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Barb

Successful workshop

Yesterday’s workshop resulted in 5 happy participants and 5 beautiful books. I hope those happy women have done their homework of completing another small book.

Sandy's Bible Sandy's Coptic Cover

Three new workshops

Three Workshops August September and October

Easy Coptic Journal
Easy Coptic Journal

 

BACK TO THE BINDING

Coptic Binding with an easy cover thanks to Sandy Webster

This workshop is perfect for beginner binders or a revision for those of you who want to revisit the beautiful Coptic Stitching. A journal created with this stitch opens beautifully flat for writing or drawing in. The hard cover will have an interesting edge which protects the pages and there will be the option of including some pockets. If you know what your journal will be used for, you might like to bring things to include. For example, if it is to be a travel journal you might bring images or information about the area you will visit. This can be bound in as you stitch the other pages to the cover. What ever you decide, at the end of the day you will have a beautiful journal to use or give away.

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Time: 10 – 3

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $5 materials fee.

All materials provided. If you have something you want to bind into your book you can bring it with you.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

Make several small books and a fold out box from a map.

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Working small is a great way to begin. The small books we make on this day will fit in the fold out box we construct from our map. The slip on lid will hold our box together when our project is complete. This day can be spent constructing a model from a commercial map or be a personal journey as you make your own map , which you bring along, into the box we construct. If the map you bring inspires the content of your books you might like to bring other maps, photos or drawings to include on the day. We will explore some collage and folding with maps.

When our books are removed from the box it will open out revealing our map.

Thankyou for teaching me this folded box Val.

Sunday 17th September 2017

Time: 10 – 4

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $5 materials fee.

Most materials provided. If you have a map you would like to use for this project you can bring it with you.

The map needs to be at least 20cm square.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

DOWN TO EARTH

A day of experimenting and creating with rust indigo and wax resist on paper.

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The beginning of any art project is gathering the inspirational materials. At this workshop you will spend the day guided by me as you transform many different paper surfaces. 
Dipping in indigo, exploring the rusting baths and working with cold wax as a resist, will provide you with a multitude of delightfully coloured papers. There may even be time to make some marks with my on your papers with ‘natural’ brushes. These lovely papers will be suitable to use in your artwork and there will be an opportunity at the end of the day to plan a follow up book binding workshop, if you want to bind some of your papers into a book at a later date.

Recipes included in the instructions provided.

Thursday 26th October

Time: 10 – 4

Place: Box Hill North

$70 plus $10 materials fee.

Most materials provided. Please bring some watercolour paper to dye. It doesn’t have to be expensive watercolour paper. The size and shape doesn’t matter.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

Places available in two workshops

Seed pod Book Open concertinaJust a quick reminder that there are still places in my upcoming book workshops.

You may wish to come and make a book as a gift for a friend or someone may buy you the gift of a workshop.

THE BOOK IS THE ART  ON SATURDAY 4TH MARCH

and EXPLORING CONCERTINA BOOKS  THURSDAY 6TH APRIL

The workshops are definitely going ahead on these days but you need to book if you wish to attend.

Details and booking available on my website in the previous post.

Two New Workshops To Start Your Creative Year

THE BOOK IS THE ART

Make an artists book in one day

SATURDAY 4TH MARCH

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No white paper will be visible at the end of the morning’s exploration of paper and its surface possibilities. You will use natural coloured dyes and washes over resists, stitch and printing to decorate your book pages in preparation for binding them. Each person will make a simple print block inspired by seed pods to use in their book and perhaps share with others.

The creative supportive environment will nourish your ideas and embolden your creative spirit and at the end of the day you will have a colourful artists book with a soft but strong cover.

Saturday 4th March 2017

10 – 4

Box Hill North

$70 plus $8 materials fee.

Most materials provided.  BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

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EXPLORING CONCERTINA BOOKS

THURSDAY 6TH APRIL

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In this workshop you will make a concert book with a hard cover. You will also learn how to make a slip case in which to keep your book. Each section will have an origami envelope to house your models of other concertina book styles which we will explore during the day. At the end of the class you will know how to make at least 5 different concertina books.

Thursday 6th April  2017

10 – 4

Box Hill North

$70 plus $8 materials fee.

Most materials provided.  BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

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Book workshop 14th February


Adding Content to a Blank Book

Many people have said to me that they have a precious book that they have made or been given and it is –

TOO GOOD TO WRITE IN

commission journalThis workshop invites you to bring a blank book that you would like to start working in.

