Collaborative workshops

I love working with Artists and Makers from other disciplines and am excited to bring you this series of collaborative online workshops that combine bookbinding with a range of techniques, including – ecoprinting, sketching, writing, cyanotype and relief printing.

These workshops tend to be a combination of video tutorials and Zoom live sessions which invite you to meet the Artists, ask questions and get creative in the company of others. The live element of these workshops means that there are key dates for you to consider (highlighted in bold) – once the event date has passed these workshops will be taken down but may be repeated later in the year.

With these workshops, there is the option to purchase a materials/tool kit or source your own. International shipping is available.

Most of the links below will take you to partner websites to book your place – these are websites/listings managed by the artist or organisation I am collaborating with.

The Art of Journalling – kit, workshop and Zoom event / 11 April 2021 or Self-paced

This special workshop in collaboration with Writer and Artist Julie Galante combines bookbinding, journalling and creative writing. The kit includes everything you need to make an A5 refillable journal with the option to join a Zoom live journalling event on 11 April 2021 (morning or evening) to explore different approaches to journalling and get you started with your book. There is also a self-paced kit option which includes access to pre-records in place of  Zoom live journaling event,

Online Bookbinding & Sketching Workshop

Mark Kirkam, aka ‘The Edinburgh Sketcher’, and I regularly teach together at the fabulous Arienas Collective but this is our first online offering and we’d love to have you along for the ride! 

This jam packed series of online tutorials will equip you with the skills to create a set of handmade sketchbooks and inspire you to start using them straight away using a combination of fine liner and watercolour!

Optional materials / tool kit available, video tutorials can be worked through at your own pace. Optional Zoom sharing event on Monday 26 February, 6-7.30pm, where you can ask questions, share your work and get hints and tips to inspire your bookbinding & sketching practice.

Rainbow Junk Journal – a printing and bookbinding workshop

I’ve teamed up with fabulous Printmaker and Artist Lou Davis for this collaborative workshop that combines gel plate printing with bookbinding – a celebration of texture, colour and bookbinding that will result in an chunky A5 journal.

In our step-by-step video tutorials we’ll take you through how to make a gel plate from scratch and use it to create eye catching prints, before binding your work together with an exposed cross stitch. There’s lots more too it than that so do click on the link below for more info.

You can work your way through the video tutorials at your own pace and either source the tools/materials yourself or take advantage of our kit options which provide everything you need delivered straight to your door.

Join us for an optional Zoom sharing event on Friday 15 February, 6-7.30pm, to ask questions, share your work and get inspired with fellow participants.

Cyanotype & Bookbinding  /  1 April 2021 

I’ve joined forces with Photographer & Artist Kit Martin for this blue themed workshop, which shares techniques in cyanotype printing and bookbinding.

Via a series of step-by-step videos, Kit will introduce the cyanotype process and guide you in creating a range of magical blue prints onto paper. I will then take you through the process of making a hardback book with triple chain stitch and a bundle of single chain stitch notebooks with the option to incorporate your prints into the cover and/or inside pages. 

To kick off the workshop, we’re hosting a Zoom live welcome event on 1 April, 6-7pm, and a follow up sharing event on 18 April, 2-3pm – a chance to ask questions, see examples and be inspired to get making. A limited edition of kits to accompany this workshop are also available.

  • Access to cyanotype & bookbinding video tutorials, £50
  • Access to bookbinding video tutorials, £30
  • Kit and workshop options start at £70 / international shipping available

Click here for more information and to purchase.

Ecoprint, Dye & Stitch: a collaborative workshop / 1 & 16 May 2021

Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw have moved our popular collaborative Ecoprint and Bookbinding workshop online and we would love you to join us – the next edition takes place in May 2021!

This is a great opportunity to learn the magical (and scientific) process of printing leaves onto paper and fabric using natural tanin in the leaves as well as some other key ingredients to give stunning results, including iron and Sapan Wood. Elisabeth will share her tried and tested techniques with you, allowing you to create your own set of beautiful leaf prints!

I will then show you how to transform a number of your prints into unique and usable books, including a fold book, Japanese Stab sample book and Nature Journal with decorative exposed binding – a great way to display your work and create one-of-a-kind books that make great personal journals, Artists Books and gifts.

The workshop will take place via Zoom on 1 and 16 May. You will receive a materials/tool kit prior to the first online workshop along with access to a series of pre-recorded bookbinding videos.

Letters to the Future: a writing and bookbinding workshop / 23 May 2021

This letter themed workshop run in collaboration with Julie Galante invites you to create a book of memories and letters to the future – a unique personal project or gift for a loved one.

The workshop begins with a Zoom live welcome event and you will then be given access to a series of step-by-step video tutorials. There’s a specially curated letter themed materials/tool kit too.