Studio Talk: My Favourite Part of Fine Binding (so far)

As part of my 2018 plan to expand my little company and grow my bookbinding skillset, I’m taking classes in Fine Binding!  These classes are offered through CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, ‘cabbage’ for short).  Most of the books I currently make for Sprouts Press are exposed spine bindings; Coptic, Long/Linkstitch, etc.  These new skills will create fancy round backed books with raised cords and leather spines!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I’ll be chronicling it all right here in the coming weeks.  For now, here’s my favourite part so far: sewing endbands from scratch!  I think I’m drawn to the pearly sheen of the silk thread, the rich colours and the patterns for wrapping them. 

For more information on CBBAG’s core bookbinding classes, see their website here.

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Last Weekend to see Gathered Threads

It’s your last chance to see the group show I’m part of: Gathered Threads.  There are so many talented artists in this show, I’m honoured to be included.  It’s a gorgeous collection of fibre art that you won’t want to miss!

DETAILS
Gathered Threads is a curated group exhibition of textile and fibre artists.

January 18th – February 4th, 2018
Reception January  20th, 2-4pm
Graven Feather, 906 Queen St. W., Toronto

For hours & more info, please see show website here.

Paperhouse Studio + Sprouts Press!

On February 10, I’ll be teaching a new class at Paperhouse Studios: Painted Covers Bookbinding!!  I already love working with the fine folks at Paperhouse, and am really looking forward to introducing this class their.

DETAILS
Join us for a day of unique bookbinding! Students will learn basic paper decorating techniques using acrylic paint and how to bind a variation of the pamphlet stitch, and the bowtie stitch. Everyone will leave with 2 finished, hand bound, customized books.

When:  Saturday February 10, 2018. 11am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Gathered Threads

I’m pleased to share that I’ll have a few book work pieces in the latest gallery show at Graven Feather!  “Gathered Threads” is a curated group show of textile artists that explore the use of fibre.  The opening reception is this saturday January 20, (tomorrow), 2pm – 4pm and I’d love to see you there.

DETAILS:
Featuring:
Carolyn Eady | Saskia van Kampen | Pam Lobb | Bri Hoy| Born Solo Die Solo | Tammy Ratcliff | Janet Potter | Deniz Seker | Amy Rogers | Irina Schestakowich | Mickey Agnelli | Sarah Gaby-Trotz

Jan 18th – Feb 4th

Exhibition Hours
Thursday, Friday Saturday 12-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm

For more details, please see the show facebook event page here.

2018 Workshops!

The first workshops of the year are just around the corner!  Registration is open and I’d love to see you in class.  Beginners are welcome as are more seasoned bookbinders.

Painted Longstitch/Linkstitch
Learn how to hand bind a soft cover book using the Longstitch Linkstitch technique!  First, students will learn basic paper decorating techniques using acrylic paint and a variety of implements.  Then students will incorporate these papers and bind it all into a book using Longstitch/Linkstitch.

When: Saturday February 3, 2018. 10am – 5pm
Where: Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

See You at the Paper Fair!

picture3Today’s the day!  Sprouts Press will be at the Valentine’s Day Paper Fair!!  Expect lots of handmade goodies from myself and other talented, local makers: stationery, greeting cards, enamel pins, journals and more!

PRO TIP: Be one of the first 50 folks through the doors and get a free swag bag!!

What: Valentine’s Day Paper Fair
When: Saturday February 4, 2017.  12noon till 5pm.
Where: Toronto’s First Post Office, 260 Adelaide Street East, Toronto

For more information, please see the event listing here.

February: International Correspondence Writing Month!

February just got a whole lot better.  Why? Because it’s International Correspondence Writing Month! (InCoWriMo for short)

To participate, all you have to do is hand write and mail/deliver one piece of correspondence a day for the month of February.  This can be letters, postcards, notes, cards, etc.  And it can be to anyone; strangers, public figures, friends, family, etc.  You can write to a different person each day, the same person every day, or any combo in between!  collageit

And good news, if you want to keep all this correspondence organized, take a look at Sprouts Press’ Correspondence Journals!  You may remember them from last year’s One of a Kind Christmas Show (maybe you got one as a gift?).  They’re finally available online, take a look here.  More colours are being added daily, so keep your eyes peeled!

Or, if you prefer to shop in person, I’ll have a selection of Correspondence Journals, amongst other hand bound journals, available at the Paper Fair this saturday (February 4, 2017) at Toronto’s First Post Office.  Please go here for details.

Want more information about InCoWriMo?  Check out the official website here.

Favourite Words: Tips for Using Your Journal

Today I’ve decided to share one of my favourite posts about using your journal.  It’s a link way back to the beginning of my Use Your Journal series, but it’s timeless.

This post explains a simple use for your journal, but it’s proven to be a favourite of mine as I have more than one book dedicated to this use.  Read on to see what it’s all about!  

***Note: If you prefer to read the original post, no prob! Just go here to see it.

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As you may have noticed from my previous post, I’m on a bit of a hand-lettering and calligraphy kick these days.  I’m also enjoying the idea of a few posts that promote journalling, sketching and using journals in general.

When I first had this idea I immediately pulled my quotes journal from the bookshelf, and decided to share a few of my favourite pages. photo 1I will admit that this is a big step for me, I don’t usually share the contents of my journals and sketchbooks.  But these are just quick, pretty little notes that I jotted down in less than 10 minutes.  And that’s the idea, you can do it too!photo 4You can find quotes all over the place: online, via a ‘quotes’ app (there are many!), at the library, etc.  Sometimes the best are snippets of conversations overheard in passing, or by looking at groupings of book titles on shelves to see if they form a sentence.  It’s also fun to pick up a book and open it to a random page and see what you get, like a box of chocolates!  (Well, maybe not quite like chocolates, but you get the idea)  photo 2Fun pens and markers are also a welcome addition.  A bit of colour or shading can give your page just the right tone.
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If you want to try this yourself here are a couple of tips:

-Choose a quote that isn’t too long, make sure it fits on the page and that there’s room for a border to be drawn around it.

-Make sure to jot down the author of the quote so you can give credit and search for more inspiring words by that person.

-You can put a ground of colour down first with markers (as in the last photo above), and then write your quote on top.

-Feel free to use a simple, minimalist border or to get more creative and swirly.  Really whatever you feel like is what goes!

-Don’t try to make it too perfect, this is meant to be a quick exercise that is fun and enjoyable!

Do you have any other tips for quick quote-taking?  Have fun!

Flexagons: the BEST kind of hexagons!

collageitFlexagons: the blending of a flex and a hexagon into an intriguing and creative piece of paper art.

Join me for an evening of exploration and creativity in a hands on workshop where you’ll not only learn the secrets of a flexagon, but create your very own!!  We’ll be making a variation of a flexagon with 6 faces that are hidden within, and revealed when the piece is ‘flexed’.

What: Flexagons: Inside & Out, a flexagon designing and making workshop!
When: Thursday February 16, 6pm – 8:30pm
Where: CBBAG Bindery (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward St, Toronto, Ontario

For more information & to register, please go here.

Contest Time!

collageitFor the next week I’m having a giveaway contest over on instagram!!  The winner will get a pair of Romeo & Juliet Book Ornaments, and 2 Quick Notes Notebooks!

But this isn’t a plain old boring contest.  I’m appealing to all the book nerds out there with something a little different.  To enter, in addition to regular instagram contest rules (ie. follow @sproutspress), I’m asking folks to share their favourite line from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.  Fun, right?!

You have until January 30 2017 to brush up on your reading.  Get to it!!

To see full contest rules, head over to Sprouts Press instagram page here.