Workshops and Courses
Workshops at the Shed, Bush Farm Cottage
Click on one of the titles below to see a description and examples of the gorgeous books you’ll make on the course! If you’d like to make a booking on one of the workshops please read the General Workshop Information at the bottom of the page first. If none of these dates suit you or you want a customised course for you or a group of students, please contact me for more information.
Please note that Books Galore 1, Books Galore 2 and Books Galore 3 are all standalone courses – they simply feature different book forms. So, you can come to any of them whether you are a beginner or have some experience.
Talks/Workshops for Groups & Guilds
I can offer a talk called ‘Turn round when possible …’ which is based on incidents that have pushed me into a new creative direction or project. A sort of ‘How I got here from there’. I charge £110 plus 45p/mile for travel. If the venue is more than 75 miles from here then I would require an overnight stay.
I can also bring a variety of book making workshops to you! See below for some possibilities. I charge £270 per day plus a materials charge per person, usually £5-£7 depending on the book we’re making, plus 45p per mile for travel. Depending on where the venue is, I may need an overnight stay.
Please note: I limit class sizes to 10 – this is partly because of equipment but also because I don’t feel I can do a good job with a larger group than this.
One day workshops
The images show the type of book we would make but the actual book will vary in design.
Twin needle coptic sketchbook – this is a lovely binding with hard covers that opens flat. The stitching goes over the spine and the colours of the threads can vary
Secret Belgian binding – probably my favourite book to make. The covers are made in three pieces which are woven together. The inside pages are then sewn on to the woven threads of the cover.
Drum leaf binding – this makes a lovely display book for artwork as there is no stitching in the middle of each spread.
General workshop info
Workshops at the Shed run from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Shed will be open from 9.30am so you can come in, get settled and have a tea/coffee/soft drink before we start.
If you’d like to book any of the workshops you can either book and pay online, paying by debit/credit card or PayPal account, or pay by bank transfer. The materials are included in the cost. Sometimes students can bring optional materials if they wish.
Tea, coffee and biscuits, as desired, are provided. You will either need to bring lunch with you or you can order from the cafe just down the road on the day. Please note that this is a rural location and the nearest sandwich shop is about 4 miles away.
The cost DOESN’T include accommodation. There are excellent bed and breakfast places near here. Or, there is a small hotel if you don’t mind travelling a little further, or a full range of accommodation in Hull, which is approximately 15 miles away.
Some courses are deliciously messy so it would be wise to bring some protective clothing or wear old clothes. Comfortable feet are always a good idea as most courses require some standing.
If you cancel your booking within four weeks of the workshop then full payment will still be due unless I can fill the place (which I often can if I have enough time). If I have to cancel a workshop then a full refund will be made.
Given the uncertainties of Covid, if you have to cancel because you are ill or self-isolating, or Covid related restrictions are in place then a full refund of deposit and any balance will be made.
When you arrive please pull in to the first set of double gates, immediately after the paddock on the left and before the first brick outbuildings. Please park on the right hand side. Then walk round via the lane to the second set of gates and down the side of the house to the garden at the rear. Welcome!
How to get here
Ottringham lies to the east of Hull in the lovely East Riding of Yorkshire. Follow the A1033 towards Withernsea. When you reach Ottringham, you’ll see a big white building, Zara’s, on your left – turn right here. Follow this road out of the village until you see the derestricted speed signs. Bush Farm Cottage is the first house on the left after the signs.
Please turn in at the first set of gates and park on the right.
Welcome to Bush Farm Cottage!
Where to stay
I am very lucky, for such an out of the way place, to have excellent accommodation in the area.
Bed and Breakfast
This is actually a B rather than a B&B as it is self-catering. There is a kitchenette with each room so is ideal if you prefer to bring your own food with you. They also have an area for camping and touring caravans, as well as a Shepherd’s Hut! It’s about a half a mile walk from Highfield Farm to here.
Tel: 01964 622283
Web Site: http://highfield-farm.com/
Camping & Caravaning site
Stone Creek Campsite
This small, friendly site is about 4.5 miles from here and is run by friends of mine …
Stone Creek House
Cherry Cob Sands
Tel: 01964 630801
Web site: www.stonecreekhouse.co.uk