Treat your blank book like an invitation. Enrich the pages, add colour, pattern and texture. As Dorothy Simpson Krause says, ‘Your book will begin to sing, beguile, soothe and excite.’ The complexity you add will make your pages richer.

This workshop will teach you ways to add content to an already bound book. We will start working in the book, preparing the pages for added content. With guidance, you will be encouraged to cut windows in the pages, add colour and remove some pages to make way for other inclusions. Before you come, give some thought to how you might use your book. Will it be a travel journal, a recipe book, a daily journal, a book of wise words – your own or someone else’s –  or a book in which to record some of your family history.

Tuesday 14th February 2017

10 – 4

Box Hill North

$70 plus $8 materials fee.

Most materials provided.  Bring your blank book or pages for a book you can bind later.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

Book Now

Too Good To Write In

Jounal page Sewn over tapes
Adding Content to a Blank Book

Many people have said to me that they have a precious book that they have made or been given and it is –

TOO GOOD TO WRITE IN

commission journalThis workshop invites you to bring a blank book that you would like to start working in.

Treat your blank book like an invitation. Enrich the pages, add colour, pattern and texture. As Dorothy Simpson Krause says, ‘Your book will begin to sing, beguile, soothe and excite.’ The complexity you add will make your pages richer.

This workshop will teach you ways to add content to an already bound book. We will start working in the book, preparing the pages for added content. With guidance, you will be encouraged to cut windows in the pages, add colour and remove some pages to make way for other inclusions. Before you come, give some thought to how you might use your book. Will it be a travel journal, a recipe book, a daily journal, a book of wise words – your own or someone else’s –  or a book in which to record some of your family history.

Tuesday 5th July 2016

10 – 4

Box Hill North

$70 plus $8 materials fee.

Most materials provided.  Bring your blank book.

BYO Lunch Tea & Coffee provided

Book Now

The Book Is The Art Workshop

THE BOOK IS THE ART  – WORKING TOWARDS A BOOK OR TWO

      

This is a two day workshop with the option of a further day to be set at the workshop.

No white paper will be visible at the end of this exploration of paper and its surface possibilities. There will be opportunities to make your own paper and work with a variety of commercial and handmade papers, enjoying the changes made with dye, stitch, print and resists. We will work with ‘collections’ as a starting point for ideas and inspiration. The resulting papers will be bound into a book or two in a range of styles which can act as a repository for special words or be an art work in their own right. This creative supportive environment will nourish your ideas and embolden your creative spirit.

You will be contacted after you have registered to help you decide what to bring as your ‘collection’

Date & Time: Tuesday 21st June & Saturday 25th June

Cost: $120 plus $8 materials fee

BYO lunch, notebook and collection

Venue: Barb’s Studio Box Hill

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New Workshop

A CASE FOR YOUR CASTING

Date & Time: Monday May 23rd 2016 – 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

Cost: $70 Most materials supplied

BYO lunch and hard cover book which you are prepared to take the text section out of and some small items you wish to cast your paper over. I have keys, spoons and other small items you can use too.

Venue: Barb’s Studio Box Hill North

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This one day workshop is an opportunity to try some paper casting over interesting objects.  You will make suitable paper, cast the paper over your objects and make a box to display your artwork.  The display box will be made with a cover from a discarded book which you will transform into a box.  You will also make a book or two related to the idea of your subject choice to include in the box.

You may also choose to spend the day experimenting just casting paper.

You will learn paper casting, box making and simple book making.

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Ready Set Go

READY SET GO

Over tapesMake a journal and start writing or drawing in it.

This workshop will include the making a journal with hard covers and sections sewn over tapes.

Journal Over tapesYou will also learn some starting points for beginning to work on the pages.

Come with some ideas of how you might use your journal. Will it be a poetry book, an anthology, a travel journal, cookery book, somewhere to record the way you see the world in pictures or words?

When you have registered I will talk to you and suggest some things you may wish to bring to help you get started with your journal.

Each section will be sewn separately to accommodate later inclusions on the pages. The pages will be light weight art paper suitable for writing or drawing.

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Cost: $70

Materials Fee: $10

Date: Monday 30th November

Time: 10am – 3pm

BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided

Venue: 55 Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North 3129

Other details provided after registration.

Email Barb at barb@barbadams.com if you wish to attend.