Studio Sunday

photo-5-5Today I’m over at the Guelph School of Art teaching folks the ins and outs of coptic bookbinding.  Look at those gorgeous windows and all that natural light!!

If you missed out this time around, don’t worry, I’ve got more bookbinding workshops planned to keep you busy during these cold winter months!  Take a look at my workshop schedule to see if there’s one near you!

Studio Sunday

After a bit of a break from it all, Sprouts Press is back and ready for a new year!collageitTo start things off I’d like to introduce my newest retailer; Twist Creations in Quebec!!  This is a lovely boutique, with two locations, that I’m so thrilled to be a part of!  They have both sizes of leather journals, in all the colours.

In other news the first Sprouts Press Newsletter for 2017 will be going out this week.  If you’re not already a subscriber why not give it a try?  I send one email per month about bookbinding, upcoming classes & shows, latest projects, ideas to use your journals, and sometimes contests or giveaways.  Sound like fun?  Go here to subscribe!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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Holiday production is in full swing here at Sprouts Press HQ!  Yesterday was a busy day of making miniature, wearable books!  Keep your eyes peeled for the finished product, Mini Book Necklaces, to be replenished online soon!

This saturday, September 24, is Etsy Made in Canada!  I’ll be a vendor at the MaRS building in downtown Toronto, find me at booth 47.  Stop by and say hello; along with my other handbound books, I’ll have Mini Book Necklaces too!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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It seems that I’m spending many Sundays in other people’s studios these days.  And yesterday was no exception.  I was over at Graven Feather teaching a lovely group the Longstitch/Linkstitch binding and the results were beautiful!

I have a few more classes scheduled for the fall, be sure to check my Workshops page to see them all.  Who knows, maybe you’ll start that handmade holiday gift in September this year!  Or maybe taking a class and learning a new skill is the perfect, unique gift for the person who has everything.

Studio Sunday (recapped on a tuesday)

It was a fun, creative weekend over here at Sprouts Press!  After teaching a workshop at CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild) on Saturday, I also spent Sunday there with a lovely group of ladies dyeing various things (really, anything we could find) that most gorgeous shade of blue: indigo.IMG_4267

A sneak peek at the finished stack of hand dyed papers, each a bit different, all unique.
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To see a fun little video inside this pile of papers, head over to my Instagram account and find the Indigo post!!  It’s fun, I promise!!
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Nearly all of these papers will wind up as journal covers over the coming months – keep your eyes peeled on the Sprouts Press Etsy shop.  Or you can visit me in person at one of the three shows I’ll be vending at this fall.

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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Have you taken a look at the Sprouts Press workshops page lately?  There’s a lot of activity going on!  And the next class is this saturday at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild here in Toronto!

It’s a fun class of dissecting old books and re-binding them into new, blank journals!  It’s aptly titled: Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discarded novel to Coptic journal, go here to see details.

While this class is full, you can still join the waitlist or take a look at the other class I’m teaching at CBBAG later in the fall; the Caterpillar Stitch!  Go here to see that class (aren’t you just a bit curious??)

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!!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday): Mobile Ink Factory

Today I’m going to talk about yesterday in the studio.  Actually, I’m going to talk about yesterday outside of the studio, creating in a different space, in a different way.

This past weekend was doors open here in Toronto, it’s an opportunity to get a glimpse into buildings (or spaces/ideas) not normally open to the public.  I had the chance to participate in just one tour.  Opting for an ‘open air’ tour rather than a ‘doors open’ tour, I checked out the Mobile Ink Factory that was setup only for the weekend!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know my interest in using and testing natural dyes on paper, like my Indigo post.  So when this ink-making tour/event came up, you know that I was pretty eager!!IMG_3737It ran along the west Toronto Railpath, and was led by the folks at The Toronto Ink Company and DeRail.  An informative walk taught us about the natural and man-made materials that can be used in ink-making along the railpath.  That’s right, this wasn’t just an ink-making tour (which in itself is pretty awesome), it was a tour detailing materials found exclusively on the West railpath that can be made into ink!!
IMG_3731After the walk, everyone emptied their bags of collected finds (there are rules to foraging responsibly on the railpath, I’ll list them below).  Then we sorted them, mixing and matching with everyone else’s finds, into possible ink recipes.
IMG_3736 In the end, I made a beautifully deep and intense black ink.  It’s made from the charcoal dust of burned virginia creeper, mixed with water and gum arabic.  Of course, the folks from Japanese Paper Place were there to help guide ink testing on paper.  Because who does paper better than JPP??  This was my kind of day!!

Three rules of thumb for foraging (as per the Mobile Ink Factory handout):

  1. Harvest from the second patch (don’t pick the only instance of something).
  2. Harvest only the top third (don’t pull the whole plant, let it keep growing).
  3. Leave the space better (pick up trash along the way).

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Thanks to all the folks who worked so hard to make this happen, we all had a great time!

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!!