Monday, 17 September 2018

Forthcoming events

 https://www.hotbedpress.org/exhibitions/manchester-artists-book-fair/

Manchester Book Arts Fair 

Arrangements have been made for us to have a table at the Fair on Saturday, October 20th, where the fair will run at Chapter One Books, 19 Lever Street (actually on the corner of where Dale Street crosses Lever Street), Manchester M1 1BY, from 11-7. Anyone wanting to send a book along for the table please get it to Marilyn or bring it along early to the fair itself. Books should be, as usual, priced and in a secure container. Please note that pricing must be on the book itself, usually tied to it in some way, as when books are removed from their protective cover they still need to have a price visible.





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Monday, 3 September 2018

September - Mini Books

We enjoyed a busy and enjoyable meeting on the 1st September, welcoming new members to their first meeting, Eric still visiting from Australia and Michelle on her sabbatical from New Zealand. There has been a lot of illness amongst member’s families recently, and we send very best wishes to Sue, Eric, Estella and others.





The Croxteth event on  Bank Holiday Sunday was wet and rather cool,  but we did sell some books, amazingly. Such a shame when Brenda and others had worked so hard. Thanks to Janet for helping out. Brenda is also heavily involved in the Merseyside Embroiderer’s Guild ‘Endeavour’ exhibition at the Anglican Cathedral, running from September 22nd to the 29th. She brought along the visitor’s book which is intended to showcase what skills we have as a group. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE :The Endeavour embroiderer's exhibition will end at 4pm on Friday September 28th, not Saturday 29th as stated on fliers and posters.

The Frankenstein Exhibition is moving to Knowsley, and we may be involved in a demo there later in the year, so more on that at a later date. If you didn’t catch the exhibition in the library, you can still see it until January at the Kirkby Gallery, Knowsley




Our making session concerned miniature books, and several members had brought examples along. We discussed the problems of selling small books for a decent price, and wondered about the merits of selling them in bundles. The book we actually made is a downsized version of  Heidi Kyle’s fishbone book, which is easier to make than the full-sized original. Much concentration and muttering ensued as this is a book form where accuracy is key. The second book was generally felt to be much better than the first as everyone got their heads around the various folds. If you’d like to have a go, the best instructions I’ve found are at the Green Chair Press website-it’s American, hence the instructions in inches. 











Our usual October meeting has been moved from the central library due to anticipated congestion for the giant puppet event. Instead we are going to a wood in the Wirral which Frances had kindly arranged, and from which we hope a new lot of books will be generated by the December meeting. More instructions will follow, so check this blog for travel and other details please, but in essence we will gather at the Costa Coffee shop in Heswall, Wirral at 10.30 a.m. on October 6th, whatever the weather!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

October - Visit to the Wood

Harrocks Wood in Irby, Wirral is our October field trip instead of meeting at the library.
                            Please be aware that the visit is at your own risk 

This visit is intended as an enjoyable, relaxing, inspirational engagement with a view to stimulating creative ideas based on experiencing a special place.  HW is part of quite an old if not ancient site comprised of woodland, watermeadows and farmland owned by the National Trust. The field systems are medieval and show evidence of ridge and furrow farming.        October should be a colourful time to visit.

Please bring the following:

An open mind,
Decent footwear
Something to sit on and wet weather gear if necessary.
Sketchbook, notebook, camera or phone, polybag for gathering.





We will meet first for coffee in Heswall Costa from 10.15 -10.45 from there we will travel  to the wood together.  Costa is a short walk from Heswall Bus station. Parking is available behind the row of shops or free in Tesco Car park.


Buses : 471 and 472  from Sir Thomas Street to Heswall Bus Station. Timetables available from Merseytravel.
                     There may be changes on the day because of the giants parade.



Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Miniature Books

Croxtoth Park - August Bank Holiday

Here are a couple of photos from yesterday - not the woollen mittens!  As you can imagine, it was rather cold and very wet-not ideal for paper products,  but we managed and didn’t ruin anything. Sadly,  the weather put off visitors, although we did manage to sell 3 books and some bookmarks. It would have been a super day in better weather.
Choirs, live music, lots of plant and bulb stalls and lovely people.........Marilyn




Our September session will be considering the appeal of miniature books, and we will also be making one in a style which can be ‘bigged up’ to make a full size book if you wish. If anyone has very small or miniature books they would be willing to bring along and share with us, that would be great.
So, for the making part of our meeting you will need the following: 


Cutting mat, safety ruler, and knife. Please note that your instructions will be in inches so a ruler to mark inches is important, but it will not be needed for the actual cutting.  

2 pieces of patterned paper, ideally double sided and not too thick, which measure  eleven and three quarter inches by four inches. There will be plenty of measuring to do so bring your glasses if you need them!

We will be finalising details for our offsite visit to Harrocks Wood on the Wirral in October.

We’re back to normal this month, meeting in meeting room 2,  4th floor of the central library at 10.30 a.m.

Monday, 6 August 2018

August - Trifold Cards

Firstly sincere apologies for the delayed start of Wendy's workshop on trifold cards.  This was due to a serious administrative error on the part of the library cancelling our booking.  Fortunately we are  capable people and we muddled through and had a very enjoyable morning.  Hopefully by now we have managed to contact anyone who was sent away by the library staff before we got there.



We welcomed Eric back into the country from Australia and he came bearing  gifts and developed ideas.

We discussed several matters,  the highlight  of which was the success of the NWBA table at the LIverpool Book Art Fair.  This success was put down to our prime location at the entrance to the fair otherwise we may not have been seen by so many visitors.  Moneys and books were returned. 


Brenda finalised arrangements for  our table at the Croxteth Park event on 26th August.  Unfortunately with it being a Bank Holiday Weekend not many members will be available to attend. Some very nice work on the garden theme has been made for the event. These were passed around for view.   Great interest was  shown in the technique of Cyanotype used by  Cath in her books.   This may be a future subject for a workshop next year.


NB. Septembers topic is  TRACKS