Exhibition at Candid Arts

27 Jan

I was very fortunate to be able to assist fantastic artist Zulema Lily to prepare and display her art work at Candid Arts’ recent exhibition.

The exhibits were a real mixed bag with a wide range of media. There was a real buzz about the private viewing which was probably the busiest I have ever seen a gallery.

Zulema’s sculptures took prime position; her thoughtful and evocative towers created out of found objects attracted lots of curiosity and interest.

And it was lots of fun loading the items carefully into a taxi in the ice and snow to get them home!

Well done Zulema for such a fantastic show! May there be many more.

Check out all of Zulema’s beautiful work here.

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One of a kind folding book reaches it’s new owner

25 Jan

I made this folding book as an experiment and was intrigued by all of the different ways that it could be used and worked on. I was very happy when someone bought it from my online Etsy Shop. The book has now reached them safe and sound.

“It was an anniversary gift for my husband and he loved it. Thank you so much :)”

Love it.

Sharing skills to make a beautiful memory book

11 Jan

Recently a friend of mine went to a wedding and wanted to make a very special wedding present. Throughout the big day she took lots of photos and, knowing there wasn’t a wedding photographer, she wanted to make a photo album.

We talked together about what she wanted to book to be like. She found and gave me the perfect cover paper for this unique book (Mr Men!) and I prepared the front and back covers using this paper and grey board.

We set a date and my friend came over. I showed her the basics of coptic single sheet binding. We practiced step by step on some paper. Our first job was to get the photographs in order and stick them back to back in that order. We used double sided sticky tape along each edge, being very careful that the edges lined up. We then pushed 2 holes along the edge we will be binding, each sheet in line with each other and with the covers. Then we set to sewing.Mr Men memory book making

Our paper practice really paid off. I used scrap paper to sew along but all of the sewing on the book was done by my friend and she was very proud to have produced something so special.

Mr Men Memory Book spineMr Men memory book inside cover Mr Men memory book front cover I had a fantastic time sharing my skills, my friend loved gaining new skills and producing such a beautiful and unique book and her friends were over the mood to have a wedding album after all, and such a heart-felt one at that.

If you’ve got a book project that you’d like some help or advice with do get in touch.

Suffragettes book sold in 1 day!

12 Nov

 

Assisting art in the making

30 Oct

I have had the pleasure of working with my very good friend and fantastic artist Zulema Lily on a series of sculptures and instillations recently.

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Zulema works accross many mediums. Check out her beautiful work here

I’m looking forward to lots more constructing, light play and whatever other adventures of inspiration come our way. Thanks Zulema.

Handmade memories

30 Oct

In the last few months I have been getting stuck into book making using the fantastic new skills I gained at the Book Arts Course at The Art Academy. I’d really recommend the course if you want an overview of different book making techniques, whether you have made a book before or not.

One of the skills I learned was a beautiful single sheet coptic technique, which is fantastic for binding thick pages. One of the best uses for this is binding photographs into albums.

In August I finished my job working 1:1 with a young person with Aspergers Syndrom who is out of school. After two years or working together we’d shared some fun times. I pulled together all the pictures I’d taken, prepared some covers and created a photo book.

 

I was really pleased when I gave this handmade gift to the young person I worked with and her mum asked me where I had bought it.

I then had the opportunity to do what I really enjoy, share what I’ve learned. I worked with a close friend of mine to make a memory book of her friend’s wedding…but I can’t show you pictures yet as she hasn’t yet given the book to her friend.

If you have got some photos that you’d like to bind into a memory book, you’d like some help and you live in London, get in touch!