After sampling, testing and frankly - stroking - many different types of paper from some of the world's best paper mills, I've selected Mohawk as the new standard for BOUND, because no other paper has the same reputation for quality, consistency and uniformity.
There seems to have been a flurry of interesting altered books, artists books and bookbinding activity lately. I've been posting them on Facebook and here's a round up:
Shop Dorset - the one stop directory for everything good that's made in Dorset - is hosting a giveaway of a pair of my Lemon & Pink Mini Journals. Click the link to enter before the end of June. Thanks to Lindsay at Shop Dorset!
And if you can't wait or don't want to leave it to fate, you can also buy these and more super colourful, cheerful handmade leather Mini Journals here.
UPDATE: The Spring course is fully booked, but I will be running it again in the Autumn, on Thursday evenings starting 10th September, all the details are as below. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
I'll be teaching a 6 week Bookbinding evening class on Thursdays 7-9 pm starting 30th April at Artisan Community Art Studio, Moordown in Dorset. There is space for just 8 participants, so please book early. Booking details are below.
Is it for me? The course is suitable for beginners or those with a little experience. If you enjoy making and working with your hands, want to make your own notebooks, or are curious about how to bind your own writing or artwork, this course is for you. You are welcome to come if you've previously attended the one-day bookbinding course run by myself and Laura Joy. I will be revisiting some of the bindings you made then as well as introducing you to new book forms, so it's a great opportunity to finesse your skills and expand your creative practice.
What will I be doing? you’ll make folded and sewn book forms including softcover and hardcover bindings you can use as a journal, sketchbook, portfolio or display album. You'll be working in a friendly atmosphere with others who want to learn, to share knowledge and skills and enjoy.
What shall I bring? I provide all tools, although you are welcome to bring your own favourites. Materials will be provided, but please also bring your own interesting papers to cover your books, such as quality wrapping paper, your own artwork, plant fibre paper, pages from old magazines, maps & books (the larger the better, but bring what you have and we can discuss what you might like to use during the course).
Where? Artisan Community Art Studio, 1005 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth BH9 2BS. Known as 'First Point Plus', the venue is opposite the Holly Tree Pub - please come down the slope, entrance on the right.
Date: Thursdays, commencing April 30th
Time: 7-9 pm (please arrive 5-10 minutes early for a prompt start).
Cost: £60 for six 2 hour sessions. Please note the Autumn course is £80 as it will run an extra half hour per week, from 6:30 - 9 pm.
Getting there by car: limited parking is available to the rear of the venue, drive down the slope, past the entrance on the right and continue around the back. Blue Badge holders can park next to the venue's entrance on the right. Further on-street parking is available.
Getting there by bus: routes 4 and 2, alternatively route number 5 bus stops are 10 minutes walk away.
Facilities: Toilets are available in the venue and tea / coffee making facilities within the workshop. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.
To book: download the booking form (workshop title is Bookbinding Evening Class) and return it to Pauline Stanley who runs the venue. Alternatively call Pauline on 07729 829 209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you there!
Inspirational weddings, a celebration of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples and a dare to be different feature with steampunk style are all featured in Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire Bride 2015 edition. There's also a guide to making your white wedding as green as possible.
From choosing a vintage dress and tableware, an eco-friendly venue or turning an old family heirloom into a new wedding ring, Bride has lots of ideas, with a particular focus on using locally-sourced produce and products.
Which is where I come in - if you're a bride planning your big day in Dorset, Wiltshire or Hampshire, get in touch with me to discuss your options for a Wedding Guest Book bound in leather, and Mini Journal favours for your bridesmaids and guests.
You can choose an off-the-peg Guest Book in White & Neutral or ask me to a create a perfectly bespoke, personalised book to co-ordinate with your colour scheme and to print your names and wedding date on the frontspage.
My thanks to Heidi Watson, images copyright © 2015 Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire Bride magazine
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All dimensions indicate external dimensions of the closed book. Memory Books have 128 pages of heavy cartridge paper; Guest Books, Journals & Sketchbooks have 192 pages of cartridge paper, counted all sides. 'Slim' books have 96 pages. Pagination can be adjusted a little for bespoke books.
|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||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
|A6 Small Portrait||6 inches or 155 mm||4.5 inches or 114 mm||1.5 inches or 38 mm|
104 pages of 100gsm 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 heavy cartridge paper
|A5 Medium Portrait||TBC|
|A6 Small Landscape|