Monday, 21 January 2019

Folding February

Those if us who managed to struggle through ice and snow and terrible public transport delays enjoyed the warmth of the library and each other’s company as we set to making a new folded book from Hedi Kyle’s The Art of the Fold.

Once the tricky folding is mastered, this is a book that has plenty of potential uses, and within minutes of making their first book members were busy subverting the idea.  This is always a test of a good structure if you have a go at making this book yourself.   Text weight paper is the best-anything too stiff and heavy just won’t fold as well. 

The Paul Johnson workshop is now fully booked with a couple of people on the waiting list.

We discussed the programme for this year, and thanks to the skill sharing of members we have plenty to do to keep us busy. No fairs are as yet planned except for Liverpool, but Brenda hopes there will be another attempt at an August week-end at Croxteth.  We have expressed initial interest in being there. The Frankenstein exhibit has been collected and is stored with Marilyn, but perhaps members could think about who might store our next joint piece.


Don’t forget our swap/sale next month in addition to the Blizzard book (more Hedi Kyle!) which Jac is leading - more details to follow.

Erics Tunnel book

Friday, 28 December 2018

Paper Weaving

For those of you new to the group, we aim to not only make books but also explore techniques that may help/inspire us when making book art. To this end we welcome contributions and sharing from all group members, most of whom are not trained teachers or demonstrators.

Our January meeting focussed on recycling once more. This time we were trying to re-use some of those long strips of paper we all have left over from previous projects, so paper weaving was our theme. More challenging than it sounds in terms of getting a tight weave, unless you are very careful at cutting your strips, we still managed to get some interesting, and in some cases beautiful results. These papers can be used for binding or decoration, but be aware that the thicker your paper the harder it is to use it once woven.

Several members brought along works in progress or completed, and a few of us have got the Hedi Kyle book, The Art of the Fold, for Christmas. No-one has yet had a go, and some books will be quite challenging we suspect!

The Paul Johnson workshop is fully booked if our reserve places are used, which is excellent news. We’ll have the larger room so that everyone has plenty of space. Please remember that a deposit of £10 is due in February, with the full sum of £20 due in May. Thanks to those who have already paid in full or in part.

We also enjoyed far more space to work in as more table space
  is now made available by the library.

We discussed our programme for 2019, which may of course be subject to change as the year progresses. It’s good to see members willing to share their expertise in meetings, and so we look forward to hearing  :

Frances on Nature Printing, Jac on the Blizzard book, and Sue on Pico cutting.
                  We also committed to finally having a joint workshop on working with gelli plates.

The theme for the next two months is ‘reflection’, due at our March meeting or whenever it’s complete! Please remember there is no compulsion about having a go at these bi-monthly themes

Our next meeting is in room 2 at the central library on February 2nd, 10.30 a.m. Fee is now £5.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

2018 Holiday thoughts


         Thought I would send you this. A couple of projects made from the paper I got from December’s meeting. Next years journal for February. The other is Cigarette cards with an Australian theme. It is not a complete set and I wanted to keep it like I received it. I have used post card sleeves so I could mount the cards so you could read the front and back and also used sleeves to display the cigarette packs. I have also used calligraphy to document a brief history as to the origin of the cards and how they came about. I am using Coptic stitch for the bind so it will open flat.
All the best
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year.

Cath has also been very busy : 

Antigoni has sent this ..........

 'Sending you through what I have made for the woodland theme. I am currently back in my hometown for the festive period and even though I had very limited tools, felt creative as I discovered this blue and black gouache colour in the attic and they were the only ones that had survived from a painting set more than 25 years old:)

Please pass on my wishes to everyone for a Happy New year! I miss the monthly meetings at the library but at least I am glad that I can still follow your news from the blog!'

Has anyone else had a chance to make something they would like to show?

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Christmas 2018

Although small in number,  7,  our Christmas meeting was full of cheer and inspirational work.  We had some wonderful samples of work to pass round . I (Fran) was delighted to see how everyone had engaged with the woodland theme, either by visiting Harrocks Wood or a woodland close to home. The response was very creative with lots of different techniques represented.

Sue showed us a book made from a Sizzix die which used faux leather to great effect.

We disc
ussed the ideas that members would like to explore in 2019, and these include blizzard books (thanks Jac for volunteering to demonstrate this useful format), and a threaded accordion.

Paul Jackson’s visit in June
was discussed, and names of people attending taken. We currently have 11 of 20 places taken up, with three non members on a reserve list, so if you wish to come to this session please let Marilyn know at the January meeting at the latest. The session will run from 10-4pm and an extended room has been booked for the event to give us plenty of space.

We made greetings books for each other during the session, a good reminder of an enjoyable session. Although perhaps early, we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and lots of making in the New Year.

We shall be meeting as usual on January 5th, but please note that we will be making a charge of £5 for meetings as from that month.

Message from Eric........who has at last made it home.

 "Thank you for sending the news paper clip. It good to come a cross like mind people and I find it very inspiring looking at other people’s work.  We are now back in Ulladulla after a week of travel and managing to avoid severe weather very lucky.  It sounds like December’s meeting went well.  I enjoy attending when I am over there.  I would like to be there for the pop up workshop as he is and excellent teacher.
    Anyway I like to thank all at North West Book Arts for making me most welcome.
Until next time have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year"

Ulladulla Bay

Saturday December 1st is officially the meteorological start of winter, so anyone following our woodland theme,  have 3 months  to create something to represent their chosen woodland in Winter.

As there is so much interest in leaf and rust printing I will add a couple of pages on different techniques  for the January blog.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November Notes

A change to our scheduled room meant we were a little constrained for space, but that turned out to be a good thing as we were able to help one another through the coptic stitch or chain binding that our friend Elizabeth Willow came to show us.  

This is a very useful binding for single pages, or for fairly small signatures, as we used for this exercise. Despite the relative complexity of learning the binding, everyone managed to complete a book, and went away armed with Elizabeth’s advice to make at least 6 more for practice, by which time the binding should be well embedded in our memories. As ever, Elizabeth was a very patient and calm teacher and we loved having her with us again.


Elizabeth recommended the new book by Hedi Kyle, entitled ‘The Art of the Fold’.

This podcast references Hedi Kyle and the book mentioned in our notes:

The Art of the Fold.


Shown works included ‘Tracks ‘, by Jackie and some leaf dyed work by Joyce, or books in the making ( including Harrocks Wood by Brenda) . Eric once again amazed us all by his industry and enthusiasm for all things book-related. Chris had brought some lovely hand-made papers to sell at extremely reasonable prices, and many of us took up the opportunity to restock.


 We briefly discussed the Manchester Artists’ Book Fair, and also the programme for next year. Everyone agreed that Paul Johnson, who is a very well-respected pop-up bookmaker amongst his many other skills, would make a great day, and we agreed to see if he could come along to our June 2019 Saturday, making the event a 10 - 4 session. This will mean an extra cost to the session to cover Paul’s fees. More details to follow.

Frances has been doing some experiements in rust printing paper. She will bring some samples for the next workshop.

Our next meeting is on the 1st of December, with more information to follow in a blog post nearer the time, but please bring along a blank book of at least 20 pages; it need not be very complicated but be ready for use.