Workshops at Opendrawer

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Venue: Opendrawer Hartwell


One day workshop

Have you stitched on paper? Sashiko stitching in the Japanese boro style can be used to make attractive designs on paper. Boro stitched fabric grew out of the need to repair old Indigo dyed cloth in early twentieth century rural Japan.

This workshop will introduce you to different ways of stitching Indigo dyed papers to create beautiful mini artworks for the pages for your book. You will be guided to use the marks on the paper as a suggested design for your page.

You will learn some basic sashiko designs and how to use them in your work.

At the end of the day you will take home a beautiful little book to keep or give to someone special.

Date: Tuesday 5th June 10am – 3pm

Your materials fee will include the papers Barb provides to make and decorate your book.


Venue: Opendrawer Hartwell

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3 day workshop

Make a book that is ALL YOURS right from the paper itself .

Spend three wonderful days during the month of May learning the skills of making paper, stitching two book structures and binding a very special book with the paper you made on day one.

 Book 1 Figure 8 over tapes

 Book 2 Coptic Binding

Dates: Tuesday 1st May 10am – 3pm


Tuesday 15th May 10am – 3pm

Binding 2 Books

Tuesday 29th May 10am – 3pm

Bind your own paper into one of your book styles.

New Workshops 2018

Cards with Charisma 

New Date!!!

Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018

Cost: $70 plus $10 materials fee

Venue: Box Hill North


Your friends will love receiving personalised gift cards from you.

Come along and spend time making beautiful unique cards

using three different techniques.

Start the day by carving your own print block from your drawing or a design supplied by Barb.

This will be used with the cold wax resist technique and printing onto your cards.

You will collage, print, stitch and dye to bring colour and life to your cards.

Some cards will be made from handmade paper and others from commercial card.

You will end the day with many cards to give your family and friends on special occasions.

Your $10 materials fee will cover the cost of a lino tool, Soft Cut print block material and blank cards to work on.






Date: Tuesday 8th May

Cost: $70 plus $10 materials fee

Venue: Box Hill North


Learn to make an artistic note book to house your workshop notes and samples.

They are so valuable for keeping your memory prompts and new learnings in an attractive reference book .

Easily accessed notes and diagrams will make your follow up days much more valuable as you weave your new skills into your developing art practice.

 For this workshop you will bring notes and samples from a workshop or activity you have already done.

This information and your examples will be what determines the shape and style of your book.



This is a  Papermakers of Victoria workshop I will run at our Stables Studio at Bundoora.

Details and registration here:

Tutor: Barb Adams

22nd April 2018 at Bundoora

Handmade paper can vary greatly.  For a handmade paper project to be a success it is helpful to know which  paper you should make.  This workshop will concentrate on making a variety of pulps which will be made into sample sheets.

You will learn how to make paper suitable for book pages of different shapes and sizes or pages with pockets included when you form the wet pages.  Recipes will be provided for pulp making suitable for cards, strong paper for casting, paper into which other items can be included or paper suitable to print photos or text onto.You will take home a book you have made, in which you can store your specific paper pulp recipes and samples of your handmade paper.

While you are at   have  look at the other great workshops available.