Workshop – Japanese Stab Binding at Handprinted

I am very excited to share that I will be at Handprinted in Bognor Regis this November, giving a workshop on Japanese Stab Binding as part of one of their Fab Friday workshops.

Friday 8th Nov 2019
10:00 – 13:00
£20.00 per person

Friday 8th Nov 2019
13:00 – 16:30pm
£20.00 per person

The Japanese Stab Binding actually originates from the Chinese ‘butterfly binding’, one of the earliest paper bookbinding techniques in Asia where single sheets were pasted together, surrounded in a wraparound cover and stitched along the edge.

The current term ‘Japanese Stab Binding’, is often associated with decorative books and hand bindings due to their attractive sewing techniques clearly visible on the cover. It is a useful method for single leaf bindings as there is no need for folding adhesive, allowing sheets to be quickly bound after they have been created – either as artworks or written works.

In our workshop, we will be creating Japanese Stab Bindings with a sewing method similar to that photographed. It is a simple method of sewing that, once practised, can be adapted to incorporate more complex designs. The cover material needs to be slightly thicker than that of the textbook, allowing it to flex with the textblock, yet still provide some protection.

Please bring along with you:
– A selection of single A5 sheets to be bound, approximately 100 – 200gsm – this will be your textblock (you could bring in a selection of prints from other workshops to be bound together).
– A few decorative sheets, A4 or A5, approximately 150 – 250gsm – this should be thicker than your textblock. 

For more information on how to book the course, and find out a bit about Handprinted, please click here.

Bartie’s Boutique Fair in Sunny Worthing

St Pauls Worthing

This weekend saw me attending another Bartie’s Boutique craft fair at the St Pauls venue in central Worthing. It was a good day with a lot of talent on show meaning I had the chance to meet some great people and hope that I can portray a few of them here.

These beautiful prints are by We Are Mountain. Sophie has huge amounts of talent with her printing and has been popular in the Worthing Artist Open Houses (more on that next week) – I love the lobster one!

Claire from handmadebyhippo is a mosaic expert based in Brighton, she will create a custom-made mosaic for you – possibly a door number or something for the garden – she is also able to recreate a favourite photo in mosaic, which blew my mind just a little bit!!

Samantha, from Hung On You, is the creator of these wonderful handmade and vintage jewellery pieces (and the amazing stand – might be taking some inspiration from that!), and also the instigator of the Brighton Craft Alliance, which I have set for my future plans – small world, we all meet at these things!

Another slightly different jewellery maker at the fair was Pippa from OoNaNa – who made laser cut jewellery in amazing designs – including, wait for it, chemical formulae!! – Yes, peeps, we can now get our favourite chemical structures on a necklace – Monosaccharide Glucose here I come!!!

Finally from Bartie’s Boutique was Hope from Hope & Ted – a sewing guru offering beautiful handmade goods and sewing classes for kids and adults. This was Hope’s first fair, and she is clearly a natural as her stand looked fantastic! I think I will have to book myself onto one of these classes.

As a final show – my stall. The table at Bartie’s  might have been my best yet, with a full range of books and the tool roll kits finally on display – and YES, I did sell one!

On Eagle’s Wings

Today I was back at the V&A for the first time in the New Year – it’s always nice to return after a break and find familiar faces, so it was a happy return!

The day was also boosted by seeing On Eagle’s Wings exhibition at the museum. This is an exhibition on comic books that myself and a collegue have been working on for the last month or so, each of us doing paper repairs on the covers and display spreads of the comics. Having been involved since the start of the conservation work, it was really nice to see the exhibition come to fruition.

Due to copyright issues, I was not able to get any close-ups of the comics themselves, but in the images below you can see the general layout. It is located outside the Twentieth Century gallery and takes up four of the cabinets there. One of the cabinets is specifically dedicated to the girls comics, which I worked a lot on. Girl is the counterpart to Eagle, which is the key comic book for the exhibitions. The latter was an extremely popular boys comic whereas Girl was one of the leading girl’s comic books, including such items as Wendy & Jinx (a detective duo) and how to do flower arrangements.

I was pleased to see that of those comics that I had worked on, I was not able to see the paper repairs, which is a good sign!

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City Lit Bookbinders Exhibition

‘So much variety and fabulous work with the definite feel of a top of the range gallery – indeed much better than many exhibitions I have seen’ 

The Principle of the City Lit, Peter Davies

As our bookbinding year came to an end, we were given the opportunity to exhibit some of our work in the display cases at the City Lit. Unsurprisingly I was immensely excited about this, and so diligently went to photograph my first exhibited work!!! Our books were displayed in two glass cases on the ground floor of the City Lit, which you can see here.

These show my two books on display, my coptic binding and the limp binding with the circles and ribbons next to Emily’s japanese binding.

I think these two were Bob’s – one was his coptic binding, which he made amazingly by carefully cutting out paper (BY HAND!) to make the intricate designs. For the second one, a disappearing spine pamphlet, Bob made the cover design and then had it printed onto book fabric, which he then used to cover the book – amazing! This final coptic binding was Kate’s, which I loved!