I’m posting this with my tail between my legs as it’s been a whole year since anything went up on this blog. Oh well. This summer I set up some book making workshops to teach the lovely people of Shropshire some basic techniques to make their own books. In the Loosely Bound workshop, we covered simple stitched binding, and the extremely addictive Japanese stab binding. These workshops were called Loosely Bound, as although book binding is traditionally a very neat and tidy craft, I myself am not a fastidious maker of things. I enjoy the improvised, unplanned and haphazard, and am a fan of raggedy edges. Saying that, the practice of book binding slows me down in the quest to make a lovely object, and I have made some quite tidy items I’m rather proud of.
Here are some photos from the workshops, which took place at Shrewsbury’s English Bridge Studios:
Mike and Carole at work
Trimming down pages
My display of books I have made
Liz’s beautiful efforts
Creative use of end-papers
Lizzie’s mini stab bound book for haiku poems
Our brainstorm on what a book is
During the workshop I asked the (slightly philosophical) question “what is a book?”. Our answers included: private space, a shared world, collect, read, object a place of safety, a hiding place, adventure, someone’s child, tactile, something that opens, and imagination. For all these reasons and more, books have always been very special to me, and I enjoyed sharing my love of them in these workshops. To organise a workshop or private book making lesson get in touch 🙂
It’s been a great summer, and I’ve loved developing my Found Poetry & Text Art workshops. Working with lovely groups in Shrewsbury and Hay-on-Wye has been an absolute joy, and I’ll be repeating these classes on a regular basis.
In the class we get creative with words, making poems, stories and our own artwork out of book pages and magazines. Using drawing and collage, I demonstrate simple techniques to help you read between the lines and work with text on a new level. Here are some photos from previous sessions:
The next workshop is on Friday 9th September in Shrewsbury, full details and booking information is on eventbrite. I hope to see you there or at a future workshop! Keep an eye on the events page for new dates.
What previous students have said:
“ I found pleasure in bringing pictures to old forgotten words “
“ Combining the words with images was very relaxing, the workshop opened my mind to new ideas and flow”
“Fun and fascinating! Emily is a very enabling tutor”
“Pleasantly destructive! Cutting up old books is rather thrilling”
“Time just flew, I really enjoyed Emily’s delivery and her fabulous ideas for starting points”
“I really enjoyed that, Im going to take my work home and frame it!”
“Lots of fun and a kind of magic, I could do this all day!”