouse Studio with the talented Liam Blackburn. Last week I promised to continue with the series of posts about the Bradel Binding I was working on (last week was sewn headbands).  I’m so thrilled to be able to use paper I marbled myself as the covers.  This is what the vat looks like just before dipping the paper in.  The washed-out design (with terrible ceiling reflections) is actually the paint sitting on top of the fluid.  We had about 5 minutes to perfect our designs before the paint started falling into the vat, making it impossible to pick up on the paper.  While this wasn’t my favourite design, I did learn a lot from each technique and can’t wait to try it again!

June Bookbinding Classes with Sprouts Press

June’s Bookbinding Classes are open for registration!  Whether you’re a beginner or looking to brush up your skills, you’re most welcome to sign up!  See below for details.

 

Hardcover Arrow Stitch Bookbinding
After a brief introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will learn how to make their own hard cover book from scratch, using Paperhouse’s gorgeous handmade papers and the Arrow Stitch bookbinding technique.

Students will learn the skill of wrapping boards properly for book covers, and the secrets to stitching the Arrow Stitch.

When: Monday June 19, 2017  6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Painted Longstitch Linkstitch Bookbinding
Join us for a day of creative book making!  Students will be introduced to the basics of decorating cover paper with acrylic paint and a variety of tools.  Followed by a quick introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will then learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique and incorporate the decorated papers.

When: Saturday June 10, 2017  10am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Sprouts Press goes to Paperhouse Studios!

First of all, a big Thank You to everyone who came out to the Coptic Stitch workshop last night!  There was much enthusiasm and I was so pleased with everyone’s finished journals.

If you missed last nights class, I will be teaching more bookbinding classes in June, at Paperhouse Studio!!On June 10 I’ll be teaching the popular Longstitch/Linkstitch at Paperhouse Studios, located in Artsccape Youngplace on Shaw St.  This is one of my favourite classes to teach as we get a chance to really be creative with colour and mark-making!

DETAILS
Students will be introduced to the basics of decorating cover paper with acrylic paint and a variety of tools.  Followed by a quick introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will then learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique and incorporate the decorated papers.

When: Saturday June 10, 2017  10am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Bookbinding Class at Paperhouse Studio

Something new for Sprouts Press is about to start!  I’ll be teaching two workshops in a new space: Paperhouse Studios!  This is a gorgeous, light-filled studio where all sorts of paper arts and creativity happens.  If you haven’t been there before and you’ve signed up for this class, it’s worth arriving a bit early to get a tea, check out the Koffler Gallery and the general community of the building.

An excerpt from the course description:
“Students will be introduced to the basics of decorating cover paper with acrylic paint and a variety of tools.  Followed by a quick introduction to bookbinding and the tools of the trade, students will then learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique and incorporate the decorated papers.”

When:  Saturday June 10, 2017  11am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw St., Toronto
Sound good?  Go here to learn more & register!

Top 10 Good Things for Sprouts Press in 2014

Day 85/365

I will admit that I make New Year’s resolutions, and for the most part I usually carry them out.  Sometimes within the year, but sometimes they get ‘rolled over’ to the next year.  Doesn’t matter, they will happen one way or another, when the time is right.

Today, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the great things that have happened with Sprouts Press over the last year and how grateful I feel about it all.  I’m also thankful for the lessons I’ve learned throughout 2014.  Some have been wonderful, some have been near misses, and some have been painfully head-on total mess-ups.  It happens.  I’ve learned and moved on.

Anyways, here’s a brief but enjoyable list of the good things for Sprouts Press in 2014:

10. This 365 blog project.  Yup, this little project has taught me the value of time management.  Planning/scheduling and has made me value all the hours in the day.

9. Joining the Arts Market as a vendor, effectively giving me a not-so-scary glimpse into having a retail space for creative wares.

8. Being featured as a bookbinder in a publication about bookbinding!!  You may remember this post about my humble little page in the book: “The Little Book of Book Making” by Charlotte Rivers.

7. Having the opportunity to teach bookbinding right here in Toronto.  I’m ever so grateful to the lovely ladies over at Graven Feather who host my bookmaking workshops with grace and enthusiasm.  It’s a beautiful and welcoming space that you must check out if you’re in Toronto’s west end.

6. Seeing my creations available at various brick and mortar shops in Toronto, but also farther away, (like in the Strand Bookstore in NYC!!  Woot!!).  I’m looking forward to growing this area of my business next year, any suggestions are most welcome!

5. Being a part of the One of a Kind Christmas Show here in Toronto is an experience I’ve enjoyed, and I learned so much.  The sheer size of the show was a challenge in so many ways; prepping inventory, designing and building a booth, organizing volunteers for breaks, and the list goes on.  What I’m trying to say is that it was a great exercise and the lessons I learned are invaluable.

4. I wrote a business plan!  If you follow me on social media you may remember my many posts and statuses about ‘phase 1’ and ‘Passed, now onto phase 4!!’, and various similar statements.  And you may have been one of the people who participated in my market research survey (thank you so much for taking the time, it’s much appreciated!)  Well, this had to do with the business program I am in.  End result: I am a proud business owner with a 56 page business plan!!

3. The ability to sell my creations online, through Etsy and the One of a Kind Online shop.  I know, this is a strange thing to say but just imagine the days before this was an option.  I cannot.  And, not that there’s much to compare with, but 2014 was my best year for sales on Etsy!  Woot!!

2. This year, I’m grateful for all the amazing connections I’ve made with other small business owners and makers/artists/artisans.  This leads into feeling like part of a real community both online and offline.  Some people may not realize how important this is for artists, but it can often be a very solitary life.  Finding people that I trust to accept advice from and share my experiences with is pretty fantastic.

1. And the number 1 good thing from 2014 is being able to take on Sprouts Press full time!!!  Yaaaaaay!!  This is a dream come true for me, it’s my passion and I cannot imagine not doing this!

Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way in whatever ways you’ve been able!  You know who you are, you awesome, amazing and generous people!!!

Bring on 2015!

Party at Paperhouse!

Day 77/365

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There was a festive party at Paperhouse Studio last weekend!  And you know what that means . . . photo 2 There was paper to be made as ornaments, prints to be pulled as gift tags and a few other crafty activities revolving around paper.  My kind of party!  The lovely Pam from Graven Feather was also there to guide us on using this cute little table top press.photo 4

A view of the many paper ornaments and garland, all made in house and by collaborating artists.  And some other paper drying on the windows, because that’s the proper way to dry gampi paper.  (seriously, it is.  I’m not kidding). photo 5

It was really nice to kick back and enjoy an evening with fellow paper artists and printmakers!  Also, Paperhouse hosts workshops throughout the year, check out their website to see what’s next!