I’m Cass, a thirty something raised in the North of England, now based in Edinburgh – I am passionate about creativity, community and re-purposing everyday materials to create unique and usable books.
I have a background in Fine Art Sculpture, which is were I first discovered bookbinding – making my own sketchbooks out of whatever was to hand so I could get the sculptures I wanted to make out of my head, onto paper before and into the world.
Driven by a desire to help people explore their own creativity I went on to complete a Masters in Art Museum & Gallery Education, which led to me working as an Art Educator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Artist in Residence at the Girvan Lantern Festival and taking on the role of Development Officer with Voluntary Arts Scotland, supporting community groups of all shapes and sizes to develop and deliver creative activities.
In January 2019 I took the leap and went fully freelance, which has allowed me to put together a dynamic programme of creative workshops and work in partnership with some fantastic community organisations to share my love of bookbinding with people from a range of backgrounds.
There is something ever so satisfying about re-imagining materials, such as leather and textile remnants, paper made from coffee cups, old envolopes, maps and buttons into one-of-a-kind books that go on to have a life of their own, be this as a sketchbook, diary, travel journal or memory book.
- Bookbinding and printing workshops – I have developed a dynamic programme of bookbinding and printing workshops which I deliver both independently and in collaboration, with community organisations, schools and artists from a range of disciplines. My aim is to create a welcoming environment where you can learn new skills, be inspired and take some time out to be creative. My face-to-face workshops currently take place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife, West Lothian, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders – more about my workshops here.
- Artist Books – largely inspired by my connection with nature, my books have been featured in a number of exhibitions and events but I mostly make these for myself and find the process of doing so very therapeutic. Click here to find out more about my personal projects.
- Commissions – I also make one-of-a-kind books on a commission basis, which include, wedding guest books, travel journals, memory books and photo albums. These make great gifts and can be personalised to your requirements, for more information here.
- Community projects – I feel passionately about the many ways that creativity can positively impact both individuals and communities, from boosting our mental health to helping cultivate a sense of place and respect for each other the environment. I love working with groups to support and deliver creative projects -in 2019 I took up the role of Creative in Residence at Granton Castle Walled Garden, devising and delivering creative workshops to engage people with this urban greenspace and it’s plant life – this involved a range of botanical printing workshops, an Artists Book library in the garden and a community mosaic which will be installed later this year. If you have a community project in mind, please get in touch and I would be happy to discuss.