Friday, 19 January 2018

Herbarium - World Museum

Brenda, Jane and Marilyn joined the Merseyside Embroiderer’s Guild for a tour of the herbarium at the World Museum, as well as a view of some of the zoological specimens and some costumes from Oceana. The herbarium has a huge folio edition of the drawings from Thomas Cook’s first voyage to Australasia, alongside some specimens from that era. 

Brenda was especially taken with the silver ferns from New Zealand, Jane with some of the bark,  whilst Marilyn loved the lorikeets whose colours seem as fresh as if they were new specimens. Lots of ideas for the contribution we are planning to the Endeavour exhibition at the cathedral in September. Big thanks to the Embroiderer’s Guild for their generosity in sharing the behind-the-scenes tour and the exhibition.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Liverpool Book Art Exhibition

I’m pleased to say that our submission for the Liverpool Book Art Exhibition has been accepted, and all we have to do now us make it! For April set up!! 

So, at our next meeting in February  we’ll be discussing how we put the exhibit together, and you can ask any questions about your book. As a recap, we’re focusing on the opening of Pandora’s jar containing all the ills of the world, with our books in a specific form although content can be as varied as you like.  We will also need a book to represent Hope at the bottom of the jar. If you think you have any materials which might be of use for the exhibit, eg Wendy’s jar or Frances’ idea for a papier mache jar, please either bring them along or be prepared to discuss them at the meeting.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Exposed Hinge Book

North West Book Artists began the New Year with a discussion of future plans-this looks like being a busy year - and then a discussion of the state of our finances and thoughts about membership. We will reexamine this later in the year. We also agreed to a review of our mailing list. A  quick show and tell of work completed since our last meeting followed.  Interesting work on, amongst others,  hand coloured paper using leaf dyes, the re-use of old greetings cards to make new ones,  an ornament made of old cards which could also made as a  book form and a long stitch book completed.


We then made an exposed hinge book in which one could store used but special Christmas or other cards. Or indeed photographs or anything else. This style can be made in smaller and larger formats, and looks especially good with coloured hinges. Use PVA to glue pages to hinges if you have time and patience, or double sided tape if you have neither.


The next blog will have details of our February project, making signatures for a case-bound book and designing a calligraphic label for our “Journeys” collaborative book. Meeting room 2 is ours from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. only, so please try and be prompt.

Has anyone noticed we always seem to have food on the table ?

Monday, 8 January 2018

News from Australia

Thought you would like this.
King Parrots male and female. They turn up most days,sometimes I don’t hear them i just look around and they are there.
still making the diary sketchbooks
I made these from the maps we got in 2015 I tried different types of Stab Binding
Good night. Last one as I am of to bed,early start Birding.
all the best

Saturday, 30 December 2017

New Year - New Life - New energy 2018

Hi all,
                            A Very Happy New Year

At our January meeting we’ll be making something for your Christmas cards and also looking at other ideas to use them. For this class, please bring along the following materials ready cut as this will save a lot of measuring and cutting time.

New Life in the woodland floor

2 x pieces of greyboard or stiff card,  9” tall x 6.5 “wide
12 x pieces of stiff card, 6” wide x 8.5”  tall
13 x pieces of stiff card (must be able to be folded in half), 8.5 tall x 1” wide
Paper to cover the inside of the book , 6” wide x 8 3/4 “ tall
Paper for the outside of your book, 8” wide x 10.5” tall
 A good amount of double sided tape, no more than 1/2” wide  Glue

Plus your usual kit of knife, mat, ruler etc.

Any ideas you may have to use old cards of any description in a useful or attractive way, please share them.  We’ll be meeting in room 2 , 4th floor, central library at the usual time of 10.30am this month and I look forward to seeing you there.