Monday, 22 June 2020

Lockdown week 12

Claire van Vliet’s Folded Book Structures

Despite not being able to meet in person, we have enjoyed, if that’s not too strong a word, two Zoom sessions now. Whilst it isn’t perfect, at least we can see one another and enjoy a bit of book-focussed chat. It has been especially nice to enjoy Antigoni and Eric’s company, both rather far-flung members of our group.

The Magellan project continues, and Jac has done a lot of work on preparing the book ready for our embroideries, stencils and transfers. She has also produced a set of information pages to help you work out where the ships and sailors were at any given time, which should help with the sizing and placement of text and embroidery; if you’d like a copy please email and it will be sent to you. Lots of other good work going on, not all of it book-based, and it is as always good to share our inspiration, especially at a time when it can be lacking for many people.

Our theme for the months of June and July is “collections” (or collectors, collecting).

Finaly some lovely news from Antigoni who some of you may know was expecting her first child this month. We’re happy to announce that Gregory was born on the 1st June, and is a very bonny baby. Congratulations to Antigoni

Claire van Vliet’s Folded Book Structures
Jac .......This is a book that I assume is no longer in print. The authors have allowed it to be freely available on the web.
Woven and interlocking book structures from the Janus, Steiner and Gefn presses
It’s available at this address.

You can choose from a range of options. I downloaded the pdf and printed it because I wanted a hard copy (but it was in the days when I was at work and could justify it on the department budget).

Please also see Jac's detailed notes on Gelli Transfer printing as explained in the last Zoom meeting viewed vire the menu at the top of the blog. Also available on her blog.

Gelli Plate offset printing by Jac Balmer


It was great that Eric from Australia was able to join our last Zoom meeting and he talked about and demonstrated a folding box.


Bit of a crafty session and Calligraphy practice. I think that’s why I like making Journals and filling them it brings all the skills together and by doing a bit each keeps you up to speed.
Stay safe
Eric and Jackie

Helen shared some of her experiments with 'string painting'  that she had discoverd on youtube

Friday, 1 May 2020

ZOOM meeting

Virtual NWBA Meeting

Marilyn is willing to have a go at hosting a Zoom virtual NWBA meeting as a chance for us all to keep in touch whilst we cannot meet in person.  We will be able to  show each other what we have been working on, or lament the fact that inspiration is lacking!    We can also just have a general catch up. 

Some of you will already have used Zoom, but for those of us who haven’t, Marilyn will need your confirmation that you are interested by email to:

She then sends you an invitation to join the meeting. 
All  you have to do is just click on the day and time of the meeting - no need for passwords or joining Zoom yourself.

N.B.   you will need to download the app onto your laptop, computer or tablet. Tablet or laptop is best as you get a better view, but it can be done on a mobile phone as well. So, if anyone would like to have a go, do send your email address to Marilyn for a 
                        Zoom NWBA meeting on Saturday May 9th at 10.30 am.

Marilyn's pages from her Formby ABcdary:

From Jac :

Magellan hasn't progressed very far. I have finished going through the book for sailors names and I will get them typed up and sent on this week. I was going to go through the fabric strips and tack papers to them with the dates, important happenings and interesting stuff so that when we meet up we have a starting point for putting things together. But I managed to slice my thumb open while harvesting rhubarb so holding a needle, or anything that needs pressure hasn't been possible. Again a job for the next few weeks.

I did manage to do a book for ABC. The theme put me in mind of The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie so I thought I’d write my own mystery story.

In the eighties we inherited a lot of books from my parents in law, mass produced hardback books from the forties and fifties. Most of them were red (they had lost their dust covers over time). I wanted to try and reference that sort of a feel with my book. 

The whole text is on my website :

Friday, 17 April 2020

Lockdown week 4........

A few more designs towards the Magellan Project by Marilyn and Cath...........

I would imagine most of us are having motivation difficulties in this endless lockdown of our lives, but setting targets and weekly schedules according the psychologists is a good way to divert some of the stress and angst.

Large projects seem a bit overwhelming at the moment.   I keep leaving out  accusing bits of art  and media tasks that need doing, until I give in. So  now I have at last embarked on creating small saleable items for our next show when we have one.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Magellan Progress

Jac ...I have cut and frayed 33 yards 2 feet and 4 inches of canvas strips of varying widths ready for making the book. I'll make a start on marking it up with dates etc.

Jane has been experimenting with 'flying fish'

Joyce has been making 3D  ' nets'

Whilst Frances has been colouring 'sea monsters'  and now moving to 'anchors'.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Notes from the Bunker

Update from Simon regarding 'Spring Clean'  event at Editions Gallery


I hope you’re coping with the extraordinary circumstances we’re living through, and are keeping well.

A statement of the obvious (but we thought we should be explicit): our PV and exhibition(s) won’t take place in April. This decision has been made in line with government advice to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

We plan to reschedule when circumstances allow – maybe this autumn, maybe a ‘Spring Clean 2021’. It may be months before we’re in a position to know.

This is of course very minor in the wider context of the pandemic; priorities are health, safety & security.

We hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well. Let’s look out for each other and show kindness in this difficult time.

All the best


Marilyn and I have been working (when the brain allows) on the Magellean Project.
So far no one has yet been in touch regarding taking up a subject from the list When your panic and stress has subsised and things settle a bit please have a think about it  as there is a tremendous amout of work to do.

Each blog I will include some new sites of interest to get the creativity going again........Don't forget the next project ABC.  Please sends pictures