In the studio I'm busy working on a new line of leather journals, sending out Mother's Day orders and gearing up for wedding season. Bright, clear days bring me SUCH joy and trick me into thinking it's Spring. But the next day February's greyness dulls everything, reminding me that really, I should still be hibernating, dreaming and feeding my soul until Spring starts. Here's what's helping:
Former speech therapist, now writer, photographer and Instagram mentor, Sara lives in Yorkshire and blogs at www.meandorla.co.uk where she reflects on living and working creatively, and shares helpful strategies and techniques for improving your Instagram feed.
Japanese ceramicist Midori says: "I create something small almost daily at night. I call them my journal. I am writing in ceramics." Her Mother Nature Bear is in progress and is just wonderful. Can I clear a corner in my house for her, I wonder? Read more about Midori's work at www.midoritakaki.co.uk
"I felt miserable and had an inexplicable longing for something completely different. Nature, tranquility, fresh air, meadows, lakes, sunsets. Silence. Peace of mind. I longed Grundtjärn, the small village of 100 mile north where we have throughout my childhood had a summer home.
So I decided to move."
Swedish artist Jonna followed her dreams and the result is breathtaking. Discover her work and the extraordinary landscape she lives and works in at www.jonnajinton.se
Kulning is the word for the ancient Swedish herding call, that has its roots in the nordic medieval age. Because of its special high-pitched sound it was used to communicate with animals and creature through very far distances. Ever since I was a child i have felt something magical and enchanting about this sound. It really touches me in a way I can't explain. So the last months I have practiced this vocal technique to learn it myself. So this is a short example of me doing "kulning" :) If you want to see the longer version you can find it on my facebook-page. (Link in profile). #kulning #swedishmoments #visitsweden #folkcreative #ig_naturelovers #sweden #folkvibe
Thanks to Jonna, Midori and Sara for making beautiful, hopeful and inspirational work.
What's bringing you joy this February?
All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy paper & spacers for inclusions; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper, usually 192 pages unless otherwise indicated in the product listing. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books, speciality artists' papers on request.
|A4 Large Portrait||12 inches or 305 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A4 Large Landscape||8.5 inches or 215 mm||12 inches or 305 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Landscape||6 inches or 155 mm||8.5 inches or 215 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A5 Medium Portrait||8.5 inches or 215 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1.5 inches or 35 mm|
|A6 Small Landscape||4.5 inches or 114 mm||6 inches or 155 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1 inch or 25 mm|
96 pages of Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|One Size||3 inches or 76 mm||2.25 inches or 60 mm||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
60 pages of 130 gsm paper
|One Size||6 inches or 148 mm approx.||4.5 inches or 108 mm approx.||20 mm or 0.75 inches|
With Mohawk Superfine 118gsm paper
|A4 Large||297 mm or 11.5 inches approx.||205mm or 8.25 inches approx.||64 pages|
|A5 Medium||210 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||145 mm or 5.75 inches approx.||56 pages|
|A6 Small||150 mm or 6 inches approx.||100 mm or 4 inches approx.||48 pages|
|A7 Pocket||106 mm or 4.25 inches approx.||72 mm or 2.75 inches approx.||40 pages|
8 pages of Mohawk heavy paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|