Workshops 2019

I’m delighted to say that I’ll be teaching some new workshops here at Stone Creek Studio in 2019. If you would like to make a booking for any of these courses please make sure you read the ‘General Workshop Information’ page before you book. When a booking is made, it is assumed that you have read, understood and accepted that information. To complete the booking, please go to the Cart on the right hand side of the screen to checkout.

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2019

Books Galore!

4 days
4-7 March 2019
Mon-Thurs

Accordion books

Accordion books

Coptic binding

Coptic binding

Japanese stab binding

Japanese stab binding

Perfect binding

Perfect binding

f you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a variety of different book forms then this is for you.

We’ll start from first principles so that whatever you make will have a high quality finish. We will cover at least:

  • Understanding how to select suitable papers, boards and fabrics for making books and how to use simple book binding tools and techniques.
  • Creating a wraparound, paper covered, notebook with torn edge pages.
  • Folding an accurate accordion fold book and fitting easy end covers.
  • Stitching a single signature, hardback book. This will be covered in book cloth created from hand-dyed/printed fabric.
  • Stitching a multiple signature, open spine hardback book using the fascinating Coptic form of binding, again covered in hand-dyed/printed book cloth. We’ll use both the single needle and twin needle methods to give lovely patterns across the exposed spine.
  • Stitching at least one variation of Japanese stab binding. This is another open spine binding with a variety of beautiful stitch patterns. The covers for this were traditionally made from paper but this variation uses hard back covers covered in fabric, with a hinge to allow easy opening.
  • Learning the third method, perfect binding, will not only let you make books from cut sheets such as computer prints  but you’ll also have the basic skills to rebind/repair your favourite paperback books.

With a maximum of 5 students you’ll get lots of one to one support. This will be backed up with group demonstrations and detailed class notes.

The class will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £300

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Words and Books

2 days
27-28 April
Sat-Sun

Crown book made without any glue or stitching

Accordion books with hard covers

This exciting weekend is a collaboration between me and my friend Caroline Selwyn-Jones, an experienced and inspiring creative writing tutor.

The first day offers an opportunity to experiment in creative writing in a non-threatening and structured way and covers descriptive writing, storytelling and poetry in a light hearted way. On the second day we’ll look at various ways of displaying and binding the words that you’ve written. The book forms we use will be in response to the text so will be selected from a wide range of possible folded, glued or stitched styles. The images shown on the left are only a couple of the possible book forms we may end up making.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this – it should be fun. Words and books? Oh yes!

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £150

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The Whole Shebang

5 days
17-21 June
Mon-Fri

An example of the type of bespoke box you will make with Glenn Malkin

Monoprint from a cabbage leaf

A beautiful moody piece of marbling by Jill Sellars

Linocut print examples by Belinda Hazlerigg

I think I can safely say that this course is unique! I’ve persuaded three tutors who are eminent in their own fields to come and teach here with me on a collaborative course. The idea is that we’ll create book cloth, marbled paper and linocut illustrations, and will then put them all together in a book/container at the end of the week. So:

Monday – with me creating unique cloth using a variety of printing techniques which we’ll then convert to book cloth.

Tuesday – a marbling studio will be set up and ready to go where Jill Sellars, an expert marbler and experienced teacher, will introduce you to the basic techniques of  traditional marbling which can then be developed by each student to create their own papers for  the project.

Wednesday – with Belinda Hazlerigg, an experienced artist and print maker, creating linocut illustrations to suit the theme of the week.

Thursday/Friday – you will be working with Glenn Malkin, an internationally renowned designer binder, You will hand sew your book, incorporating tipped-in copies of at least two of your prints, and create a case binding using the book cloth and marbled paper you have made. You will then make a bespoke box to protect your book along with any additional prints you have made. This will be covered with your own marbled paper and book cloth and will have a wrap-around flap with magnetic closure

The theme for the week is Edgar Allen Poe’s poem ‘The Raven’. A bespoke printed copy of the poem will be provided for your use and is included, along with all the other materials, in the cost of the course.

With a maximum of 5 students you’ll get lots of one to one support. 

The class will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £450

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Colour & cloth for book binders and textile artists

2 days
20-21 July
Sat-Sun

Colour mixing

Colour family

Colour family

Hand-dyed book cloth

Hand-dyed book cloth

If you’ve ever searched for cloth in just the right colour for a particular book or textile project or have wanted a cohesive colour scheme for a specific piece of work then this course could solve your problems. You’ll learn how to mix the colours you want – after a bit of practice – how to dye fabric in various ways, how to generate a colour scheme for a particular project and how to convert your dyed/printed fabric into book cloth. You’ll go home with a variety of fabric samples plus detailed instruction sheets covering the techniques used on the course.

You need no prior knowledge of colour mixing or dyeing – everything is taught from scratch.   All the techniques you learn here can be done comfortably at home and require no specialised equipment – most can be achieved with a bucket and some gloves! The dyes we use are cheap and easy to obtain.

If there is time at the end I’ll also do a demonstration of printing digital images on to fabric using a home inkjet printer.

With a maximum of 5 students you’ll get lots of one to one support. This will be backed up with group demonstrations and detailed class notes.

The class will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £150

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Making books with beautiful spines

4 days
19-22 September
(This was originally 12-15 Sept)
Thurs-Sun

Japanese stab binding – hemp-leaf pattern

 

Twin needle coptic bound book

 This course focuses on the many styles of binding which feature beautiful stitched spines. We will be focusing on four main styles, two forms of coptic stitch, various styles of Japanese stab binding, Secret Belgian Binding and a hybrid form with an accordion spine, individual inserted pages and a stitched spine.

With a maximum of 5 students you’ll get lots of one to one support. This will be backed up with group demonstrations and detailed class notes.

The class will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £300

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Dyeing and screen printing on fabric

5 days
30 Sept-4 Oct
Mon-Fri

Overlapping screen prints

Breakdown screen print

Hand-dyed fabrics

Indigo dyed shibori design

Rust print

 

This is a comprehensive five days of adding colour, pattern and texture to fabric. You will learn how to use liquid and thickened Procion MX dyes, indigo dyeing, rust dyeing and a whole host of screen printing techniques including the gorgeous family of  breakdown screen prints.

With a maximum of 5 students you’ll get lots of one to one support. This will be backed up with group demonstrations and detailed class notes.

The class will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day.

Maximum students: 5
Cost: £375

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